This week, Monty Montgomery, Atlas Operations Manager, reports that he is gravely concerned about the state of crime stats at the moment where scholars and students, as well as residents who are enjoying their neighbourhoods, fall victim of various crimes.

The June school holidays are just around the corner and with crime spiralling out of control makes Monty extremely worried, as the number of incidents is far too high for his liking. He urges each and every one in the Metro to become more alert and take back their city. We have to stand together in order to sort out this epidemic, from armed robberies, hijackings, house robberies to normal burglaries. The only way to curb this is for everyone to back one another up.

On a positive note, he adds that even though crime is rife in the Bay, Atlas is still having some luck in making arrests. He therefore urges everyone to have a plan in place to prevent such crimes.

House robberies: Elderly people are constantly being targeted, tied up and beaten for loot. He urges families to look after their elderly as well as their children. The last thing we want to happen is for them to be unexpectedly surprised by someone next to their bed. Make sure that your loved ones have a basic alarm – a basic lifeline – a panic button. Let’s look after our old people.

Monty urges parents to educate their domestics and children. Make sure they are aware of where the panic buttons are. Show them how to use them. Contact our Control Room on 0861 585 585 to test your panic button when showing them how it works. Educate them to wear a remote panic button on a lanyard at all times.

• Be aware of your surroundings – look around.
• Get help if you see something happening.
• If you witness a crime through your lounge window, make sure that you phone your security company and the Police first before you phone family and friends.
• If your domestic worker takes your child for a walk around the block, make sure that they do so safely.

Hijacking: When you get into your vehicle in the morning, have a plan – in case hijackers strike. This week Atlas recovered a hijacked vehicle. Click here to read more. If you have a dog and it starts acting weirdly, ensure that you listen to them as they are able to give you an early warning. During all of this, it is very important to have a plan and make sure you have a panic button handy when you arrive at home.

When Parking your vehicle:
• Check your rear-view mirror to ensure that you are not being followed.
• When returning home after dark, ensure that there is an outside light on or have someone meet you at the door.
• When exiting your vehicle, be cautious and aware of surrounding obstructions and shrubbery that may be concealing a hijacker.
• Never sit in your parked car without being conscious of your surroundings. Sleeping in a stationery vehicle is particularly dangerous.
• When approaching your driveway, be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles/persons.

Armed robberies: Armed robberies are still sky high. There are at least 2 armed robberies reported to Atlas Security on a daily basis. Please be aware of your safety while shopping or even running into a store. Do not become paranoid to a point that you stay home but stay vigilant!
• Make sure you have a plan.
• Be careful when visiting 24hour shops.

When you’re buying valuables or withdrawing large sums of cash, make sure that you’re not followed. Try not to keep large sums of cash on site especially foreign currency.

Theft out of motor vehicles: Wheels are also being targeted. Wheels are being removed from parked motor vehicles on a daily basis, so there must be a market out there for these stolen items. Be careful of what you leave on your car seat. An empty file/folder might be mistaken for a tablet and the cost of the repair is greater than the loss.

Monty still believes that the best way to curb crime is to make arrests. Take them off the streets and escort them through the justice system. Remember – if you see something suspicious, be sure to report it.

Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.