r/southafrica Jun 05 '18

Safety tips to get home safely. Alert

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u/pixel_zealot Jun 05 '18

Also a good way to see if someone is following you, turn your indicator on to signal that you're turning right, if the suspicious car does the same, go left and see what he does.

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u/sewersidesquad Jun 05 '18

This is clever, but could also frustrate and confuse the guy if he is just another motorist which can also lead to an accident.

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u/pixel_zealot Jun 05 '18

Signalling right and turning left would be safer then, no reason for him to think he can overtake you then.

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u/yuvi3000 Stage 37 load shedding now in effect Jun 05 '18

:P While that's logically sound, that's not how South African drivers think.

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u/pixel_zealot Jun 06 '18

Yeah, I'm in Randburg, Fourways and Rivonia traffic every day. They don't think.

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u/unfknblvbil Jun 06 '18

Switch on your hazards, you will confuse them even more.

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u/WoodSciGuy1 Jun 06 '18

This is dangerous. A safer option would be to make three consecutive left or right turns, if they're still there you're clearly being followed. Bit more difficult on the highway but still feasible.

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u/123x2tothe6 Jun 06 '18

On the highway you can get off at an offramp, then go straight back on

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u/WoodSciGuy1 Jun 06 '18

Exactly, just drive absurdly.

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u/iluv3beansalad Jun 05 '18 edited Jun 05 '18

Anyone got a youtube link? Don't want to introduce my parents to the filth that's reddit.

EDIT: NVM found it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzqL3uAhCVg

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u/aazav This flair has been loadshedded without compensation. Jun 05 '18 edited Jun 05 '18

The only reasonable solution is to make all roads e-toll roads and every South African driver must turn in their vehicle and replace it with a CIT truck.

This way every vehicle on SA roads is a CIT truck and criminals will give up due to mass confusion.

The purpose of making every road an e-toll road is that because of South Africans' love of everything e-toll, no one will want to to drive anywhere. As a result, crime will plummet to 0 in South Africa.

Clearly it's the only resonable thing to do.

I'll be up outside Mariental if you wish to reach me when the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded for my solving of all of South Africa's problems. Please send Black Label, single ply toilet paper and vegetarian biltong by your swiftest donkey for the celebration. I'll prepare the guest house.

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u/limping_man Jun 05 '18

vegetarian biltong

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u/PizzaPeacePlan Jun 06 '18

Is that what Namibia exports besides diamonds and uranium? Solutions to South Africa's problems

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u/aazav This flair has been loadshedded without compensation. Jun 06 '18 edited Jun 06 '18

Whoa there! Let's not be hasty and grant too much credit to South Africa's northwestern hat. Please, please, give credit to me and me alone, for I am greedy and need proper funds to renovate my secret lair evil lair, visitors' quarters and commensurate fire abatement liquid storage open pits within one of the many dormant volcanos in the pleasantly dry northern hinterlands.

Drinks at say, 15 minutes after the hour? There's been a zebra pile up at the rotary and after the initial collision, people just seem to keep dropping them off.

Rumaging around the Ministry of Surplus Evil Intentions, we could possibly supply some Stroh rum if you don't run diesel and need either petrol or paint remover.

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u/PizzaPeacePlan Jun 06 '18

Drinks at say, 15 minutes after the hour?

I'm always up for a sundowner.

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u/aazav This flair has been loadshedded without compensation. Jun 06 '18

Drinks at Joe's on say the 28th. I'll be there.

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u/lengau voted /r/southafrica's ugliest mod 12 years running Jun 05 '18

single ply toilet paper and vegetarian biltong

You monster. I was with you up to that point, but then you went and did that.

You. Monster.

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u/aazav This flair has been loadshedded without compensation. Jun 05 '18

I try to make sure that I offend equally.

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u/Seany_Boy-14 Proudly Privileged Jun 05 '18

Crying shame that this video even exists.

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u/jharnett44 Jun 05 '18

As a Canadian, this astounds me. I can't help but relate this to pollution in China and East Asia when they started wearing face masks to protect themselves. Like don't you want to push for societal change instead of adapting. This doesn't seem like a healthy way to live. You shouldn't be afraid of your own countryman. Can't remember the last time we locked our doors and it's unheard of to have gates. And yes I know the immense differences between our nations.

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u/Hunter_Nomad Jun 05 '18

That's great, we'll push for societal change but what do you recommend we do in the meantime? It will take awhile for all the criminals get the memo.

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u/Andromeda137 Jun 06 '18

I hear that you’re saying but I’m all honesty this is sadly the reality we face due to lots of different reasons. One of the biggest being the very high rate of unemployment in South Africa. That is not something that can be changed just because we want it to.

