Police Harassment At Night

In this post, I will first go over 2 stories that have happened 1 week after the other and then also deal with ways of how we can prevent police harassment and what to do if it happens to you.

Justine (surname hidden for protection) recently drove late at night being following by a police car. The police car landed up flashing her with their blue lights. She was scared so she drove a little more as she was very close to her house. The cops put up their sirens and she stopped. The cops (2 males) landed up asking her to climb out of her car and frisked her and took her phone and started looking through her phone numbers. She asked them what this was about.

The police office said “We have a right to search you as we think you are hiding something”. They landed up trying to frisk her and she screamed. They told her they will lock her up if she refuses and that nobody was around. She said she was sorry and started crying. The men said they would make her life a nightmare if she says one word about this. They took her cigarettes and told her they are the law. Luckily the lady was not taken somewhere into a field, raped and then killed.

A week after, we got a call from a gentleman and a lady who were stopped along a not so busy road. They were not drunk all car licensing was in order. Usually when a policeman stops you, they give you a reason. These policemen landed up searching the whole car as they said they suspected the people of a robbery. “We think they thought because it was late at night, that we might be a little drunk and ask us for bribes”. The man, George told the policeman that he can test them for alcohol levels, and the cop straight away said to shut up or he will take him down to the station. They were searched and one of the cops tried to steal the digital camera we had in the back seat.

Luckily we saw him even though the one cop tried with a distraction. We asked him if he liked the camera and he put it on and even tried to steal the memory card out of there. He landed up throwing it onto the backseat. One of the officers also searched the girlfriend in the most horrible inappropriate way. We thought that only a female officer is allowed to frisk a female and vice versa. “We cannot trust the police anymore”.

In a separate case, there has been a police car cloned with people who are not really policemen. Both this and the other cases above could prove fatal so please read the following tips and stay safe!

Now for the tips:

1. Try your best to not drive alone at night especially if you are a woman.

2. Try take busy roads where there are lots of lighting and traffic.

3. When you leave your friends / families house, make sure you tell them that if you do not let them know you are okay within half an hour or however long it should take, they must know something is wrong and follow you or get some help.

4. If you are going to friends / family from your home, let them know you are on your way and if you don’t come back they must look for you!

5. If you have to go into a very quiet dark road, make sure you are not being followed into that road and that there are no police or other suspicious vehicles hiding in that road! You don’t know who to trust these days. However if somebody besides the police is following you, drive past those police officers if they are in your road as they will probably help you as catching a criminal will be good in their books. Alternatively drive to the nearest police station or very busy area like a busy garage full of cars if you have to.

6. Ask a security company to perhaps follow you home or 4-5 people in a car following you especially if you are a single lady in the car.

7. Download a security app that sends out a distress signal to selected friends / family members with your GPS co-ordinates. Also those apps in some cases can be linked with your security company. USE A EMERGENCY alarm that some tracking companies have. Sometimes the reaction time is less than 10 minutes.

8. Hide valuables in your car. Do not keep money on you. If you believe you are being followed… this is the time you get on your phone even while driving and phone your friends and the police if you have to.

9. A good tip – When the police stop you… make sure you make like you are on your phone and let your friends know you have been stopped… let the cops think you are phoning your friends if you don’t get a chance to and make sure the cops hear that you tell them where you are and for example to open up the gate for you.

10. If the cop stops you tell them your friend just phoned you they are waiting by the gate down the road so the cops will know they will come looking for you.

11. The cops will mostly stop to harass you in a quiet road, but if you are in a busy road, try and slow down to see if they go past you. If not stay there in the busy area. If you can, just drive to the garage hopefully there are cars and lots of lighting there.

12. If you have been stopped and the lights / sirens go off, you are going against the law if you do not stop. Do not give them the excuse to arrest you / really harass you. Like I suggest, see points 8, 9 and 10 above. Make sure that if you suspect any activity, use point 7 if you have that option.

13. What is important is stay calm and don’t swear at anybody. You can only report it later on once they have left. Then this case will be investigated probably without any results. Since this has been happening more often, chances are you might be lucky to see some justice.

14. It would be nice if you have access to get a secret recording device and start it when you suspect anything. Some GPS trackers actually have a microphone record button. Do not record from your phone and then hide it otherwise the police might look and find the phone and see what you are doing. Things could get real ugly. Maybe have a hidden phone recording application that is hidden from the police.

These tips could save your life and could allow you to prosecute these people abusing their ranks in the police force. It might seem extreme, but over 50 people have complained about this in the East Rand area alone and hundreds in Gauteng. Don’t let this happen to you.

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Numberplate Hijack method confirmed by Tracker

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How to lessen car theft at shopping malls

1. Make sure you park as close as possible to where people walk around, where it is busy preferably close to the shop entrances.

