- Choose a house with sufficient security in an area you are comfortable with.
- Choose a car that is reliable and not too flashy as your pride/husband will let you get away with.
- These above 2 points will be key for 95% of your time in Johannesburg and if you make security conscious choices here you will be well placed to avoid the majority of problems.
- Pay extra attention when driving into your property to make sure that you’re not being followed when you get home and be especially careful when leaving the airport, wearing expensive jewellery, or withdrawing large amounts of money from a cash machine.
- Wear expensive Jewellery.
- Drive with your window down – especially at night. Most people drive with their car doors locked and handbags out of sight. If your buying a car here, you can arrange to have a window laminate installed on your windows which makes it harder to see what is inside and harder to smash to help prevent Smash & Grabs (it’s called a smash & grab laminate!).
- Drive through red lights (which is the advice everyone gave me before I got here!). This is highly dangerous. I would only consider doing this if it’s night time, you’re 100% sure there’s nothing coming and there are people hanging around your car making you feel uncomfortable.
- Don’t list your house address as home on your GPS. If your car is stolen and you have a gate remote and your GPS in your car, you will also be giving them access to your home.
- Go to high risk areas. There are some places in the CBD that have been regenerated and are safe to go to in the day but the majority of the CBD is a no-go area especially at night. Don’t go to townships like Hillbrow/ Alexandra/ Yeovill/ Soweto without a guide. GPS has an annoying habit of sending you through some scary places (especially from the airport) so if possible, check your route before you go.
- Open your front door/gate to someone that you’re not expecting and tell any staff you employ not to let people in, unless they are expected. Even when tradespeople are expected, ask them for ID before you let them in.