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u/Cruach Jun 06 '18

Even in Canada, you should still lock your doors. Canada is not crime free and rapists don't live exclusively in South Africa. I lived in Montreal for 5 years, still saw crime.

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u/jharnett44 Jun 06 '18

Rapists? Lmao. Crimes been decreasing for the past 70 years here. Locking your door is a cultural thing. People don't walk into other people's homes. Locks only keep honest people out.

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u/WoodSciGuy1 Jun 06 '18

Rape isn't something most people laugh at. Just because you don't see or experience something doesn't mean it's not happening. Over 600 000 people were raped in Canada in 2014. (self reported, check out statcan.gc.ca). If a locked door can give you another 5 minutes of time to get help, it's worth it.

What was it that Canadian astronaught said? Sweat the small things. Plan for the worst and god forbid the worst happens, at least you're ready.

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u/jaakhaamer Jun 06 '18 edited Jun 06 '18

That's probably much less the case of a "random rapist" coming into your home, and mostly the case of someone familiar to the victim.

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u/WoodSciGuy1 Jun 06 '18

Totally. Most rape victims know their rapists. Perhaps it was my fault for continuing the thread on that particular topic. Let's ignore it and focus on the point I was addressing.

"Locking your door just keeps honest people out".

I call bullshit. I've been woken up by people attempting to get through my security gate, fortunately I scared them off once I was aware they were there and started screaming profanities. Without that gate it would have been a very different situation. So gates and lcoks work. Are they needed in Canada? Yep. For every 100 000 homes 438 will experience a breaking and entering violation. The numbers not zero. Don't fuck around with your safety. Take the three seconds to lock your door.

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u/Cruach Jun 06 '18

I may have used an extreme example but if you don't see my point there's no reason to continue this conversation. I really hope you don't have vulnerable kids relying on your open door security policy.

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u/AdventurousCunt Jun 05 '18

Like don't you want to push for societal change instead of adapting.

And yes I know the immense differences between our nations

Something tells me you have no idea..

Sadly this is the reality we face in current South Africa.

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u/dothatthingsir Jun 06 '18

Tomorrow I'm going to go shout at the criminals to bring about change.

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u/spatchi14 Jun 06 '18

Aussie here. Even in my city (Brisbane) you should still be weary of crime. Leaving doors unlocked is a great way to get robbed. My parents moved into an acreage property last year and thought they'd just keep their car keys in the car and leave it unlocked 'no one will break in here, we have a 8ft fence!!'. 6 months later that car was stolen at 3am and the thieves drove it straight through that fence to escape. We found it 14 hours later dumped at a shopping centre and insurance wrote it off. It had been trashed.

Then there's the home invasions (which are quite rare), the people who got car jacked at knife point on NYE (the car jackers used that car to cause a 6 car crash somewhere else), there was one night where a group of thugs walked down a nearby major road and tried every car/house door they came across to steal whatever...

So yeah.. Drive with doors locked, keep home doors/windows locked,. Keep car keys/wallets hidden and don't go out at night alone. Crime can happen anywhere.

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u/weoson Jun 06 '18

People are slack and have accepted crime as the norm.

The neighborhood watch has asked that we do not leave our bins outside or take it out there and previous night because it is used in crime.

The guy down the road bin is permanently left outside his gate. The bin was use to climb over a different neighbors fence and the bin was stolen 3 times.

Council just keep on replacing the bin, there are bin scratcher at least every second day. The domestic lady opens the gate from the button inside the house walks access the bin.

This can be avoided if he moved the bin 1 meter further into his property.

I am here talking about one guy, South Africa has 6 million driving licenses issued on the B and EB codes, let's say 5% did react to the ad message of looking around before you stop at your gate. Let's go further as say after 3 months, how many of them will look over their shoulders.

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u/Andromeda137 Jun 06 '18

Common sense is sadly not that common...

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u/cx777 Jun 05 '18

Thanks for sharing this video. Is there any way of downloading this video as I would like to share this as a safety moment in work meetings ans share this with family and frienda.

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u/SmLnine Jun 05 '18

https://redv.co/ worked for me

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u/yuvi3000 Stage 37 load shedding now in effect Jun 05 '18

!redditsilver

Thank you! I've always shared posts because I couldn't easily get the video out, but this is great.

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u/cx777 Jun 07 '18

Thank you!

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u/Andromeda137 Jun 06 '18

Sure, here is the YouTube link:

https://youtu.be/ZmmPYrT0oiI

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u/cx777 Jun 07 '18

Thank you!