This week Monty Montgomery, Atlas Operations Manager warns readers to be cautious over the next two weeks. In this edition, Monty will discuss crime trends that normally occur over long weekends and festive seasons.
He is pleased to report that our team is ready for the long weekend and school holidays. Atlas is geared up for what it holds. He urges those 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. With the long weekend ahead, we’re urging residents and business owners to safeguard their safes as best as possible.
With the ongoing festivities in the Bay, Monty warns readers to go about having fun safely and securely. Watch out for criminals preying on jewellery and handbags. Monty urges youngsters to stay safe and alert. Always be aware of your surroundings and look after each other – whether at home or out and about.
Armed robberies remain a big problem in the Bay. Monty warns Keyholders to be alert. Another important factor is educating your keyholder/s as to the operation of your system and allocate them their own arm/disarm code – if your system allows – and give them a password that is easy for them to remember. Please ask them to make themselves contactable in the event of our controllers needing to call them.
Robbery from persons is at a shocking rate at the moment because it’s become very lucrative. If you walk around in public – be aware and alert. Hide your valuables and walk confidently. On a daily basis, when Monty patrols, he notices people walking around talking on their cell phones and flashing their valuables. He finds residents to be too laid back which makes them extremely vulnerable. He urges readers to be more alert and aware of their surroundings – especially at their workplace.
Theft of and theft out of motor vehicles and hijackings are still ongoing. Please be cautious at all times especially at four way stops and traffic lights. These have become hot spots and criminals would appear out of nowhere and grab your jewellery and goods on your seat etc. Note that this happens very quickly so avoid having your vehicle boxed and being bumper to bumper. Always make sure you’re able to get away.
House burglaries are still our greatest concern because of the amount of loss that occurs due to negligence. Negligence is causing people to become easy targets. Monty finds that under-protected residences tend to be burgled. Please ensure that your alarm is always armed, your entire home is protected and any outbuildings also protected.
Monty would like to warn all residents with bush in their surrounding area, as all suburbs surrounded by bushes have experienced crime. Gate motors, house numbers and anything in your yard will be stolen by these bush dwellers. With the help of the Metro, Atlas assures you that we are doing our utmost to clear the bush area as best possible – please remember that wherever they re-establish themselves, crime will increase. Be aware of your surroundings and take note of unfamiliar activity and report it.
Monty reminds the readers about the importance of opening a case with the Police after a crime has been committed. It has come to light that residents are hesitant to open cases with the Police, merely disappearing from crime scenes and do not even bother to report what happened. In other instances, the Police have to release arrested villains due to victims opting out of opening a case. The repercussions of these actions send out a clear message to criminals.
Lastly Monty issues an early warning to those planning a road trip over the coming long weekend. Click here to read our checklist.
Finally, Monty finds that some keyholders are not very reliable. He urges subscribers to choose their keyholders wisely – choose people that have your property and best interests at heart. Have a fantastic long weekend. Remember, an increase in visitors to your home obviously increases the valuables onsite. More socializing and braais automatically mean more handbags, cell phones and tablets in homes.
Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.