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High crime rate in South Africa: have an extra safe for the robbers - save your own safe and be happy after a robbery

Updated on September 17, 2014

The high crime rate in Africa, a loving husband and the size that does not matter

I knew about the high crime rate in South Africa that became part of the local way of life, so it was no real surprise for me one day that a robber stepped into the room where I was sitting by the computer.

I got married through an online dating site when I was an expat on contract in Botswana. My husband is a German citizen, resident in South Africa. We are not very young anymore but that is another matter, so we are prepared to be happy anyway. I for one, certainly. I moved from Botswana to join my husband in South Africa. I have been warned about the high crime rate in the country, long before I came from Europe to Botswana, so I knew about it but I tookit as being part of the package of living in this exciting part of the world with so much to offer in cultural and geographical beauty. My personal security in Knysna was a topic that I pushed a bit out of my focus.

That afternoon I knew I was alone in the house as my husband just went out fishing - that is his hobby. He likes to catch fish that has a big size. I am very happy witn the fish he is catching for me.

So, I looked up, as the robber was suddenly standing in the doorway.

He was holding in his right hand a small sized but apparently sharp knife, with a narrow blade, about 10 cm long.

That was the moment when I knew the truth about the size: size does not matter. I am very happy that I can remember that. This is a matter of fact.

The doorway where the robber stood, between me and that painting of mine... - to be robbed and keep happy - real wisdom comes with experience

the doorway where the robber appeared
the doorway where the robber appeared

The robber left the doorway and came close. He held his narrow and small knife to my throat. He was well spoken and well organized. I want your money, he said, and if you screem, I kill you.

I did not have rands cash in the house. We usually don't keep bigger amounts.

Not really angry, he asked me then for my jewelry and laptop. He presumed I had those and he was right.

I gave him my ring, the wedding and engagement rings off my fingers. I want your other jewelry, he asked

I said I have no more but I gave them all to him anyway, my whole collection, when I saw that he starts checking the drawers of the dressing table. He got me off the chair and motioned me to the bed. I just felt a big black hole in my stomach.

At the end I was very happy to see that he only tied me up. It was easier for him to do that while I was sitting on the side of the bed. I was watching his head, while he was bent before me, labouring to tie up my feet. He used my own shoelaces from the Nikes I was wearing. Next time no Nikes with laces as long as the high crime rate in South Africa will not show signs of changing.

Buy Two Safes Today, Maybe You Keep the Robbers Away! - Buy Safes and Keep Your Money in the Banks

there are ways to protect your money. Two safes get you safer than one safe. If the stuff hits the fan, you give up your other's safe.

his safe
his safe

The more safes the better!

have your safe and keep some small money in it

Take me to the safe- my robber said and I answered that we don't have one and that was true as we have two. He thought that I am lying but he was probably used to be lied to first, in his profession, so to speak. He did not get angry, although he wasn't happy either. He motioned me on my feet and I had to hop with him through the house to look for the safe. I caught his arm on one side and leaned heavily on him, just so I wake up some protective instincts in his subconscious manly and better side. I know there are such instincts and sides in every man. A woman only needs to know where to look for them.

He started the search and came dangerousely close to my own safe, in the bathroom over the masterbedroom. I was keeping there the money I just got from the bank, exchanged all in Euros. I was preparing to travel to my home country, to Europe, 8 years after I left it. I was a very happy woman for the last three month, planning the trip. I was really looking forward to feel safe again for a short while, escaping the high crime rate of South Africa.

So, I quickly took the right decision and said, come, I take you to the safe and hopped him to the other side of the house, to my husband's office and safe.

I did not know what was inside it.

In the pic is shown my husband's safe, in the corner, right.

