This week Monty Montgomery, Atlas Operations Manager, warns everyone that front door kickers are back in town and they’re on a mission again. He has seen a surge in this type of modus operandi over the past week.
These gangs are in and out of the premises in a very short space of time and operate in a very organised manner. What we’ve noticed is that these criminals operate in groups of 3-4 depending on the nature of their planned heist. They do their research on the day that they plan on executing their plot – looking for easy targets – homes with weak front gates, easy access to the front door and then checking that no-one is home by ringing the bell first.
What to do after your front door was kicked in:
• By the same token, perimeter access should be evaluated – see your home through the eyes of a criminal – the more barriers and defenses you put in place, the less likely your home will be a target.
• One should also consider bolstering one’s front door with extra locks, which will create less leverage for criminals to be able to kick down the door.
• Install a sturdier door.
• Install a security gate with additional ones internally.
The most important trick is to prevent them from entering your premises by keeping them out with layers of perimeter protection.
Your alarm is definitely a deterrent and buys you at least two minutes. If you have no alarm system in your house, your loss will be even greater.
Monty shares that it has come to his attention that early evenings are becoming a popular time for burglars to gain entry into homes without forcing their way in. During this time, most of the residents still have their doors and windows left open.
Another method used by criminals is to make strange noises outside or distract any dogs/cats. Residents tend to investigate and are then attacked when they get outside. They will be overpowered and forced back into their homes. He urges residents not to investigate strange noises – rather press your panic button or check cautiously without putting your life in danger.
On a more positive note, Monty reports that with high visibility in our problem areas, we managed to keep muggings down – especially around schools and at the beachfront.
House robberies: These are constantly taking place. He urges families to be very careful – these guys are armed and very dangerous. Most ofthem are armed with firearms. The trick is to rather avoid these situations and keep the criminals out of your properties.
If your dogs are barking aggressively in the middle of the night – press your panic button. Dogs have a distinctly different bark and behaviour when criminals are outside. Listen to them & act on their distinctive behaviour.
Unattended vehicles left parked outside in vulnerable areas are becoming huge targets. Make sure that you park your vehicle safely. Make it difficult for criminals to get to your vehicle.
Armed robberies: This crime is totally out of control. Criminals have the upper hand and thrive on the element of surprise. Make it difficult for them to operate and take control of your premises by setting your alarm. Retailers and Cafes must be alert. Watch the amount of stock kept on site. If you do keep stock on site, make sure that it’s well protected.
Next up he warns readers to be careful at ATMs. DO NOT talk to anyone at an ATM and do not accept help from anyone. Also try and take a friend with when you visit the autobank.
Lastly, he reminds the public not to be fooled. Take care of yourselves and your families. Remember that predators are watching and when they find the gap, they’ll attack. Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.