2. See if you can park as close as possible to cameras. Lots of more malls have cameras these days but the cameras do not always zoom as far as possible and in most cases are cheap camera makes. Rather park close to a camera.

3. Have a steering lock, a gear lock and proper immobilizer as well as a special tracker that alerts you straight away if something is happening. If there are 2 Toyota Yaris cars next to each other, they will steal the one without the extra measures since it is easier to steal. Period.

4. Do not always rely on security guards. It is amazing what a R200 note can do in some instances. People have tipped security guards every single time and then their car still gets stolen.

5. Park in ticket parking bays not in the open. You at least get better protection as there are cameras in those entrances in most cases as well as it will be harder for the person to leave without a ticket.

NOTE: Criminals land up in some cases pressing the green button and getting their own ticket while walking in which they can use to exit the premises or can find a lost ticket by going out saying they lost their ticket, paying R50 for a lost ticket and then using that ticket again to exist with your vehicle. Silly but they do it and their cars have fake number plates in most cases.

6. Always go check up on your car from time to time. Show the security guards you are also checking up on your car so they know in case they are part of the theft.

I hope that helps and safe shopping !!!

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Hi-jacking method resurfacing

What these assholes do is now simply let you know that your boot is not closed properly or something is lose on the back of your car. As soon as you go out to check, then they point a gun to your head and force you in the car where they can either take you to a lonely field and harass you while they steal your cards and test out the pin codes you gave them. Be careful – This happened to a lady the other day and it was in the newspaper as well. The lady went through a horrible ordeal but thank G-D managed to survive with her life.

Unfortunately in our country – criminals rape and kill at every opportunity they get unlike other countries due either to racism or other forms of hatred. Be very careful and if you suspect any problems whatsoever, drive to the nearest police station or if not to a very busy garage with many people. Even though you shouldn’t use your phone while driving, make sure you have somebody on speed dial and call them urgently letting them know what is happening.

Till next time!

~Editor Kyle

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Are the banks involved – Inside Job?

Recently after opening a bank account, I have started receiving Phishing emails from that bank only. So why for some reason if you open up a bank account at a bank, most of the spam fraudulent emails come from that bank only and not other banks.

After speaking with a few colleagues and over 100 people, we were shocked to find out a very similar situation. Have a look at this:

“I have never had an email address before. I got one so that I could use it to receive my statement via email”. The only people who knew my email address was my bank”.

In addition part of the email has read the following:

“You recently opened a bank account with our bank”

Come on this can’t always be a coincidence. Something is not right. It can either be the banker who assisted in opening the account or the bank giving out the email address to 3rd parties. It can also be somebody with access to records.

How many times have you received email specials from different companies even after you specified not to be informed of any specials. This is not right. And have you ever tried reporting this? You wait on the phone for over 3 hours and then sent to 5 different people to speak to. You are not likely to ever find out what is happening.

The bottom line – Be careful when clicking on a statement – Some attachments are actually viruses and never login after clicking on an email link. Or even better, make use of your online banking but make sure you use a good anti-virus and firewall on your system.

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Robbery Scam / Geyser Scam / Similar Scams

How this happens is the following:

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You get a call from a person claiming to be from the government and they ask you if they can come check your geyser and then if needed to upgrade it free of charge. They then ask you for your latest details / address.

Afterwards, they let you know they will send out their so-called technicians. Now they know your address and then the unsuspecting person opens the door for them and that is when the robbery occurs.

Be very careful. These guys are armed and dangerous and will use whatever means they can to steal from you. Rather get the phone number and call them back and make sure you fully investigate and inform the police as soon as possible.

Similar Scams

This is similar to the electricity scam where people ask to check your electricity. In a similar manner, people will phone and say they will give you free energy saving light bulbs and you have to give your old ones to them.

Catching the criminals

Some people actually play along and act all naive. As soon as they are outside the house, simply call the local security company and have them locked up. Do not try take things into your own hands. Rather call the police / local security company to hide around the corner.

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South African Elections – Voting Registration Guide – It’s easy to register

There are 2 types of people in this world. Ones that wait for things to happen and the others that make things happen. You can’t expect your party to win in you do not bother to vote. You also do not have a say on anything if you do not vote.

Most people say it’s hard to register and hard to vote. It’s easy. Simply Follow the following steps:

STEP 1 – CHECK IF YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE

Click here to check if you have registered to vote  – Put in your ID number and verification code displayed on the screen and you will receive an answer right away on whether you are registered to vote or not.

Here is a sample screenshot of the above page…

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STEP 2 – ARE YOU NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE? – FIND YOUR NEAREST VOTING STATION

Don’t stress. It’s easy. In order to register, you will need to go to the closest voting registration station / same as voting station near your area.

