Monty’s Crime Report: The ATLAS survival guide.
With all the crime and attacks taking place in and around the Metro, Atlas Security Operations Manager, Monty Montgomery shares a useful survival kit with all our readers. It is vital to plan before you find yourself in a pickle, do not look for a solution in the middle of an emergency – It will be too late!
Awareness and Avoidance
Trust your instincts
Lines of defense
Assessing the risk
With another long weekend approaching, Monty shares that this is a great opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, to have fun and reflect on what’s important. Unfortunately, these are also times when enterprising thieves take advantage of unsecured homes, properties and targeting unsuspecting people. ATLAS strongly encourages Subscribers to practice heightened personal security in places such as restaurants, bars, clubs, churches, theatres, shopping centres, museums, and public organized events during the Easter holiday. Reassess your personal security plans; remain aware of your environment, especially at local events; and maintain a high level of vigilance. Take the appropriate steps to boost your security.
We can never be too cautious, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbours. All we can do is try and avoid any potential situation that could result in us being turned into a statistic on the evening news.
Home invasions are still a great concern – the elderly are being targeted once again. Monty urges all subscribers to not confront anything or anyone but to rather call for assistance. Unfortunately a large portion of incidents had been attributed to negligence such as doors and windows being left unlocked or open.
Businesses and commercial sites were knocked hard the past few weeks. With security guards and staff being overpowered and hurt during attacks – realize that you’re constantly being watched and criminals always have a master plan when they strike.
Monty warns all subscribers who arrive home when the night has fallen – ensure that you secure your vehicle as you get home – the vehicle theft has increased dramatically. Should you be someone who parks their car later at night, Monty urges you to please do so as you get home. Safeguard your vehicle before it is too late.
Lastly, Atlas Security would like to wish our local and international triathletes well with their upcoming Ironman race this weekend. Good luck – race smart, stay safe and have a great day!
To the spectators – here’s a few tips on how to keep safe at the event.
How children can protect themselves
- Always tell your parents where you are going and who you are with.
- NEVER get into anyone’s car without permission.
- Go to the nearest marshal/event kiosk if lost or separated from a parent.
- Do not take candy or other gifts from strangers without asking a parent first.
- Stay away from isolated areas.
- If you do not know the driver of a car that slows down or stops near you, run home, to the police department or to a public place where there are people. Do not run and hide.
- If an adult approaches to ask for directions, step back, tell them you don’t know and walk away. Adults should ask other adults for directions.
- Conceal your cell phone when you are in a public place.
- Do not leave cell phones or other valuable items clearly visible in cars.
Unfortunately, there is yet to be a handbag or wallet invented that cannot be taken or stolen out of. There is no fail-safe way to protect your portable possessions unless you keep them on your person at all times. If a thief wants your valuables, chances are he/she will steal them when you leave them unattended. However, there are good strategies to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
- Carry only what you need.
- Carry only small amounts of cash.
- Only take the cards you plan to use.
- Leave expensive jewellery and personal items at home.
- Don’t carry anything that is irreplaceable unless you absolutely must, even if it has no significant cash value.
- When in public, be sure your handbag clasp or zipper is closed. Wallets, cheque books and cell phones should not protrude from pockets.
- NEVER leave your handbag unattended.
Stay safe and rest assured that your world is safe in Atlas’ hands.