Nigeria is one of the developing countries in Africa. It is a widely known fact that Nigeria is not one of the safest places to be. Tourists and locals are constant victims of armed muggings, assaults, auto thefts, and even more violent crimes like rapes and burglaries gone wrong.
Getting robbed in broad daylight while driving a vehicle is sadly not uncommon in Nigeria. Road safety is a major issue due to a number of reasons: lack of proper traffic legislation, poorly maintained roads, unreported accidents and the lack of proper medical responses in case of a collision.
If you own a car, it’s ideal to park it inside a garage or a guarded parking lot or else you risk waking up in a morning to notice your car is gone entirely or parts of it at least. Keeping the windows up at red lights is advised but not even this can stop thieves. It’s common to see people breaking the window and grabbing valuable things from cars stopped in traffic.
Protect yourself against home invasions
Home invasions are a serious threat and locals are advised to take all the necessary precaution measures. Considering the low living standards of a great part of the population, this might prove very difficult to do. Small business owners should prepare themselves to face an armed robbery especially if you are selling valuable items like TVs, smartphones and appliances. In this case, the service of a professional security firm is needed. Otherwise, you risk losing your business or worse, your life.
All these sound terrible and it’s easy to see why Nigerians should take a step back to decide whether their houses are protected. We are not talking here about the extremely poor people who don’t even have tap water. The target audience of this article is the middle class with decent living conditions and access to the internet (obviously).
First things first, you should get a high quality lock. If you don’t know how install it yourself, hire a professional locksmith. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to find one in Nigeria as it is in the US. If you were living in Portland for example, you would simply visit the website 247portland-locksmith.com and in a matter of minutes you would have found a trained professional to upgrade your locks.
Here in Nigeria, the most effective way to find a locksmith is to ask around. Don’t be surprised if you can’t find one at all in your town. Such activities are usually performed by handymen who know how to repair all sorts of things, including broken locks.
The next piece of advice is for people with above average financial situation, most likely foreigners who moved to Nigeria for business purposes or locals who live in urban areas. Get high quality alarm systems and/or security lighting if you live in a house as opposed to an apartment. Place your valuables in a safe and don’t boast about having jewelry, money or other valuable items in your house because you become the target of thieves.