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Most universities and colleges will go to great lengths to ensure the protection of their students. Visual reminders of this include campus cameras, Campus Security and various building safety measures. Safety, however, goes beyond relying on these external measures. It includes taking the initiative to safeguard your own protection. So, before heading off to university, we suggest familiarising yourself with these crucial student safety tips:

STUDENT safety tip #1

Distribute your class schedule with your family and CLOSE network of friends. This will create a type of buddy system where those closest to you are made aware of your daily whereabouts. Make sure that your parents and friends all have each other numbers too in case of emergency! 

STUDENT Safety tip #2

Do not give your student card or room key to ANYONE. And we really do mean no anyone. Keys can be copied and used to access your room without your consent. Individuals may also use your student card to access various areas of campus, endangering both you and fellow students. 

STUDENT safety tip #3

Every university has a security office and full-time Campus Security that forms part of your tuition. Make use of this resource and ensure that you know where their offices are located on campus. Your university website will also provide you with their emergency numbers. Familiarise yourself with their offerings which might include:

–          Campus Security escort service

–          University safety apps

–          Emergency phone stations

–          Campus maps 

STUDENT safety tip #4

Very few things are more empowering than self-defence and situational awareness. It will have you feeling more confident and most importantly, feeling a little safer. No, you don’t need to be aiming for a black belt, but rather basic, yet effective, self-defence moves. Make sure to check out any local self-defence classes in your area.

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #5

Always have a few safety supplies on your person. This could be a little bottle of pepper spray or a mini taser. This should be kept in an easily accessible place so you can grab it at any time! We suggest adding it either to your keychain or to a lanyard that hangs under your shirt. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #6

When it comes to safety tips – this one is important – ALWAYS lock your room door. Even if you are just heading out for a few minutes. If your room is located on the first floor, make sure to also lock your windows. Keep all valuables safe in a locked drawer or hidden safe. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #7

Social media is a fantastic platform to keep up to date with friends and family. This space is also a breeding ground for predators. Steer clear of geotagging your photos or revealing your exact location. We suggest taking the time out to do a full social media safety audit

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #8

Before getting into your car, always check your wheels. A common tactic amongst criminals is to place sharp objects into your tyres, ensuring that you are unable to drive far distances. When approaching your vehicle, walk at a slight angle, assessing if any predators are potentially already in your car. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #9

Venturing to a new part of campus? Make sure to familiarise yourself with the area using your campus map. Always walk with confidence and hide all electronics that will distract you and make you an easier target. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #10

Should you be a victim of ANY crime, notify both the police and Campus Security. Reporting the incident will help authorities mitigate future risks. Your university also maintains strong relations with local police, who will be able to help assist in future.

These simple precautions are not only cost-effective but easy to apply in your daily life. Student safety remains a priority, so take responsibility for your personal security by employing these tips today!

In this world, kindness and compassion are often hard to come by but you still get some people who are a little too nice. While this is a commendable quality to have and you should never lose your kind and thoughtful traits, there are some situations where being too nice can really affect your safety. This is when being more assertive will benefit you.  

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re uncomfortable and unhappy but you feel too timid or shy to change the situation you’re in?

When is being too nice not okay

When you’re out and having a good time with friends or even if you’re at a shop running errands, if you find yourself in a risky situation, you need to do something. 

There are some situations that warrant your kind nature but when you find someone is being too pushy or has invaded your space, there is no need to be passive. Most of the time in these cases, if you do not stand your ground and make it clear that you don’t appreciate the advances, the attention or you just need some space, something far worse can take place. 

Criminals prey on those they deem as weak and vulnerable and if you make yourself appear that way, you run the risk of being preyed up. “Niceness” can make you an easier target to be taken advantage of, controlled, and even emotionally, physically and sexually abused. It can also prevent you from standing up for yourself, even in situations that aren’t very dangerous. 

Why do we feel we need to be nice? 

Sometimes we’re more concerned with what others think of us than what we think of ourselves. We’re more worried about making someone feel bad or causing a scene than we are with asserting ourselves. 

Often, we’re even more concerned about giving people the benefit of the doubt and thinking their intentions may not be impure rather trusting our own perceptions. 

This is something that is ingrained in many of us. Rather be polite than have to deal with confrontation but eventually (or sooner rather than later) this is going to a detriment to your safety. It might be time to learn to be a little more assertive and how to do it without feeling bad. 

How to be more assertive 

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There is no such thing as being ‘too rude’ when your life is in potential danger. If you’re uncomfortable or feel like someone has invaded your personal space, you should:

  • Stand tall and with confidence
  • Tell them how you feel and assert yourself
  • If the situation does not change, remove yourself

This might be easier said than done, for many people, this is more difficult than it sounds. What we suggest is trying to remain cognisant of the fact that you will probably never see this person again (if they’re a stranger) or if they’re someone you know, consider whether or not this is someone you actually need in your life. 

