This week, Monty Montgomery, Atlas Operations Manager urges readers & residents to get back to basics – be safety smart, aware and avoid being negligent. He urges residents not to rest on their laurels and not to become complacent as criminals are still in operation.
When visiting crime scenes, Monty noticed that many residents did not have sufficient coverage in their homes and are also not arming their alarms at night. Just this week, a family only woke up as the intruders were leaving their home via the front door. They gained entry through the bedroom window, walked through the entire house while the family was asleep and the alarm only activated as the criminals opened the door when they left.
Monty reminds readers that we do have various solutions to stay one step ahead of criminal elements. For security purposes we cannot go into great detail, but should readers with to enquire about these safety measures, please contact our office and set up an appointment for one of our security agents to review your risk.
Home invasions – these are far too high for Monty’s liking. Your aim should be that you not wake up with a suspect standing next to your bed with a weapon aimed at you.
Townhouses & cluster housing developments have far too many burglaries at the moment. Most of them have only one form of protection – an electric fence. This is a false sense of security. At the moment, between 5 and 7 units are burgled in one day – with afternoons being their favourite time. In most instances – syndicates are renting units within the very same complex. Monty urges residents to open cases with the Police – should they be victims of these crimes.
Another serious matter Monty highlights is – Black Bags. Weekly he finds black bags being put out the night before collection. This invites vagrants into your area which disrupts dogs and causes an inconvenience to your neighbours. He warns residents that the municipality can issue guilty parties with a hefty fine.
On a more positive note, he reports that crime can be under control if we keep increasing our crime fighting techniques ie. visibility, eyes and ears on the ground and CCTV cameras. He encourages residents, Metro, SAPS & neighbourhood watches to continue sharing information. By doing this we will get rid of unwanted elements in the neighbourhoods.
Armed Robberies – Monty sadly reports that this type of crime is on the increase. These used to take place during opening and closing business times but have now changed to the middle of the day. Lunch times are becoming popular due to lack of staff on the premises. Always ensure that you have enough staff on the floor during lunch times.
Lastly Monty warns that our town is riddled with hijackings – the elderly and women are being targeted. Lock your doors and roll up your windows so that unwanted people cannot easily enter your car. This week, criminals simply climbed into the car of a female driver and demanded that she drive them around at gunpoint.
Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.