Compared to the previous financial year, there was an increase of a whopping 60.6% in contact crimes such as murder, attempted murder, sexual offences and all categories of assault. Murder alone showed a gut-wrenching 66.2% increase. However, when compared to 2019, it’s a 6.7% increase.
Burglary at residential properties is South Africa’s most committed crime with 39 477 occurrences in the second quarter of 2021. Meanwhile, common assault is the second most perpetrated crime with 39 406 instances reported between April and June. Rape is another area of concern. It showed an increase of 2.8% when compared to pre-lockdown statistics. This amounts to 10 006 rapes between April and June 2021.
Learn to defend yourself
Without going into a whole debate about the causes of crime, the number one priority is to learn handgun self-defence.
In a CDC (Centers for Disease Control) study, entitled “Priorities For Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence,”, it found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.
Many gun owners keep a gun simply for the sake of having one. They don’t even start to think that they’ll need to defend themselves one day, so don’t commit to self-defence training. Big mistake!
Self-defence training starts with safety
At Marksman’s Nest, self-defence training starts with knowing the law and the rules. Never assume that you know all there is to know about firearm safety. If you’d like to conceal carry, always be low-profile. Don’t let criminals know you have a gun. We’ll show you how.
Always train with a certified instructor – so do your homework.
Good courses include demonstrations on safe gun handling, maintenance, shooting stances, grip, unholstering, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger press and reset, dry-firing safety protocols, rifle and pistol positions and basic shooting and other gun-handling drills.
Advanced courses include mindset, moving safely and tactically with a gun indoors and outdoors around objects and people, firing positions other than standing, and shooting while walking.
The synopsis is: be prepared because crime is out of control in SA. So, if you’re serious about defending yourself, your loved ones and property, take a step in the right direction by signing up for a course in self-defence.