Monty’s Crime Report: Going Away or Staying at Home? Things to remember these holidays.
This week Monty Montgomery, Atlas Security Operations Manager ends off the week by reminding readers to have a safe festive season. Remember all the crime warnings and the types of crimes taking place in the metro.
Murphy’s Law for Holidaymakers: If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong while you’re on holiday, which is possibly the worst time a domestic calamity can strike. Returning home from your honeymoon, African safari or Mediterranean cruise can be gloomy in itself, but returning from an unforgettable journey and learning that something has gone seriously wrong at home can be utterly devastating.
Even though there are things that you can do every day to help make your home safer when you are away on holiday, it is not so straightforward. A home that looks uninhabited is generally a much easier target for a burglar.
Prepare For the Worst:No matter what you do, or safety measures you may take, it is still possible that something could occur while you are away. Should this happen, it will almost certainly not be an amusing experience, but it hurts less if you are organized ahead of time. ATLAS advises you to check your insurance policy and claim procedures before leaving. Create a home inventory and take lots of good quality pictures of everything in your house. This may take some time, but it is just a matter of keeping everything updated.
Taking all of the precautions listed will ensure that you have much less chance of a break-in or something bad happening while you are away. If the unthinkable happens, you will also be better equipped to deal with the consequences.
With that said, power outages do increase your security risk. Criminals KNOW when load shedding is planned and you and your family may be more susceptible during these times.
There has been little change in the burglary crime trends used by thieves. What has indeed been trending this past week is that these intrepid criminals have been targeting non alarmed areas, and home burglaries still show that techno-gadgets and flat screen TVs are popular affirmative shopping plunder. Garages, outbuildings, bathrooms and roofs are still popular targets for burglars.
Apart from the fact that burglars can steal valuable items from an unlocked or unprotected garage, they can also gain easy access to your home. Even if the door between the garage and the house is secure, a burglar will have more time to work on it, as he can be hidden from view in the garage. He may also have access to tools to help him break in.
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Monty wants to remind the readers, once again, to be aware when arriving and leaving your home. This rule also applies to shopping malls and to your workplace. Criminals are watching and waiting to pounce. You may have noticed that armed robberies have increased.
He warns readers to be extra careful at traffic intersections. People tend to leave phones and bags on car seats. Rich pickings for the smash and grab gangs. Many robberies and hijackings take place at intersections. Be safe, look around and watch your distance. Should danger approach, get attention from other cars by hooting and making a noise.
Lastly, Tips for loadshedding.
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Electric Doors: Make sure you know where the keys for your electronic garage doors are, especially if the system is not linked to a back up battery.
Driveway Gates: Test your driveway gate battery particularly if it’s been a few years since it was replaced.
ICE Mobile Panic: Set up an ICE Panic alarm for times when your alarm system fails and you need help in an emergency during the loadshedding. Your cellphone number will be routed via Atlas Security’s alarm monitoring base, enabling our control centre to identify the caller and default location. The controller will immediately dispatch an armed response officer to the default location and call you to verify the emergency. If the call isn’t answered the incident is escalated to duress protocols.
Torches: Recharge your torch batteries as soon as the electricity supply is restored to make sure you have sufficient light during loadshedding.
Stay indoors: If your back-up battery fails and your alarm system dies, keep all doors and windows locked and don’t investigate suspicious noises outside.
Go Gas: Gas stoves are becoming a popular choice but keep gas safety in mind. There are also portable options, like gas camping stoves and lamps.
Stay safe and rest assured, your world is secure in Atlas’ hands.