You should never feel like you HAVE to stay in any situation, you shouldn’t worry about appearing rude or impolite – your personal safety comes first!

Being assertive shows that you respect yourself because you’re willing to stand up for your interests and express your thoughts and feelings. You’re telling yourself and the person threatening your safety that you matter and you will not accept how you’re being treated. Always keep in mind that creating a scene is always a deterrent and appearing confident will keep potential predators at bay anyway.

How to deliver your message the correct way 

Remember, it’s not just what you say but also how you say it that’s important. 

Assertive communication is direct, clear and can be stern. If you communicate in a way that’s too passive, your message may get lost because people will underestimate your seriousness or find it easy to walk over you. 

Our top tips would be for you to:

  1. Keep your emotions in check:

Being overly emotional, crying or panicking can take away from the message you’re delivering. You have every right to be stern and even raise your voice if necessary (this will garner some attention) but try and remain in control of the situation. 

Do not show that you are scared or intimidated, remain calm on the outside, be serious in what you have to say and make yourself heard without compromising yourself. 

  • 2. Use body language: 

Your body language says everything. By simply turning your back to the situation/person and keeping your stance even, your back and shoulders upright, you immediately appear more confident and in control. If this doesn’t deter the person, remove yourself from the situation. Under no circumstances do you need to stay somewhere or with someone who is threatening your safety and security. 

Becoming more assertive can be difficult but it can really add to your safety. It might seem like ‘no big deal’ but being too nice can land you in situations you never intended to be in. If your safety and security is something of concern to you, if you need a risk assessment or if you require some advice on how to increase your security, we’re always here

Our priority is ensuring our clients are safe and protected at all times regardless of how inaccessible they may be. This is often when medical assistance and security operations combine. These two concepts are married in many circumstances to help bring the best solution to an unforeseen problem.

We’re taking a look at how these separate entities come together in precarious situations. 

What is VIP Medical Assistance and security?

It is the merging of executive protection services with medical assistance where the protection company would be on standby 24/7 to cater to sudden injuries or illnesses by:

  • Servicing the necessary equipment 
  • Administering trained personnel 
  • Using medically approved treatments 

The protection company would ensure that they have the capability, skill and equipment to get to any emergency in a timely response using rapid deployment of advanced medical resources. In our case, we ensure the safety, security and general wellbeing of our clients by maintaining a holistic approach and a complete understanding of the risks within the environment. 

If you or your clients find that you have a considered risk such as high profile visitors, adventure sports or simply need a medic on-site, a protection company should provide fully equipped teams that provide both the required protection services as well as onsite 24/7 emergency medical services and primary health care under a medical practitioner’s guidance. 

The team should be able to provide:

  • Equip and man a simple medical station or onsite medical centres
  • Dedicated all-terrain and 4×4 ambulance services for:
    • Lodges or game lodges
    • Hunting safaris 
    • Eco-centres
    • Eco-adventure tourism 

Our VIP Emergency Medical Solutions:

Specific to Arcangel Protection Services, we provide an array of emergency medical solutions to our clients, these include:  

Aeromedical Service 

Emergency medical situations can be difficult to manage. It is especially difficult when the affected individuals are in remote, difficult to reach locations (private safari lodges). This is something we are uniquely capable of resolving with our experienced and highly trained medical and aviation team.

We can evacuate our clients from remote locations and transfer patients or injured people to the right facility in critical times using an aeroplane or helicopter to ensure there is no time-delay.

Due to the fact that we have these services available, we can also perform:

  • Remote Location Medical Rescue 
  • Patient Transfers
  • Concierge Doctor

This service provides a discreet medical option for those who wish to keep their medical needs out of the public eye. As well as those in remote locations requiring the services of a medical doctor. 

On-site Medical Support

Illnesses or injuries don’t discriminate and they can occur at any time without warning. Every individual is at risk, meaning that no matter where you are, your clients can easily come down with a cold, catch the flu, fall victim to some infection or injure themselves in some manner.

Operations Command Centre 

Our operations command centre ensures our team is fully capable and ready to go at any given time. From managing emergency calls as they come in and assigning the adequate medical professionals from our team based on what’s required to ordering supplies and conducting risk assessments, this solution is the backbone of our service.

Off-road Medical Capabilities 

In most cases, our clients are in remote, difficult to reach locations which is why we have the capabilities to reach them by using all-terrain, 4×4 ambulances and rescue units. We can reach our clients quickly in any off-road incidents.  

VIP Medical Solutions

More often than not, our clients are either high-risk clients or have their own high-risk clients who require discreet and unique solutions and services. We offer tailor-made solutions based on the client, the location and their unique needs.  

