Anytime people hear Lagos, the civilization and the security threats that it poses comes to mind first. It is a home for all and sundry, however, if necessary security tips are not taken, Lagos could also be a very dangerous place to visit let alone live.
Have you ever gotten scared for not encountering traffic at a particular spot in Lagos before? This may sound weird but such occurrence freak Lagosians out, like ‘what the hell is happening? Why is there no traffic here, today?!!!’
You will agree with me that the routinary 9 am to 5 pm work time in Lagos is actually not the way it is… So many of us wake up on/or before 5 am in the morning, go get a bus at the bus station and still likely end up being stuck in traffic that might last for hours before eventually arriving at your place of work. The same situation will most certainly replicate itself when you’re going back home after work and you end up getting to your home very late at night.
The scenario above is what many Lagosians have had to deal with over the years and are still dealing with because man must chop.
Nevertheless, if man must chop, man must also be very vigilant with the way he shuttles around Lagos. It would not be fair to go through all the stress attached to residing in Lagos and still end up getting robbed in the process of going about your day to day activities.
Check out the tips below:
PRESSING YOUR PHONE WHILE WAITING AT THE BUS STOP IS RISKY!
Phones are one of the things that keep Lagosians unbothered when stuck in traffic sometimes. Having your phone snatched away from you can be heartbreaking as hell.
At every bus stop, there’s always a thief waiting for you to carelessly use your phones. He then picks the perfect moment to drive by as fast as possible and like rapture, your dear phone has been borrowed for eternity.
I’ve experienced two scenarios where this happened and I wouldn’t want the same to happen to you.
DON’T EVER ‘LOOSE-GUARD’ WHEN RUSHING TO GET A BUS
Like I said earlier, there are thieves at every bus stop, however, this is a different scenario because the thief here doesn’t need a bike to steal from you.
While waiting at the bus stop, the thief most certainly observes to see if your phone or other valuables are carelessly placed in your pocket. He patiently waits for a bus to drop by and without hassle takes whatever he’s been monitoring while you struggle to get a seat.
The sad thing is you would not have noticed something has been stolen from your pocket because your attention at that point was to make sure you get a sit.
AVOID ‘KASALA’ BY ADOPTING THE OLD WOMEN STYLE OF STRAPPING YOUR HANDBAG UNDER YOUR ARMPIT
I believe this should be a common thing for ladies to adhere to. However, a whole lot still lose their guards and get their hearts broken by a man they haven’t met before.
As a lady, when walking in a very crowded place, your handbag should be at a visible sight. Strapping your bag under your armpit may seem old fashioned but I assure you it is secure. Holding your bag with your palm can attract a snatcher, and in a split of seconds, kasala don burst!
WIND UP THE GLASS IF YOU’RE GOING TO PRESS YOUR PHONE
This is the most rampant mistake Lagosians make when commuting, particularly in traffic.
Every time there’s a traffic bottleneck, there is that rogue on stand-by ready to rip you off your mobile device. No amount of chase might catch up with such a person, even Usain Bolt can never catch up!!!
To avoid been robbed in traffic, the best decision you can make is to wind up the glass.
TO AVOID ‘STORIES-THAT-TOUCH’SET SOME CHANGE ASIDE FOR TAKING PUBLIC TRANSPORT
In Lagos, the number one desire of every conductor is for you to forget your change with them. Regardless of the amount it might be, they hope for that moment you’d alight from their vehicle without your balance.
They start off by showing you the high currencies with them to prove they don’t have change yet. Then they intentionally delay the change for you to forget, and zoom off immediately you step down from the bus. Then you stand there, bittered and regretting why you didn’t push harder to get your change.
So, when commuting always endeavor to have some loose change with you to avoid stories that touch.
I’m sure you’ve grabbed some things to save you heartbreaks. The Lagos state government’s duty is to keep you safe, however, personal security should be paramount to you.
So before you ‘loose guard’ remember that……