BusinessTech recently surveyed readers on how much they tip car guards.
The survey had 4,911 respondents with just under half (43%) indicating that they tip around R5.
Just over a quarter (26%) indicated that they tip R2, while 10% of readers indicated that they tip R10 or more. A large number of readers (22%) said that they do not tip at all.
BusinessTech’s poll results are mostly on par with findings made by industry bodies, with a 2018 report published by Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) finding that 89% of South Africans tip car guards, whereas only 11% indicated that they did not tip.
According to the report, the most commonly noted reasons for tipping include:
- To gain good quality service in future;
- To reward good/ quality service;
- To gain social approval or to avoid social disapproval;
- To conform to internalised tipping norms.
PSIRA’s data shows that approximately 45% of respondents tip between R4 to R7, and 25% tip between R8 to R11.
Approximately 18% of respondents would pay car guards between R1 to R3.
In line with BusinessTech’s survey, only 3% of the respondents in Gauteng and Eastern Cape would pay R20.00 or more.
Harassment and perceived threat
PSIRA also asked respondents whether they had ever been harassed by a car guard.
From a national perspective, most of the respondents (77%) indicated that they had not been subjected to harassment, whereas 23% indicated that they had been harassed by car guards.
In the Western Cape, almost half (48%) of respondents said that they had been harassed by a car guard. In Eastern Cape, that figure was at 39%.
PSIRA’s survey also showed that some South Africans consider car guards to be a security risk.
From a national perspective, most of the respondents (65%) indicated that they did not consider car guards to pose a risk to their car, whereas 35% did perceive some sort of risk from car guards.
[Main image: Car Guard by Makiwa Mutomba]