.The stats speak for themselves. They don’t need any interpretations or a bunch of words to sugar coat them. At the end of October 2017, the South African Police Service (SAPS) released South Africa’s crime statistics for 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.
It is worth nothing that approximately 2,129,001 serious crimes were recorded in 2017. This is a slight increase (0.12%) from that of 2015/16. There are many reasons as to why we are living in these tough times, yet it is argued that entrepreneurship can help to provide some positive relief. Here are a few ways how entrepreneurship can help to curb crime.
It gives you a sense of purpose
So often when one walks around the streets or has an open heart talk with criminals, you often hear about the despondency of people. We live in a country with high youth unemployment rates and it is difficult to wake up with a sense of purpose. Entrepreneurship gives you hope, something to look forward to and be part of a dream that you can make come alive.
At the end of the day, you need money to survive. Entrepreneurship empowers you to stop waiting for a saviour “out there”, and to start making things happen. It lets you know that you can. It is a proactive step that moves your mind away from the “begging bowl mentality”. You stop waiting for an employer to pity you, waiting for funding to come your way and start thinking of creative ways to do things.
Entrepreneurship is all about making it better. A successful entrepreneur can offer jobs to members of the community, sponsor worthy projects and give back in many ways. Don’t sit waiting for someone to drop a penny in your bank account. Become the one who signs the cheques. Learn the value of money, hard-work and coming up with solutions within the ambit of the law.
There are many ways that entrepreneurship encourages you to be responsible, follow your passion and fill a niche you spotted. Never under-estimate the power of a single step in a forward direction.
While entrepreneurship may never be the only thing needed to help curb crim, it sure does its bit to spread hope as opposed to easy illegal gains. It reminds you that you can do your bit to make a difference to your life and world at large.