This week, Monty Montgomery, Atlas Operations Manager, reports that the past week has been a fairly good week for Atlas subscribers but not for the Metro as a whole. We are concerned about the number of criminal activities affecting the rest of the city.

Monty warns that the famous roof burglars have resurfaced. Make sure that you have sufficient alarm coverage in place to prevent them from accessing and emptying out your premises. Also ensure that your alarm is up to date with the latest equipment as criminals know how to bypass older alarms. To minimize your loss, it is vital to stay up to date with technology. The PIRs in a particular building were old and even faced in the wrong direction. Remember – the onus is on you, the alarm owner, to ensure that your security and burglar alarm is of the most current type and that these meet the necessary standards. For more information on the latest equipment, please contact us on 0861 585 585 or email info@atlas24.co.za

Home invasions are far too high and occurring on a daily basis. It is important to have a plan in place should an emergency occur.

– What are you going to do?
– Where are you going to go?
– And who are you going to call for help?

Due to the escalation in house robberies where the subscriber or home owner is present – we ask that you please make sure your security gates are always locked if your door is open during the day. Should you not be using a certain part of the home for a few hours – arm that section of the home for your own safety. If you need any help regarding “stay mode arming” do not hesitate to contact our technical department for more information on 0861 585 585.

Monty’s advice is, that should readers encounter strange noises on their property, particularly at night, to rather alert Atlas or the SAPS, instead of heading outside alone to investigate.
Monty also suggests rather pressing a nearby panic button, as the noise is likely to frighten the criminals who might then flee. An added benefit is that, in the event of a panic signal received by our Control Room, an armed response vehicle will be dispatched before the client is even phoned.

Crime commonly known as petty crime ie. robbery from person, theft out of motor vehicles etc. is definitely the highest it’s ever been. The city is not safe. This week we had very little loss at our armed robberies thanks to good response times.

Monty warns residents to be aware of the car remote jammers as they have reappeared again. Once again Monty reminds readers not to accept help when withdrawing money at the ATM.

Homeless and jobless people are on the increase in the Bay. These are people living on the street, which most of the time are substance abusers. They are beggars, self-appointed car guards and sometimes even prostitutes. They are normally the people who commit petty crime. They will walk the streets and pick up whatever they can, ranging from hose pipes, house numbers – just to sustain themselves. With this being said, nothing is safe in your garden. Make sure that you lock everything away and protect your motor vehicle where possible.

At the moment it is very hard to control these people as there is very little free housing available for them. During the day they are “working” (stealing, begging etc). At night, some of the ladies will go to the extreme by prostituting themselves to make extra money. Note that prostitution is real in our Metro and it’s usually affluent people who support them. The other side of this coin is that it attracts bad elements and drugs into your area, which goes hand in hand with crime. The prostitute’s client would need money which means he would need to go to the ATM at night, to withdraw a large sum of money. Criminals could be following them and force them to withdraw more money. They could even hijack the “client”. Don’t be fooled into thinking that drug abuse and prostitution does not happen in your area – it happens everywhere. Keep your eyes peeled.

Lastly, Monty reiterates that prostitution and drug abuse in your area is dangerous. It will lead to house robberies and larger crimes in your area. If you see anything suspicious, please report to the necessary authorities so that they can rid the area of these elements. Never stop complaining and keep on reporting. Together we will win. We assure you that there are a lot of people fighting the good fight. A lot of passionate people involved in keeping our city safe. Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.