Safety tips and security advice for tourists traveling to South Africa

Visit South Africa and keep safe

Just don't let yourself put off from visiting South Africa -- or indeed the whole of the Southern part of Africa -- because of safety and security concerns by the reported high crime rate in the country. Respecting a few guidelines and precautionary behavior your trip to Africa will give you the time of your life and many memories to cherish. The Africans that are not involved in crime are wonderful people, warm and accommodating, friendly and have always a big smile on their faces to greet you. Security issues can be dealt with -- just keep on the safe side and to the safety advisory tips. The natural beauty of the country and its people is highlighting the diversity of its cultural and geographical landscape -- it is a place well worth visiting all year round as the climate is suitable for outdoor activities through all seasons. Have a safe and happy journey to South Africa if you decide to come!

Why don't you have no money? - that is a good question! I am asking myself the same sometimes -- only keys and no money.

no money
no money

The robber, somewhat confused of my sudden compliance, asked for the keys. The ring with the keys was on the desk. He said open it - I said you open it, I don't know which key is the one for the safe and my hands were tied up. By that time we have bonded, the robber and me, and he did not try to argue. He just took the keys and promptly recognized the one that matched = opened the safe and found some envelopes. As he was checking them, I was trying to look over his shoulder. I never checked my husband's safe and now I wanted to know what was in there. There were papers and a box with money that was saved from trips overseas. All foreign money but with no value, small amounts in reality although some with figures quite impressive, into thousands, It happens when one is traveling abroad and always left with some change. One just takes that home for good luck. There was some Zimbabwean money too, although old of 15 years ago. It said ten thousand Dollars on it. Right now, one could not buy a slice of bread with a ten thousand Zimbabwean Dollars note . I pointed that out to the robber although I thought he should have known it anyway, Zimbabwean money is a joke right now, something to laugh about, or to cry, after years of galopping inflation.

Nevertheless, the robber pocketed all that worthless money. He was not interested in the other papers he found nor in my honest advice.

I noticed that the robber did not have a wallet. My husband had a spare one somewhere but I didn't want to look for it. I was happy with the robber as he was, without a wallet The high crime rate in South Africa makes us, local people sometimes insensitive to some needs of others.

Does the size of the wallet count? - big or small?

there is always an option and you are the one to make the choice

her safe
her safe

The happy robber, my jewelry and his money

He only took the money that he found

Though not unnecessarily rough, he now put me into the rocking chair and tied my hands together with my feet. He looked as if he'd accepted the fact - nevertheless, he asked before leaving me in that foetal position: why don't you people ever have money?

I did not know how to put it nicely, but by now almost certain that I will get away alive, I offered: Well, you know, we are afraid of robbers. We keep money in the banks, provided we have it.

My robber seemed to find the explanation to be reasonable. He just nodded and asked for the keyring with the remote to the gate and left, comfortable, with just a little bag, carrying the laptop, jewelry and his money in Zimbawean Dollars.

I watched him leaving and thought about my own 10 000 American Dollars, left in my own safe that the robber did not asked me about. I have cheated but won in the struggle - in my own individual struggle with the high crime rate in South Africa.

A bag that makes the man - a professional bag for a professional man

Baggage is important. The nicer they are, the better we look

High crime rate in South Africa

Crime is affecting everybody

Check the crime statistics in South Africa

Immediately after the abolishment of Apartheid in South Africa and the coming to power of the ANC, crime has been blamed only on the frustration of the former oppression of the black majority by the white minority but soon the crime turned colorblind. In fact, nowadays, the poorer citizen living in the informal settlements are much more affected by crime as they have no money to pay the relatively high price of security that the whites are paying to the private companies for electric fences, high walls and the constant maintenance of security devices. The cost of intervention and patrol personnel of private companies makes the rates of home security high, in direct proportion with the crime rate. These costs can not be covered by the average population of the poorer residential areas.

