As another year draws to a close, Monty Montgomery, Atlas Operations Manager, would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during the past year. The ATLAS community has shown substantial growth with many successes during 2017 and we could not have done it without your support. He also reminds readers how proud he is of the Atlas team – especially highlighting their commitment and dedication. Together we will ensure that we keep crime & losses under control.
Since the installation of our AI cameras in a few areas in the Metro, crime has minimized and a lot of crimes have been prevented. Major losses were curbed and lots of criminals were interrupted while busy “shopping”.
Technology is constantly changing and being updated, and the security alarm industry is no different. For this reason, we urge our readers to re-assess their current alarm system and other target hardening measures. Criminals are professionals – they study their target and know your home/business’s general set-up before breaking in. Therefore Atlas Security constantly improvises after burglaries and finds new ways to stay a step ahead of criminals.
Criminals thrive on opportunities. They are well aware that we are not always cognizant of our surroundings, not very security conscious and they thrive on it.
All the measures you take to protect your family are as good as the security disciplines you and your family have. For example, a security gate is useless unless it is locked and the key is removed and secured! A series of small, but useful routines, correctly and conscientiously followed, will ensure that your overall security is the best it can be. For the next two weeks, our City will be very vulnerable. All kinds of criminals are in town, wanting to enrich themselves. Ensure that your visitors & family adhere to your security rules. Arm your alarm at night – even if you have visitors sleeping over.
Lastly minute reminders from Monty:
• Readers who stay near schools to keep a watchful eye.
• Report any suspicious activity because thieves tend to target school mini buses during the holiday season.
• Take care if you are about to go on leave and make sure that before you go away on holiday your alarm is in good working order, that all your exits and entrances are secure and windows are closed.
• You should also update your keyholder information with our Control Room should you be planning to go away.
• Hijackings are real and happening in our Metro. Focus on the safekeeping of your vehicles.
• Having visitors over means lots of vehicles parked outside your premises. Be careful and do regular spot checks on your vehicles.
The management and staff of ATLAS Security would like to wish all Newsletter subscribers, your families and loved ones, an enjoyable, safe and secure holiday season and a very prosperous New Year. This is the final edition of the ATLAS Crime Newsletter for 2017. The following edition will be compiled and distributed during mid January next year.
Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.
Residents who are not security conscious
Criminals are taking advantage of residents who are not security conscious. Here are a few general tips that may prevent you from becoming a victim of crime:
• Keep all doors and security gates locked at all times, even when there is more than one person at home.
• All main doors should be fitted with strong locks and security gates.
• Keep your garden well lit and make sure that trees and plants are trimmed to eliminate possible hiding places.
• Ensure that your house’s street number is clearly marked on the outside so that it is easily seen by emergency service personnel, the Police, or anyone who may need to get to you in an emergency.
• Make it difficult for criminals to operate in your neighbourhood! Report any suspicious persons or activities to ATLAS or the Police immediately. Remember to listen for and investigate dogs barking unusually late in the evening or early in the morning.
• Always lock all outside doors and windows when you go out, even if you are only going to be away for 10 minutes.