While South Africans are currently discussing load shedding and its ramifications, Atlas Security Operations Manager, Monty Montgomery urges residents and business owners to come up with back up plans. We’re all left without electricity, it’s crucial that we have enough back up plans in place should we find ourselves in an emergency.
One very vital point Monty raised is that neighbours should now, more than ever, reach out and look out for each other. Stay indoors: If your back-up battery fails and your alarm system dies, keep all doors and windows locked and don’t investigate suspicious noises outside.
A very valuable back up tool to have is an ICE Mobile Panic:Set up an ICE Panic alarm for times when your alarm system fails and you need help in an emergency during the load shedding. Your cell phone number will be routed via Atlas Security’s alarm monitoring base, enabling our control centre to identify the caller and default location. The controller will immediately dispatch an armed reaction officer to the default location and call you to verify the emergency. If the call isn’t answered the incident is escalated to duress protocols.
Please be aware that criminals are up to no good during these times. We have had far too many home invasions in our city. During this time Monty urges subscribers to avoid unnecessary / false calls. This will enable all emergency services to focus on real emergencies during this time.
Beware when traveling – hijackings are increasing due to the poor lighting and slow traffic. Monty thanks everyone for working together.
reminds residents to:
• Ensure there is adequate lighting and proper boundary wall deterrents, such as electric fencing, spikes or razor wire.
• Keep driveway gates, pedestrian gates and front doors locked at all times (especially if they can be seen from the road).
• Arm your alarm systems when not at home or when sleeping.
• Ensure windows are closed and doors are locked & secured with security graded locks.
• Install outdoor beams if possible for extra security measures.
• Please report any suspicious persons or vehicles to Atlas or the SAPS immediately.
Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.