The unwanted Christmas shoppers were in action over the past weekend as there were a total of 30 positive incidents reported to the Atlas Security Control Room between Friday and Monday morning. Of the 30 incidents, 23 incidents took place in Nelson Mandela Bay and 7 incidents took place in the Port Alfred region.

A massive 18 of the total incidents were made up of positive break ins, with the remaining incidents including attempted break ins, armed robberies, theft, assault and medical emergencies.

Atlas Security Operations Manager, Monty Montgomery, explains that people need to be aware of their surroundings and ensure that they take every step possible to secure their belongings, “It is a known trend for the holiday season to be an opportunity for criminals to take advantage and do their own Christmas shopping, and to work for their end of year bonuses, which is why the Atlas Security Team reinforces the importance of taking all the necessary precautions when it comes to securing your home and business. This doesn’t only apply to people going out of town on holiday, it applies to every single person, even if it is just when they’re popping out to the shop for a few minutes.”

In an incident of theft, a successful arrest was made with teamwork from the client, Atlas Security Armed Response and the SAPS, and with more teamwork like this, more arrests can be made. Combatting crime will always be a venture that involves teamwork, reporting suspicious activity can turn out to be nothing many times, but it is that one time that it isn’t nothing that makes that teamwork great.

Monty states that there is a clear trend of businesses being targeted this December, “Multiple break in targets have been business premises, so make sure that your alarm system is working properly when you lock up and head home for the holidays, unfortunately crime doesn’t have a shutdown period and criminals don’t take much leave.”

To get your home or business covered, contact Atlas Security today by emailing info@atlas24.co.za or call us on 0861 585 585. If you sign up or switch to Atlas Security before 29 December, you could win 12 months FREE monitoring and response. T’s and C’s Apply.