Gareth Newham, the head of governance, crime and justice division at the Institute for Security Studies has warned South Africans to employ caution when fighting back criminals.
Often when you are faced with criminals, robbers or attackers of any kind, one of two things usually happens: you either comply with their instructions or you fight back.
Both approaches have their perks in certain contexts.
The South African security authorities has urged South Africans to be thoughtful and tactical when fighting back an attacker, noting that more harm and violence could be unleashed if caution does not come into the scenario.
As the nation waited for the national crime statistics on Friday, a security expert warned that South Africans should think twice before taking on criminals.
The warning possibly came from the collation of crime statistics in South Africa Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and Acting National Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane. The report will be presented soon to the police force and the parliament.
South Africa has recorded a disturbing number of people who ended up dead or in critical conditions for fighting back criminals.
According to Gareth Newham, the head of governance, crime and justice division at the Institute for Security Studies, a research will be needed to know the rate at which South Africans are fighting back criminals.
On that note, he admonished the people not to inflame their attackers especially when they are armed.
“It’s generally not recommended to fight back if the person who is confronting you is armed and you are not trained or you’re not trained to deal with that situation.”
“Research that we have seen shows that in particular, robbery situations like house robberies, business robberies and even street robberies where victims have fought back, it more likely than not triggers violence from the perpetrator.”
South Africa has not forgotten the story of the 70-year old woman who gave the robber in her house a hard time and got away with it.
Gareth Newham however says that it is better to be safe than sorry. In other words, bravery in the face of an attack requires caution as well.