Atlas Security Operations Manager, Monty Montgomery, expresses great concern towards the elderly in the Metro – their safety at home and while they are away from home.
As a community, a great start would be to look out for the elderly if they’re your neighbour. Keep an eye while shopping and assist where you can.
For the rest of the shoppers, Monty reminds us to always be careful and be aware of your surroundings – keep the festive spirit but remember that safety does come first.
By now most residents have put up their Christmas trees and this means flashing lights and wrapped gifts. Try not to advertise your valuables, should criminals strike – they’ll be in and out within minutes.
Armed robberies have picked up and are happening on a daily, keep your eyes peeled! If you see someone or something untoward, abort your mission.
Business owners and their staff who handle cash and stock need to be especially vigilant at this time of the year and one of the best ways to be alert is to be aware of your surroundings. If you have high value stock that you need to load or offload from a vehicle, consider posting additional security officers at your business premises to oversee the operations.
It’s also important to vary your routine when traveling to the bank to withdraw or deposit cash to avoid criminals following you along the way. You might not see them – but they see you!
We have plenty of visitors entering our city daily, parking areas have become a target for members of the public. Stay vigilant when getting in and out of your vehicle – look out for those around you as well.
Load shedding is making our city extremely vulnerable; ensure that you check on your alarm status daily. If you require a new battery, contact out technical division who can assist. If you’re away during this vulnerable period, ensure that you have a reliable keyholder. With the crime rate peaking, you cannot afford to leave town without a dedicated keyholder.
Consider upgrading your home or business security system this holiday, even a small additional feature can make you safer the smart way. Add an extra CCTV camera – CCTV cameras are a crime deterrent and can provide police and security investigators with valuable intelligence to solve crimes.
Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.