The safe that is stronger than the high crime rate in South Africa - No robber can take it from you. Hide the keys!

tanzanite ring
tanzanite ring

My husband saved my day

getting new jewels

My husband felt sorry when he found me all tied up and bruised at the wrists. My legs tied to my wrists, I somehow managed to get off the rocking chair but not able to reach the hight of a kitchen top for a knife to cut the shoelaces that kept me tied. Luckily the phone was on a lower shelf in the sitting room and I made the number with my tongue. My husband that was out fishing was taken with the fish and did not understand at first what I was saying, because I had a dirty pair of socks tied around my mouth. I said UHMMMMMMMMMM UHMMMMMMMMMMMMM UHMMMMMMMMM. He asked :what?What?What?

He came home though and did the feeling of sorry and called the police.

After the police left, my husband went straight to the jewelry shop and bought me a new ring with a tanzanite. The robber has taken my diamonds. I was very happy with my new ring but couldn't help thinking that he could have bought me three rings and an earring and a necklace online from Amazon for that money he spent in a luxury shop in the middle of our town center, well priced for the tourists from abroad. That is how we are women sometimes and I quickly felt ashamed of myself but happy. No bones broken and a new ring! What else can a woman want?

I guess it will be my Valentine's present too, all in one, so I can be happy now for that too and forget for an instant about the high crime rate in South Africa..

Buy sport shoes without laces - no laces handy

To Whom It May Concern!

we do not keep money in the house anymore! When traveling, I transfer money to the country of destination into friends' accounts and get them there. I have no jewelry and never ever will -- I completely lost interest for jewels, being more interested in spiritual goods nowadays -- I only have that one ring, it is not worth to bother! My husband keeps no cash at home -- because the high crime rate in South Africa, he is budgeting for small amounts or makes special arrangements for greater values.

Could the high crime rate in South Africa affect your happiness?

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      6 years ago

      My heart was in my throat as I read of your horrible experience and was in awe of your presence of mind, even with a small knife at your throat. I wasn't aware of the high crime rate in South Africa but it would have to affect one in life. It seemed I could picture each event of this experience as though I was watching in on TV, you tell it so well and I could almost hear your heart beating. You are a brave lady and more than a survivor. Bless your husband's heart for the beautiful tanzanite....I think I would have been thinking about the price savings on Amazon too, we women are like that I guess. I pray that you have had inner healing from this ordeal. Thankfully, you were not more seriously injured or even killed by this robber.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Wedding Mom 

      6 years ago

      So sorry you went throw this on the other hand such an experience leaves us stronger and awed of how we react to different stimulus. In your case you showed great courage in your dark hour

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      6 years ago

      great story and your a smart woman. Love your advice two is better than one. Thanks for sharing.

    • gamecheathub profile image


      6 years ago

      Your story is amazing, yet scary. I am glad you are ok. Robbery stinks and I'm glad he didn't get too much from you. Very smart with a backup safe. Never thought of that.

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      7 years ago

      intotdeauna o sa ai ceva de scris ,pentru ca mereu ti se intampla ceva...

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      7 years ago

      Very smart thinking and a clever piece of advice. Two is better than one! Good luck to you! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Wow! While I appreciate your advice to have 2 safes, I was transfixed by the story of the robber. That is awful, but I am so glad he did not do real physical harm. Just makes me shiver!

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      7 years ago

      I am happy woman and I was not robbed.

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      7 years ago

      life in South Africa has its good but also the not so good parts -- as everywhere else. I am glad you did not end up badly hurt or worse.

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      pimbels lm 

      7 years ago

      I am glad nothing happened to you. I live in Namibia and our neighbors were robbed by three men in the middle of the night. Luckily nobody was killed. Good advice you give with the two safes, thank you.

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      7 years ago

      You did very well to keep your wits (and your life) in such a terrible situation!

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      Ilona E 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      I am happy you visited my lens:) Anyway, that is a terrible ordeal you went through. I admire your smarts and knowledge of human nature. And you are very brave, I think.

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      7 years ago

      You are a strong woman.

    • viscri8 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      LubosLabik, always glad If people can learn from me! Are you a woman, a man or a robber?

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      Fcuk Hub 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for good advices


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