Know Thy Neighbour – Building a safer South Africa
It’s common knowledge that South Africa is a notoriously friendly country. When we say ‘otherwise, you well?’, we really mean it. However, despite this sunny disposition, South Africans don’t have that stereotypical tight-knit relationship with their neighbours as other countries. There are a number of benefits to cultivating a meaningful relationship with your immediate community, but there’s just one on our radar – safety.
It’s all well and good to install high-tech surveillance systems, but having neighbours who you know will have your back is a valuable weapon in disguise. Firstly, your closest neighbours will eventually become accustomed to your comings and going, which makes the chance of them noticing something suspicious or unusual far greater. Secondly, should anything happen to you or your home, you can rely on them to take action on your behalf. Combine this with Spottem, and you have an effective system that’ll widen the perimeter of safety around what is most important to you.
Emergency contacts are a must, no matter where you live. Spottem allows you to add your curated emergency contacts to the app, which sends them an invitation to join the platform. Not only are you ensuring that they’re just a click away, but you’re also connecting them to an app that’ll have their back too. If your neighbours aren’t home and you notice something concerning, you can use the app to contact the necessary emergency services and to report the criminal activity. This information will be accessible to everyone who uses the app, including those closest to you.
When Spottem and a community of close and caring neighbours join forces, you’ll truly feel that there is safety in numbers.