Monty’s Crime Report: Don’t become a Victim!
Monty Montgomery, Atlas Security Operations Manager reports that home invasions are rife – with elderly people, in particular, being targeted. They are a real threat and therefore Monty urges the public, again, to look after their families especially the ones living alone. He adds that house robberies are becoming extremely violent and brutal – including rape incidents recently.
Monty asks the question: Will you be woken up by a burglar standing next to your bed? This is a very sickening thought, but a very realistic one which is occurring often in the Metro. Take some time to think about the security measures that you have in place – perimeter and internal protection. Visit our website to browse through the various products and services available
This past week saw a spike in theft out of motor vehicles. This crime happens very quickly and is rife at the moment. These incidents take place outside homes, along the beach front, at restaurants and shops. To avoid the above mentioned incidents, Monty urges residents to ensure that their gates are secured and always locked. Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle.
Port Elizabeth is targeted with armed robberies and theft. Businesses and commercial properties are still targeted at night. Take extra care to ensure that your buildings are secured and alarmed with good lighting onsite. Also avoid keeping large amounts of cash on site. He again raises concerns – particularly about business keyholders who fail to meet response officers after their alarm activates during the middle of the night. The one alarm signal or multiple zone activations received by Atlas could be their lifeline. Not meeting the response officer can result in major losses and it buys criminals time to ransack buildings. One should always remember that criminals are one step ahead and are well aware of these facts.
Monty wishes to remind alarm owners that have alarms older than 10 years that they do not keep criminals at bay compared to the latest technologies. On a daily basis, he visits crime scenes where criminals bypass these alarms. He urges residents to stay one step ahead of the criminal elements ensuring they have high-quality defences in place.
Lastly Monty pleads with the public to look out for their elderly family members. Firstly, make sure that they have an alarm system and know how to use it during the day and night. Ensure that they have a safe room that can lock should they find themselves in an emergency. The elderly must please be aware of people knocking on doors while they are alone at home during the day, as they might have the intention of sussing out houses. He also warns that elderly people were also recently 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 happen is for them to be unexpectedly surprised by someone next to their bed.
Stay safe and rest assured, your world is secure in Atlas’ hands.