Living in Nigeria, the largest black nation in the world with a population of 180 million diverse people, requires a lot of survival skills. The country’s socio-economic and political challenges have further orchestrated an upsurge on violent crime and worsening security crisis across the country.
The rise of terrorism, militancy, kidnapping, internet fraud, armed robbery, cultism in Nigeria has forced citizens to become more security conscious and invest more in their personal security and protection of lives and property. Although, there has equally been a rise in private security firms and vigilante groups, many families also adopt various security measures to safeguard their homes.
Perimetre fences: If you live in Nigeria, you will realise that almost every building is fenced for security reasons. People fence their buildings to prevent unwanted visitors from coming in. Thus, if you intend building a house in Nigeria, then you should make provision for perimeter fence.
Install alarm system in your house, office and car: Installing alarm system in your house, office and car is one of the ways of preventing burglars from breaking into your house or office and car snatchers from snatching your car or stealing valuables from your car.
Ensure that the doors and gates are always under lock and keys at all times: It is important to ensure that your doors and gates are always under locks and keys at all times to prevent intruders from coming into your facility.
Don’t give strangers lift but if you must, please be extra careful – People offer lift to commuters that are stranded, but it is not a wise decision, if you must give people lift, you just have to be extra careful, so as to avoid picking armed robbers.
Don’t disclose your personal information to strangers: Nigerians are friendly people but that doesn’t mean that you can freely disclose your personal information to strangers. If you do, you might get hurt.
Conduct comprehensive security checks before hiring domestic employees-: It is normal to hire cooks, gatemen, washer men and nannies, amongst others if you live in Nigeria. Please ensure that you conduct comprehensive background / security checks before hiring any domestic staff.
Ensure that you do not leave valuables in your car when parked in a public car park: If you leave valuables like cameras, smart phones and laptop, and others in your car when parked in a public car park, you just may be inviting people to break into your car. Please ensure that you valuables are kept in your booth when you park your car in a public facility.
Before opening your gate/door at night, ensure nobody is trailing you before opening it: Just ensure that nobody is trailing you before opening your gate or door especially at night and if you live in a quiet street.
Ensure that a valid ID is always with you: Do not leave your house without a valid ID if you live in Nigeria; it is your valid ID that will save you if there is a police raid.
Keep few close friends: It is good to network with loads of friends, but it is a wiser decision to keep fewer close friends. The more close friends you have, the more likely you will be implicated.
Always keep torchlight and a whistle close to you: Torchlight and whistle is an important security gadget in Nigeria, ensure you have them. This is a great way to alert people when the chips are down.
Buy security dogs: If you love dogs, then you can buy security dogs and keep them in your compound. This is important if you live with your family alone in a fenced compound.
Install burglary in your windows: People install burglaries in their windows in Nigeria in order to prevent burglars from breaking into their houses or offices.
Keep limited cash with you-: Ensure that you keep limited cash with you at all times, as it is a way of avoiding robbers from attacking you.
Install CCTV cameras in your home and office-: You can talk to security companies to help you install CCTV cameras in your home and office. This will it help you monitor activities within your facility.
Scrutinize your children’s friends-: Ensure that you scrutinize your children’s friends. It is a way of preventing people from spying your house and family.
When driving at night, ensure that your car glasses are all windup-: Never wind down your car glasses at night when driving in Nigeria; you can be attacked by street urchins.
When inside your car, make use of the security lock-: Don’t forget to always make use of your car security lock when you are inside the car.
Don’t make use of ATM to withdraw cash or pay in cash when it is dark-: It is dangerous to use the ATM to either withdraw cash or pay in cash at night. You can be attacked. Ensure that you conduct all transaction when it is still bright.
Be careful of what you say in the phone when you are in public-: It is important not to attend to business calls in the public; you can mistakenly pass vital information to criminals when you do so.
Those are the never- to- be -compromised tips that you have got to hold dearly if you want to live safe and free from terror in Nigeria.