Open windows – Open-ended invitation to criminals!

Are you guilty of leaving your windows open when you leave your home? Or even worse, sleeping with the windows open? Monty Montgomery, Atlas Operations Manager, reports that on a daily basis he finds homes burgled with entry gained via an open window and the alarm system not armed.

Please arm your alarm! Far too many incidents are occurring where the resident falls victim of theft or a house breaking only to be left disappointed in themselves for not arming their alarm. Make sure you have layers of barriers including burglar bars, beams, electric fence and CCTV, all these form part of a chain of deterrents.

Theft of motor vehicles and theft out of motor vehicles is at its highest ever. Most of these incidents were reported at big shopping areas in our suburbs and the beachfront. Let us take extra care by parking in safe areas. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Remember that any little item could be of monetary value to a criminal who possibly has nothing.

While we do our best to keep arresting these intruders, we can always do better with the help from our clients. First of all, more/multiple alarm signals gives us a better chance of making an arrest. Make sure that your alarm has multiple zones and sufficient coverage. Secondly, reports from you, our eyes and ears on the ground. If you see or hear something, be sure to report it.

Robberies from our scholars are still continuing. Let’s take extra care of our loved ones. If you happen to be in the vicinity of a school, make an effort to look around and make sure that everyone’s safe. If you do see anyone suspicious, report it immediately. Trust your instinct.

Although our ATM banks seem to have improved in terms of safety and security, we still have to be careful around them. This week criminals forced open an ATM at a supermarket. Know that criminals have the ability to fiddle with ATM’s during the night.

Businesses are still being targeted in various ways. Be careful if you have valuables on display and easily accessible. Make sure that you have a means of calling for help should armed robbers hit your business.

Stay safe and rest assured, your world is secure in Atlas’ hands.