This week Monty Montgomery, Atlas Operations Manager, wants to alert readers to information that will keep them safe during the upcoming long weekend/school holidays. The idea is to be safe at all times and to have the best holiday ever.
Monty wishes to remind readers that there is plenty of festivities taking place in the Metro over this period. He urges holiday makers to safely have fun and look out for each other. To those going away, ensure that you have dedicated and reliable keyholders available should they need to be contacted. Also make sure that they have easy access to your home at all times. To those who will be staying at home – he urges them to be vigilant and to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Be aware of activities in your street and your neighbourhood as a whole.
Up next, Monty wishes to discuss very serious matters. Although all security officials are keeping crime under control, we still find horrible incidences taking place. The reality is that it is taking place around us. He urges all residents be alert and report anything suspicious.
Monty wants readers to be aware that house robberies and armed robberies are still far too high – he calls them the “ugly ones”. He adds that suspects are becoming more and more aggressive during these encounters.
Shoppers and pedestrians must be careful when out and about. Cash-in-transits, armed robberies as well as house robberies are happening far too frequently, especially when locking up your business/home.
• Try not to lock up alone – make sure someone is there as a lookout.
• Make sure that you do indeed arm your alarm
• Do not leave the office alone at night
• Always leave as a group
• Should you be caught up in a cash-in-transit robbery, take cover until it’s safe to leave.
Some important deterrents Monty swears by, are sufficient outdoor lighting and owning big dogs; he finds that the type of dog plays a big role when burglars choose their victims – with larger, louder dogs being a more obvious deterrent than smaller breeds. Also look after your pets – criminals do try to poison animals from time to time.
With the last few sunny days around – swimming and braais will still take place. Always make sure that gates are locked and visitor’s vehicles are safe. He adds a reminder – an increase in visitors to your home obviously increases the valuables on site. More socializing and braais automatically mean more handbags, cell phones and tablets in homes. All types of criminals are in town, wanting to enrich themselves. Ensure that your visitors & family adhere to your security rules. Arm your alarm at night – even if you have visitors sleeping over.
Another reminder Monty shares is to look out for suspicious people wandering around your house. If you’re not expecting visitors then no one should be near your private space.
Final reminder, the efficiency of an alarm system is dependant on regular testing and maintenance. Build-up of dirt on sensor lenses, dust, insect activity, birds, rats and pet activity reduce the reliability of your system. Good housekeeping can minimise this risk. It is also recommended that you test your entire system on a regular basis. Contact the ATLAS monitoring control centre on 0861 585 585 / firstname.lastname@example.org and let us assist you with this process.
Take care and look after yourself. Remember…the criminal is only as successful as we make him…because of our own negligence. Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.