This book has practical and simple ways to proactively address the Farm Attacks scenario in South Africa. Laurence brings over 25 years of personal security and risk experience to this book.
PREVENTION BEFORE REACTION
“I served the farmers of Southern Natal for 12 years as the officer Commanding Oribi Commando. The majority of the commando members were farmers, and a large portion of our effort went into planning and execution of preventative measures aimed at keeping our farmers safe. The recent unchecked escalation of attacks on farmers has spurred me into action. I just cannot accept the pain and losses being suffered by our farmers, as normal. I have written this series of articles hoping that “Prevention before Reaction” will spur our farmers on to plan and prepare themselves in order to be able to deter and ward off any planned attacks against them. The Attacks have to stop!!!
Farmers please read my articles and apply the recommendations and pointers, as far as possible, to prepare yourselves against the onslaught. The founder of the Scout movement, Robert Baden-Powell’s moto “Be Prepared” should be taken to heart. ” – Laurence Palmer
Excerpt from the book:
“The scourge of attacks and subsequent loss of life faced by the farming community across the country continues unabated with seemingly little desire on the part of authorities to stop these crimes. The government saw fit to disband the commando units that were protecting farms at one stage and appointed SAPS to carry out their protection role.
Unfortunately, this has never materialised and the government continues to deny there are organised attacks against farmers. The old commando units were more successful at protecting farmers by organising them and co-ordinating their protection, their advantage being that they were in the community and on the spot when required. SAPS do not have the manpower or the resources to provide the same support and relies entirely on a reactive effort.
Laurence Palmer is an independent security consultant with some 25 years in the business. Before that, he held a senior command post in the SADF/SANDF where he worked closely with the farming community with the sole objective of keeping farms and farmers safe. He says the main emphasis in those days was prevention, not reacting after the crimes have been committed.
Proactively addressing the issue
When looking at the investigative findings based on 48 farm attacks in KwaZulu-Natal over the course of a year, it was found that the attackers were often trusted and participative members of the farm labour force. Also indicated is that the attacks are not political or race based and appear to be driven more by greed and personal discontent.”
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