This week Monty Montgomery reports that he’s already noticing an increase in activity in all areas. Activities ranging from visitors, staff parties & meetings, sport and social events. He echoes that silly season is hot on our heels and fast approaching.
The above statement means lots of foot and vehicle traffic. Resulting in far too many cars parked on verges which makes it far too easy for predators to enrich themselves. This leads to either theft out of or theft of motor vehicles. It could even lead to hijackings and attacks when leaving your venue or arriving at home.
Up next, Monty urges scholars and students to take extra care when going to and from exams. Monty noticed that far too many parents are leaving their kids to walk on their own from school. Children are also not walking in big groups anymore. This is vital – theirs safety in numbers.
Monty reaches out to residents that reside near overgrown bushes. After clearing the most popular bushes in the Metro – Monty found good and bad people living in these bushes. The bad elements dwelling in these bushes are watching your every move. He urges residents to report all sorts of activities in bushes. Even a little trail of smoke coming from a bush could mean that there are people living there.
Since the installation of our AI cameras in a few areas in the Metro, it has driven crime out of those areas. But this has moved criminals into the bushes – Obviously to be out of camera eyes. Beware of self-made entry/exit into the community from the bush. Analytical cameras is a costly, but incredibly effective measure to be pro-active and prevent crime. These cameras have also been set up in various complexes in Port Elizabeth. It detects human movement, which then sends a signal to our control center, we’re also able to monitor the footage from our center.
Monty issues another warning to residents regarding broken street lights – it could be that they are being damaged on purpose – to commit crime in darkness.
Unfortunately Monty does not have good news regarding home invasions. As you are aware, quite a few people lost their lives. 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.
Access control on your property is vital and must be controlled 100%. Do not take chances. Do not be negligent. Do not leave your gates/doors open because you are expecting friends/family to arrive in a few minutes. During most of the recent home invasions, Monty noted that no forced entry was gained.
Get to know your neighbours, they could just save your life! Look after each other. When arriving at home alone or late at night, ask your neighbour to watch as you enter your home. Extra eyes and ears could save your life.
Look after each other and stay safe.