Atlas Security Operations Manager, Monty Montgomery, reports that the most feared crimes are currently taking place in the Metro. Home invasions, armed robberies, hijackings and burglaries are rife in and around the NMB. To be on the safe side, we urge all readers to remain calm but also to be on high alert during this festive period.
Our City is inundated with visitors and foreigners flocking to our city. The festive season is here – Monty reported that he can see the effect it has on the number of reported crimes. We are in no way doomed; we just have to control the situation. With the help of the SAPS, neighbourhood watches and even residents, we can experience a safer festive season.
Monty urges residents who will be staying home – to remain vigilant and be actively involved in fighting crime. A good way to get involved is to join your neighbourhood watch – to be the eyes and ears on the ground. If you’re going away and have arranged a house sitter, warn them not to allow people on to your property without prior arrangements. Criminals are known to use all sorts of tricks to gain entry into premises. Also, inform Atlas of the details of the house sitter in the event of an emergency, otherwise time will be wasted contacting you, the owner, instead of the person on site.
A major concern for Monty is the fact that some children will be home alone during the school holidays. More and more children are walking the streets and playing on their cell phones at the same time. They are easy targets for criminals passing by. Advise your children to put their valuables away when walking in the street. It is imperative that parents make the necessary arrangements to protect their children. Ensure that they know what to do should there be an emergency at home. Make sure that they lock up properly, stay inside and always carry a panic button with them while inside the house. Empower them so that they can protect themselves should the need arise.
Roof burglars and front door kickers are currently very active in the bay. These criminals can strike while you are asleep at night. Be alert and always arm your alarm at night.
Lastly Monty warns shoppers to stay safe while going about their last minute shopping. Criminals know that shoppers will be carrying large sums of cash and vehicle boots will be filled with loot. Know that you might be watched and followed home. Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.