Often Executive Protection is thought of primarily but medical needs are only thought of as and when an emergency situation occurs which is why it is ideal to have both needs met by one unique and professional company. If this is something you may need or need more information on, don’t hesitate to contact us

Individuals who feel there is a threat to them or their families usually apply for restraining orders or protection orders. This is a way of ensuring that their loved ones, as well as themselves, are safe and protected. But do restraining orders actually work or are they merely a false sense of security?

What is a restraining order?

A restraining order aims at preventing the reoccurrence of any harm. This could be domestic violence, stalking or sexual harassment.

You need to state the conduct of the alleged offender and what they must refrain from doing. As long as he/she complies with the restraining order, you will be safe. If the respondent contravenes any stipulation of the protection order, he/she may be arrested. A protection order is enforced throughout the country once it’s granted. A restraining order is a court order intended to keep the abuser from your home, place of work, etc.

How to apply for a restraining order

As with any legal proceeding, applying for a restraining can be a lengthy process.

  • Get an affidavit and fill out the application form
  • Supporting affidavits by people who have knowledge of the matter in question may accompany the application
  • These documents must be handed to a clerk at the nearest court. The court will consider the application immediately
  • The application for a protection order is not limited to the person who has been harmed or threatened. The application may be created on behalf of the person by any other individual who has an interest in their well-being. This includes a counsellor, a health service provider, a social worker, a teacher or a member of the SAPS
  • If the court is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence that the suspect is committing or has committed an act of violence/harassment and unnecessary hardship as a result of the act, the court will issue an interim protection order against the respondent

Other information

  • The application for an interim protection order may be brought at any time and not only during office hours or on court days
  • The purpose of this interim protection order is to provide immediate protection to the complainant
  • The interim protection order has no force or effect until it has been served
  • The court is also required to issue a suspended warrant of arrest. A breach of the protection order requires that the respondent must be arrested by the police immediately
  • The interim protection order is not a final order from the court, but a temporary order which grants immediate relief until the return date (the date when the applicant and the respondent, after being given due notice, are to appear before the court to have the protection order made final). On this return date, the respondent is afforded the opportunity to present to the court reasons why the protection order should not be made final  
  • If the respondent does not appear in court on the return date, but the court is satisfied that proper notice has been given to the respondent and that there is sufficient evidence, the court may make a final order without the respondent being there

Are restraining orders effective?

The effectiveness of a restraining order is debatable. Many victims only apply for restraining orders after multiple experiences of serious abuse. The problem is, once these victims apply for a protection order, they run the risk of sending the abuser into a deep rage.  

Restraining Order Statistics

Violations of restraining orders are common and mean significant danger to the victim. The National Institute of Justice completed a two-year follow-up study of restraining orders. The results found that stalkers had the highest rate of re-offending. Here are some additional statistics;

  • 48.8% of victims were abused again after filing the order
  • 69% of stalked women were stalked again
  • 81% of stalked men were stalked again
  • 21% of victims experienced increased stalking and violence

Another study suggested that “the reported rates of protection order violations vary widely across studies, from as low as 7.1% to as high as 81.3%”. While other studies reported that restraining orders have a “15% success rate”. Studies vary based on the testing group they use. It makes it difficult to officially state the effectiveness of a restraining order. But most agree that the success of a protection order is 50/50. After all, it is just a piece of paper…

How you can protect yourself:

  • Tell someone: it is important that people who are close to you or who you work with are aware of your situation.  
  • Self-defense training: you may want to learn some basic self-dense moves so that you have the ability to get out of a sticky situation
  • Have a safety net: ensure you have someone or place of safety that you can run to
  • Get legal advice/ file a report: if you have children involved, find out what actions you can take and make the law enforcement aware of your situation
  • Be vigilant/ change your routine: make changes in your day so it isn’t easy to follow your wherabouts
  • Document everything: keep a record of every text/email, threat or act of violence, this will come in handy during court proceedings
  • Be wary of social media: having your life available for anyone to view or follow online is dangerous. It is easy to trace your location or your routine online
  • Keep your phone on you/charged always: if you need help, your phone is often your best ally
  • Escape plan: save money, move someone different, preferably into a secure complex/estate
  • Get help: if you have exhausted all possible options, try finding an executive protection company that can assist you  

Personal Protection

A 50/50 chance that you and your family are protected doesn’t sit well with us. A better option for you to consider, if you do find yourself in a dangerous situation or if you ever feel unsafe, is executive protection.

Executive Protection is also known as Close Protection or bodyguard services. Our experienced executive protection professionals in the field of covert and overt security will ensure you’re protected.

We will tailor the appropriate protection package for you based on our analysis of your risk profile. Once this is complete we then formulate a plan based on the requirements for the operation accordingly. All facets of your personal security are covered whether locally or internationally. Our specialist operators identify potential threats, ensure uninterrupted surveillance and around-the-clock protection.

We take your safety and security very seriously and while a restraining order is a good start, hiring a professional security officer will ensure absolutely nothing can happen to you. We will protect you 24/7. Contact us, you and your family are worth it.