* It will probably be one of the local schools in your area

Click here to find the nearest voting station (Where you will need to go to register to vote)

(The voting station finder might take lots of time to get into) – If you can’t access it, feel free to click on the link below and choose a province at the bottom of the page. The province will give you a whole bunch of numbers for official electoral office in which you can call to get information on voting stations.

Click here to find an electoral office to contact if you can’t get into the above link

STEP 3 – GO REGISTER

Now that you know where you need to go register, you will need to go there on the following date:

You can only register yourself on the 9th and 10th of November. Saturday or Sunday between 8am and 5 pm – PLEASE BE THERE – THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY IS DEPENDING ON YOU.

You will need the following in order to register:

  • South African, green, bar-coded ID book,
  • smartcard ID, or
  • Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) if you don’t have an ID book.

STEP 4 – WAIT 7 DAYS

After this waiting period, please check to make sure you are registered to vote by clicking on the link provided in STEP 1 of this guide. Make sure you are registered and if not, you need to find out why not because then it might be corruption.

STEP 5- IF YOU CANNOT COME RIGHT WITH ANY OF THE STEPS

0800 11 8000 – It works and the guys are actually quite friendly

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Till Snatch at Makro

This happened a while back and many people we spoke to have not seen this. Have a look at this incident. Do you think they were all in on it? Scary stuff hey. They should keep a better eye on people with small items like just a small water or a chocolate as they are the ones more likely to be involved in such a scam. You can start watching at around 45 seconds from the start if you are in a hurry but watch everything it just goes to show!

Click here to view the video

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New ATM Scanning Devices – ATM Clones – Card Fraud

It has recently come to light that criminals are becoming more cunning in their plans to trick
unsuspecting ATM users out of their funds.  A new device has been discovered, images and
descriptions below, which have been found in Shopping Centres, petrol stations and convenience
stores all over JHB.

Please be aware of these and do not consider this to be something that you will not be a victim of,
chances are, they may already have your details without you even knowing.
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These devices, as seen above, are used to scan magstrip details directly from your ATM card.
Simultaneously, while your magstrip is being read, a camera located in the side of the “Skimmer” is
viewing every key you push on the keypad.  This means that not only do criminals have your card
information but also your pin number, making it simple to transfer your details to any card with a
magstrip (Edgars card, expired bank cards, Clicks card, etc) and draw funds from an ATM without your
knowledge.  Please make you friends and family aware of these devices, with an increase of
awareness you may not become a victim.
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ATM skimmers: How can you spot a skimming device?

Disguised to seamlessly look like part of an ATM, “skimmers” are devices installed by
thieves to surreptitiously swipe your credit and debit-card information.

How can you tell whether an ATM may have a skimmer installed? And what can you do
at an ATM to protect your information?

If you look at one of these skimmers, they look like part of the machine.  Before swiping
your debit, cheque or credit card, wiggle the protruding slot in which you slide your card,
thieves often install skimmers on top of the ATM’s actual slot and secure the skimmer
with adhesive. Check the device and wiggle it to see if it’s loose or if it falls off. Look for
remnants or residue of double-sided tape. Anything that looks unusual, check it out.

When you type in your PIN on the machine, cover it up so no one can see it, because
some have cameras that is reading or viewing your PIN as you enter it. Finally, if you’re
not sure, just don’t use the machine.

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ATM card skimming device attached to ATM machine.
However despite their detailed design, the devices rely on double-sided adhesive and can come
loose.  ATM users are advised to check any machine before they use it. If the keypad is raised
above the surface of the desk at the ATM, it may be that thieves have installed a keypad over the
existing one.
Users are also advised to use only newer ATMs with a green plastic tab protruding from machine
next to the slot. The tab makes it much more difficult for a skimmer to be installed.

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Insurance companies might not pay you out if you have an electric fence !!!

New laws say that you need to make sure that your electric fence has been installed by an accredited / certified installation company.

Most insurance companies right now will refuse to pay you out for your insured goods and use the excuse that your electric fence was not put in by a certified company.

In our opinion, this is another way for South African government to make money and for insurance companies to have an excuse not to pay you out. Electrical companies now will have to fork out money for this too probably and also new electrical companies trying to strive might fall away since nobody is going to use them now and yup that means more job losses!

I mean you work hard for your money and still have to pay heavy premiums to insurance companies. Now you come home one day to find out that your house has been robbed empty. You call your insurance company and a few days later you get an email stating that your claim has been rejected due to your electric fence not being compliant.

If you already have an electric fence, make sure it has been sorted out properly and make sure you have an invoice for it and it has been done up to spec by an “accredited” and “licensed” electric fence installer.

If you do not have an electric fence and require one fitted – use a proper company who has the correct certification / accreditation and research it properly.

Otherwise, you could not get a cent back from the insurance companies.

Oh and one more thing – You can get a fine or even get locked up if your electric fence is not up to standards.

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