- Created on 05 May 2010
With less than 100 days to the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, final preparations are in full swing and security concerns are back in the spotlight.
At task is the host nation’s appalling record on crime. From the moment South Africa won the right to stage the world’s greatest tournament the big question was, will fans from around the world be able to enjoy the party and still be safe?
“I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment about heading to South Africa for the World Cup finals but I know that safety will be an issue,” says Rob Schlipper, the founder of PacSafe® anti-theft travel gear, a Hong Kong company with over a decade’s experience in the industry.
“The best thing anyone can do is to make sure that you’re aware of what’s going on around you and try not to look like a tourist. Crimes like theft and pick pocketing are all about opportunity. If a thief can’t see a target, like an exposed wallet or an easily snatched carry-all, you’ve shut down their opportunity and they’ll move on to the next potential victim.”
While violent crime is a big concern in South Africa, with sex crimes up 10 per cent in the last year alone, the United States still cites rates of personal robbery as “critical”. Using United Nations and police force statistics, the US State Department claims South Africa has the fourth highest rate for robbery in the world.
Unfortunately, adventurous travelers are among the most likely targets. And there’s nothing more frustrating than wasting time on holiday replacing stolen gear and filing police reports.
Stash your valuables
While those numbers are frightening, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your property. The South African statistics reveal that cellphones, cash and identity documents were the most popular items stolen in street robberies.
A simple solution is to keep them hidden from view in a travel wallet. The slim-line PacSafe® CoverSafe 150 is hidden underneath clothing and the snatchproof design anchors around your belt, fastened tight. Its breathable fabric ensures that it is also comfortable to wear.
Anchor & conceal, when you’re not there
How do you keep your electronics and camera gear secure during the half-time break? What about security in a country where theft from vehicles is common?
The TravelSafe range includes portable safes for your valuable electronics, MP3 player and camera gear, with plenty of room for passports and credit cards. The TravelSafe 100 holds up to 2.5 liters. This model is lightweight (less than 300 grams), water-resistant, tamperproof and lockable. Larger versions can hold up to 20 liters.
At the heart of most PacSafe® products are four anti-theft features: eXomesh® panels that stop bags from being slashed open, reinforced slashproof straps and ties, tamperproof zippers and locks, as well as snatchproof anchors. What’s more the patented eXomesh® system protects your gear with its’ super-tough, laminated, slashproof, lightweight stainless steel mesh.