Monty’s Crime Report: Elderly Are Being Targeted & Loadshedding Returns!
Monty Montgomery, Atlas Security Operations Manager shares that home invasions are extremely high at the moment. This crime has become so organized that intruders have a vehicle roaming around to pick up their loot. The suspects arrive in groups, they are dropped off in a specific area to “work” and drop their loot into their getaway vehicle. They target anything that’s valuable. Do not make it easy for them – they take their time getting in, but also more than one suspect is trying to gain access through a different entrance. Monty also warns us that most of the time the entry point is NOT the exit point – please do not leave your house or car keys hanging around the home.
We are geared up and ready for the next two months of festivities – perpetrators are clever, but we are not that naive. Please do not give out vital information regarding your alarm system, the whereabouts or your safe codes etc. Monty encourages all subscribers to make use of family members when updating keyholder information or passing on passwords. Sometimes the right information can end up in the wrong hands.
Monty is still very concerned about the staggering number of contact crimes that’s on the rise. Especially where our elderly and students are being targeted and getting hurt. Some are even murdered. This is unacceptable and we have to work hard collectively to get this under control. He urges all those collecting high value items, drawing large sums of money or driving with valuable items to please make sure you do not do this alone – you need an extra pair of eyes to be vigilant. Do not entice suspects – your safety is more valuable.
Commercial crime is still in the lead which remains a graving concern for all. Entry points are still windows and doors. Let’s take extra care and try to bring these crimes under control.
Theft of and theft out of motor vehicles remains a daily concern. Monty warns residents to not keep valuables in their vehicles. Do not leave a jacked on the seat/floor. These criminals know that there’s something hiding under the jacket.
Armed robberies are a very soft topic that we do not enjoy raising awareness about – however they are rife and they are real. The trauma of such an event is not something we wish any member of the public to go through.
Lastly he urges residents to assist us in combating crime with zero tolerance to negligence. Secure your property and arm your alarms. Stay vigilant and take extra care during the power outages to safeguard your loved ones. Loadshedding has hit us yet again, as Eskom is unable to deliver a reliable service. This has huge implications on your alarm system and puts tremendous amounts of pressure on our control room, as we deal with false alarms. Please take the time to read some of the information that we have put together.