This week, Atlas Security Operations Manager, Monty Montgomery, warns that time is of the essence when it comes to your safety and security. “There is no time for delays, especially when your alarm activates. Our chances of arresting the intruders are jeopardised if we encounter unnecessary delays. It is paramount that our officers can access your property within seconds of arrival and also to have a dedicated keyholder who can meet our officers on site to conduct an internal check of your property.”
Monty says it is very important to also stick to the basic do’s and don’ts of safety and security. “Focus on basics, be aware of neighbours, be aware of who’s staying home and who’s going on holiday. Many homes will be left unattended, so those who are staying at home during the holidays should even be more vigilant than usual.”
According to him the crime statistics are far too high this week. “Fortunately we have managed to control and keep losses to a minimum.”
He says the occurrence of attempted home invasions have been very high. “People should live by the motto, ‘If you see something do something’.”
Monty wishes to thank all for sharing valuable information within their neighbourhoods and with private security and the Police. “Let’s work together to keep all safe. Atlas Security and the SAPS are on a “zero tolerance” mission. Silly season is approaching a no-nonsense approach will be taken.”
Safety Do’s and Don’ts – Be prepared!
• DON’T PANIC
• Save all emergency numbers on your cell phone and update these regularly so there is no time wasted when calling for help
• Don’t ignore any strange noises
• Don’t go outside, rather call Atlas Security or the Police to investigate
• Before using lethal force to protect yourself, ensure you know the law
• Make sure all weapons are in a safe place, but easily accessible for you to locate it without turning on the lights which will alert the intruder(s)
• Pepper spray is a great weapon to subdue an attacker and if there is a case of mistaken identity it will be uncomfortable but not lethal. Keep pepper spray in easy-to-reach places (mounted to a wall, near the front door, next to the bed etc.)
• Treat every situation seriously and with caution – you don’t want to be caught off guard
Monty issues a stern warning to guest house owners in the Metro to be on high alert. “Review your security setup and make sure that you have a tight grip on your safety as well as the safety of your guests.” He adds that guest house owners should be more selective with regards to whom they offer accommodation to.
Business and industrial properties are being targeted at the moment. “Keyholders must meet up with the Response Officers as soon as is humanely possible after an alarm activation. Due to the high crime rate and a rise in criminal activity, it is not viable for our response officers to wait at a site for hours for a keyholder to arrive.”
Monty reminds readers to keep an eye on the elderly and children, especially when they’re out and about, walking or playing outside. “Unfortunately, children and our elderly very often fall victim to crime since they are soft targets.”
When should a case be opened with the Police?
Monty says people often ask whether or not a case should be opened with the Police when a suspect is caught trespassing.
According to him, the answer is very simple, “Definitely, yes!”
He says he finds that many subscribers opt not to open a case with the Police. “Atlas would like to emphasize the importance of opening a criminal case with the Police. Atlas is trying to go the extra mile by arresting criminals in an attempt to get them off the streets. When victims opt not to open a case with the Police, it means that the suspects will be released and they could end up committing similar or even more serious crimes.”
Lastly he reminds readers that having no “layers” of security in place will put you on the target list. “The ideal security setup will alert you and your security company that someone is trying to gain access to your yard long before they reach your house.”
It is also extremely important to have a means of calling for help and/or back-up during an emergency. “If you’re relying on your alarm and panic buttons, make sure that they are in good working order and remember to test it regularly with our control room.”
Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.