By: Theophilus Izobofolo

 How safe are you with that nanny, maid, steward, cook, security guards, driver, lesson teacher, etc, whether at home or in the office?
We are all shouting  “Security! Security!! Security”!!! but are we not all guilty?
1) All the above mentioned people working with us, do we have their guarantors? Do you ever visit their referees even after a year or two of their engagement?
2) Do we ever revisit their home address provided or call to see if there has been a change in address or phone numbers?
3) Did you register the maid, drivers, nannies, etc, you keep in your homes with the relevant agencies such as the  Police, Safety Commission or Neighborhood Vigilante groups?
4) Do you have their photographs and confirm every given information?
5) Do you attend your Estate/Street meetings or are you so reserved that you have no relationship with your neighbors and too busy to attend meetings?
6) Do you have a What’sApp group for residents only for emergency messages such as when  a neighbor is being attacked or robbed, a fire incident, a neighbor is critically ill and needs urgent  help and other emergencies?
7) Do you know that your cook, nanny, driver, steward, maid, day care center handlers or lesson teacher, etc, could be HIV positive?
He/She can have Hepatitis B or even tuberculosis? What will it cost you to do a medical test for them before you employ them?
It is your life that is in danger if you engage a sick victim without knowing their medical history.
8) Do you know that your driver could be a wanted person by the police in another state for theft or kidnapping? Have you done a check on him with the Police and do you have a 5×7 photograph of him? Do you know that he could be hypertensive, have high blood pressure (HBP), poor eye sight or he could have an enlarged heart and not fit to drive?
9)  Is your security guard a citizen or a foreigner from  Niger, Chad and Benin Republic? How did/can you confirm that? If he is a foreigner, is he registered by the requisite organization and eligible to work here?
10) Never talk about money transactions or cost of your jewelries or valuables in the presence of your domestic staff. Most theft usually have in-house informants. Please note that the longer your domestic staff work with you, the more dangerous they can be.
They wait for a time to strike when you least expect and they are hardly ever thought to be the suspect.
HOW SAFE ARE YOU WITH YOUR PERSONAL STAFF? Don’t be a victim. Do all the necessary checks immediately.  Save your life and that of your loved ones. Security and safety is everyone’s business including you and I.