The Bay is not as safe as it used to be; many would say Atlas Security makes money off of crime. This is not true; we are here to keep your world secure. It is unfortunately a reality we all have to face. Crime is on the rise in our beautiful city and to have an alarm system in your home or business is no longer a luxury – it’s now a necessity.
Of all the incidents reported to our Control Room – a total of 15 have been to assist Non-Atlas Security clients. Some of the worst attacks this month occurred in these homes. The crime spike has extended to both Despatch and Uitenhage with a combined figure of 27 reported incidents for July 2018. We all have the right to feel secure in our homes. Atlas has not turned a blind eye to this; an additional armed response vehicle has been added to the Uitenhage area to display a more prominent presence.
July had also been a rough month for commercial premises – within one night, 6 different premises had been hit. We have also installed CCTV cameras in various parts of Port Elizabeth. The CCTV cameras are a major asset, should any suspicious vehicles pass one of our cameras it will immediately notify our Control Room.
Our presence in the community helped lead to the arrest of 4 people linked to a body found in Fairview. Our Armed Response Officers have also assisted the police with a number of arrests during the month. We would like to commend our vigilant and brave technician as a Non-Atlas client was saved from a hijacking.
July has opened many of our eyes to the crime around us. We all need to actively be more safety and security conscious. Always arm your alarm, especially when you are going to sleep and when you are leaving your premises. Ensure you test your alarm regularly; either with our Control Room or a full system check with a technician. If you have remote panics ensure they are close by when moving around your premises.
Be vigilant when walking to your property – criminals watch you and know when to strike. It is a good idea to buy pepper spray as an extra security measure. It is better to have it than to wish you had it.
We are a community and we need to look after each other.