The Crime Factor

Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA)

The organization was established by Business in 1996 in response to a request from then President Nelson Mandela who invited Business to join hands with Government in the fight against crime. It is a special purpose vehicle, with the sole mandate to engage and give support to Government on crime-related matters, through facilitating the leveraging of skill and expertise from Businesses. BACSA has supported Government’s anti-crime efforts in a wide variety of areas across the Criminal Justice System as well as the Business sector.

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Don't fall prey to scamsters

Just trying to keep things running smoothly is probably a big enough challenge on its own for any small business owner. The administrative side of things may also not be your greatest strength and something you try to get over and done as quickly as possible. These kinds of pressures are exactly what make scamsters so good at their jobs and SMEs soft targets. Losing money this way can cripple your business and you must take steps to flag any suspicious activity.

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How safe is your service station?

To start or manage any business is challenging enough, but owning and operating a service station has added challenges. The rate of armed robberies at service stations is alarming and taxing on owners and employees alike. It is ultimately the responsibility of the service station owner to protect his staff. There are, however, measures that can be taken to reduce the risk. Here are some tips on how to better secure your service station.

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Keep your website secure

The security of your website is crucial to keeping an online business booming. The fact that your site is open for literally the entire world to access, means you can not completely guarantee your website's security. That is simply the nature of the Internet. However, there some basic measures you can put in place to help prevent Internet thieves from getting their hands on sensitive information.

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Protect your business from crime

The high crime rate is a reality of doing business in South Africa. It is because of this that security is one of the most important aspects of running a business - it's not an area where you can afford to cut corners. Smaller companies, with fewer resources to secure themselves, are particularly vulnerable. Find out what basic measures you can put in place to make your business less of a target. This article looks at various ways of assuring your company and your employees' safety.

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Protect your company's important information

While technology and the Internet has made it possible for SMEs to compete with their big brothers and do business with anyone from Cape Town to Canada, it also makes us vulnerable to a whole new type of criminal. If left unchecked, these digital thieves can cause irreparable harm to a small business and even lead to its downfall. Here are some tips to help you better protect your company's important information.

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Simple and effective ways to secure your business from cyber crime

All business is online or going online and this is a whole new world for many "old-school" business owners. Especially those who haven’t employed an IT support team. The added concern for most is security. The media is rife with news on hacking, cyber theft and the like. And, cyber security can be most confusing for those who aren’t au fait with IT issues. Here are some quick and simple steps to ensuring your business and your customers are protected from cyber criminals.

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South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS)

The Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) is a proudly South African non profit company committed to combating fraud across the financial services industry by providing a shared database to member organisations as well as offering the South African public a means of protecting themselves against impersonation and identity theft. From an initial membership of only two banks, the SAFPS now provides fraud related data to some 65 trusted brands in the South African economy.

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The South African Police Service (SAPS)

The SAPS is governed by Chapter 11 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act 108 of 1996) that stipulates the SAPS has a responsibility to prevent, combat and investigate crime; maintain public order; protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property,and uphold and enforce the law; and create a safe and secure environment for all people in South Africa; prevent anything that may threaten the safety or security of any community, among other stipulations. It is also governed by the South African Police Service Act 68 of 1995.

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What has happened to good, old, solid values?

Fraud and corruption seem to have become entrenched in the way of operating these days. It is so easy to say: "But if so and so is doing this and getting away with it, then so can I”. How does this affect the way business is being done? In recent chats to business owners and people in the corporate world, more businesses are resorting to making use of polygraph testing to manage and reduce fraud and theft. Let us stop to consider some actions you can take before resorting to such drastic measures:

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Why small businesses need to care about security

Though to some degree this must seem obvious, security is a wide-ranging concern, since there are all sorts of dynamics and targets of theft. But with new tech and new ways of creating and storing data, we need to take precautionary steps to help secure ourselves - and, therefore, our businesses. This article looks at how not to fall victim to cyber and other crime.

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