Monty’s Crime Report: A Record In Reported Incidents This Week
Monty Montgomery, Atlas Security Operations Manager reports that with joint effort between Atlas Security and the Police have resulted in a few good arrests recently. Foot patrols and joint operations were the order of the week. He warns residents not to sit back and relax – as arrests are made, more criminals are released from jail, with most of them falling back into their old habits.
Theft out of motor vehicles is still on the rise. Once again, you should ensure that your vehicles are behind locked gates/garages; hide your valuables and double check that your vehicle is locked.
Household and business burglaries are on the rise in the Metro. An increasingly common modus oprandi is for the intruder to gain access to the premises via your roof, thereby attempting to bypass or disable the alarm – even while families are at home! He advises readers to go the extra mile and have double security measures in place. This means doubling up on your burglar alarm equipment and installing the latest equipment. He shares an example: If intruders break through your bathroom window and are detected – their next move would be to enter the roof area where they will plan their next entrance. We are well aware that it is sometimes very hard to protect the entire roof space but know that there are products available to curb roof intrusions. Contact Atlas to beef up your security and be covered should this happen to you.
Monty continues that another frequent occurrence is criminals breaking into non alarmed areas – being ceilings, bathrooms, porches, garages and interleading doors. The criminals tend to hang around there to plan their next move. What he’s emphasizing is – if entry is gained into an area that’s not protected, always make sure that you have protection in place in an area where the criminals will next move to.
With armed robberies on the rise, these guidelines are to assist you on how to act during this type of encounter. When falling victim to an armed robbery, the likelihood of the incident turning violent and resulting in injuries, can be effectively reduced by your behaviour: DO NOT RESIST, RELAX, SPEAK SLOWLY, MAKE NO SUDDEN MOVEMENTS, SUMMONS HELP, DO NOT LOOK THE ROBBER DIRECTLY IN THE FACE, GIVE THE ROBBERS TIME TO LEAVE, OBSERVATION TECHNIQUES.
Monty finds that there is a huge amount of negligence on the owner’s side when a crime is committed. This is especially happening during the night at business premises. Negligence, such as insufficient layers of protection, doors and windows being left unlocked or open and finally many do not arm their alarms. He urges the public to make sure their homes are secure and to arm their alarm even. Outdoor lighting is key.
Another modus taking place daily is when criminals scout an area before they hit. They would comb the area either on foot or in a vehicle. Note that it might look petty or innocent, but it’s all part of a bigger plan. Monty warns readers to treat trespassing as a crime. The intension of the criminal might not be known during a trespassing incident. They could be there to commit a petty crime or a full blown house robbery. We all know that trespassing is defined by the act of knowingly entering another person’s property without permission. Yet there seems to be a baffling apathy when it comes to prosecuting trespassers. Many homeowners don’t press charges if someone is caught on their premises and we have no idea why. Is it too much hassle? Do you not feel it was not a crime? They didn’t take or steal anything, so no harm no foul? Point is – they weren’t supposed to be there in the first place and the fact that they hadn’t stolen anything is probably because they just hadn’t got around to doing it yet. The only way we’ll clean up crime is to not tolerate it at all. No matter how petty it may seem.
Stay safe and rest assured, your world is secure in Atlas’ hands.