This week, Monty Montgomery, Atlas Operations Manager, stresses that looking after each other is becoming more and more important – in the ‘old’ days the stereotypical nosey neighbour always knew what was going on – and we are almost certain that many criminals were thwarted because of their nosiness.
The term Ubuntu could not be more apt in this day and age – particularly with regards to safety.
Complex security is still a concern. No-one likes to think of their townhouse complex as a potential crime scene or easy target for opportunistic thieves. However, the fact is that crime in the Metro is escalating at an alarming rate. Whilst more arrests are being made, very few perpetrators are being sentenced, and when they are, they are released from jail even more “crime-smart” than before. Atlas Security is aware of these threats and is dedicated to protecting our clients’ lives and possessions. In many cases, the biggest problem we encounter is the fight against indifference in body corporates and residents who have a false sense of security.
Tips to Improve Security in Your Complex:
The following security checklist is crucial to improving safety in complexes:
• As with any individual premises, it is advised that each unit within a complex has its own security.
• Protect the perimeter of your property with an electric fence and beams.
• Implement access control and ensure visitors entering the complex pass through security.
• Intercom system that allow residents to punch in a code to gain access or remotely open the gate which also controls the entrance of non-residents.
• Criminals can jam the remote signals of an electric gate which is why it’s imperative complexes use decent remotes to prevent this.
• Cameras erected within complexes and at entrance and exit points help deter criminals.
• Knowing who your neighbours are and developing a good relationship with them can assist in emergencies.
We identified an intense need for residents to be taught how to react during robberies, particularly armed robberies, at home. Families should be informed of the realities and taught the do’s and don’ts during an emergency. CCTV footage of intruders scaling wards and accessing yards are shared far and wide. Residents are warned that these intruders are armed and extremely dangerous. Ensure that you have perimeter protection in place. This past week the Uitenhage and Despatch area were hit hard with home invasions. Fortunately the level of injuries was minimal.
Do the necessary checks when your dog barks anxiously. Monty suggests investigating without putting yourself in danger. DO NOT go outside to investigate – rather switch on your outside lights and observe. Call for help when you hear/see any suspicious activity. He is pleading with readers to be more vigilant following the drastic increase in home invasions. Always lock up properly. Most importantly arm you alarm before going to bed. We are still finding far too many cases where criminals simply walk into homes and residents are woken up with a gun to their head.
Intersections have once again become hotspots for hijackings and smash and grabs. Remember to lock your valuables in the boot and, at all times, keep your doors locked and windows rolled up. Do not entertain strangers at robots. There are certain hotspots which should be avoided. If you do happen to drive that way, be alert and look around.
Lastly, Monty urges residents to report all sorts of activities in bushes. Bad elements dwelling in these bushes are watching your every move. Smoke and even a little trail of smoke coming from a bush area could mean that there are people living there.
Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.