Port Elizabeth, SA
One form of crime that is becoming increasingly popular is driveway hijacking.
If you lie face down outside the car he might not force you to get back in.
Some pleasant rides have been turned into nightmares by people who pounce on unsuspecting drivers. They smash the window or open the unlocked door and grab whatever they regard as of value.
Whether your vehicle is moving or stationary, bear the following in mind:
By having a plan and being prepared, an attack can be prevented. It is, therefore, important to be constantly on the lookout for the warning signs and to report them to ATLAS SECURITY as well as the SAPS. The following are examples of warning signs:
Don’t be fooled by:
Know your environment:
If your suspicions are aroused by any person or vehicle in a high-risk area, treat them as hostile and take appropriate action (i.e. ignore a red robot if it is safe to drive through or turn off and speed away from the perceived danger zone) and call for assistance where necessary.
In many instances victims were injured or killed during the incident. Applying the following tips could save your life.
Always try to remain calm and do not attempt to show any signs of aggression.
Unfortunately, mugging is one of the common crimes that unaware people fall victim to in the streets and shopping malls every day. The following are just some of the simple measures that you can take so that you are not targeted.
With an increasing number of brazen criminals targeting individuals, it is important that you know how to protect yourself from becoming a victim as well as what to do in the event of being targeted. Here are few tips to bear in mind:
Vehicle expert security advice:
Although Port Elizabeth has been considered a relatively safe town when compared to cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, it is quickly losing that status as more violent and organized crime hits our city. The friendly city is also a little laid back, meaning that we don’t expect bad things to happen to us and generally have a much more benevolent view of the world. This unfortunately makes us easy targets and often leaves us devastated when targeted.
Being surprised by intruders in the sanctity of your home is a harrowing thought, yet it is happening only too often. These scenarios are being played out daily where homeowners are attacked and held up while the perpetrators raid the house. Being proactive is the only way to prevent being a statistic. Part of your defence is to ensure that your security system is armed when you are in the house.
These statistics act as a warning for the rest of the community as we need to become more and more proactive. Break-ins while people are at home have risen again, becoming a disturbing crime trend in the Metro. The high incident rate in the Metro could largely be attributed to the vulnerability of home owners. Numerous homes failed to have any burglar bars in tact. Doors without security gates and door viewers adds to vulnerability.
These criminals will always arrive in groups of more than 2 people. The one robber’s job description is to occupy the family while the other one or two continue raiding the house.
Burglars have also increasingly taken to gaining access to premises via the roof, a security weak spot if not protected, and then disable the alarm even when families are home. Many people also don’t activate their alarms at night when they are most vulnerable. This increases theft and spreads the word that night-time break-ins are lucrative and less risky.
The two trends of intrusion via the roof and night time break-ins could be nipped in the bud, if families were aware of the trends and acted proactively.
ATLAS suggest the following:
ATLAS clients should at all times be alert and be a step ahead of the criminals. Measures such as perimeter defenses, electric fencing, good lighting, burglar bars and security gates are strongly advised.
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