Monty’s Crime Report: They know when you are sleeping, they know when you’re awake…
This week, Monty Montgomery, Atlas Security Operations Manager, reminds residents to be alert. Be aware when you arrive home – look around before entering your premises. Residents and business owners are advised to beef up their security, ensuring that you have the best possible security measures in place is crucial for you and your family.
It is a common misconception that criminals are “dumb” and uncoordinated, the truth is that most criminals are clever, they know exactly what they are doing and plan their every movement, they create these plans after watching your every move, and they know your vulnerabilities, they like to strike and when opening your doors, as you are extremely vulnerable as your alarm is off, your mind is on the million things you need to get done once you get inside, the million things that you’ve just completed, you’re thinking of everything except what is happening around you in that very moment. You need to be vigilant, even when at home, and make sure you are aware of your surroundings. Monty adds the reminder – an increase in visitors to your home obviously increases the valuables onsite. More socializing and braais automatically mean more handbags, cell phones and tablets in homes.
Home security might not always be on some homeowners’ priority lists, but it should be! When you compare the cost of an alarm system and armed response, with the cost of potential losses you incurred by not being protected (not to mention your life), an alarm system is definitely justifiable and easily outweighs the cost of potential loss and the other risks involved with being unprotected. Now that you have your alarm, the most important thing to do is to actually arm your alarm, especially when you’re sleeping at night.
Monty recently discovered that many homes that were burgled had pet friendly sensors installed – which failed to activate. This is a false sense of security and criminals thrive on it. Think twice about this option and relook at your alarm equipment if you previously had a pet friendly alarm installed. If you do not have pets living inside your home anymore – then its’s time to upgrade alarm system to suit your current needs.
Home invasion figures are still high, so take extra precautions when leaving your premises unattended by securing it properly and arming your system, not forgetting to do it when retiring to bed. Monty has found that the burglars are becoming greedier, by targeting a lot more than just Plasma TVs. Make sure that your front door, security gates and perimeter gates are secured properly. Also, make it very difficult for intruders to enter your property as the more difficult it is, the less likely they will attempt to gain access to your arm and instead move on to an easier target.
Be mindful of unprotected areas and items, these could include garage doors, Wendy houses, gate motors or any other valuable items/areas being targeted. Your garage door should be as secure as your front and back door. How often do you leave your garage door open for the entire world to see your tools or other possessions? Even if you are in a seemingly ‘safe’ neighbourhood, there are still people who drive around all day looking for potential victims. If there is no car in the garage, what does that tell them? You probably aren’t home! Keep your garage door closed at all times!
- Monitor your garage door with your alarm system, by having a passive infrared installed in your garage and a magnetic contact fitted to the bottom of the door. Early detection allows for quicker reaction times for armed response and SAPS.
- Do not leave your garage door open, even if you are home.
- Install motion lights above the garage door.
- Frost or cover garage windows.
- Reinforce the inter-leading door from the garage into your home. Be sure your garage door and any side entrance doors are in good condition so that they close completely and lock. Double keyed dead bolt locks are best for side entry doors.
Vacant premises – If your premises is left empty/unoccupied, ensure that you do daily checks on the premises. If you fail to secure it properly, the thieves will continue to burgle it and remove everything that’s worth selling – from wiring, copper piping to light switches, and right down to the doors.
Theft out of motor vehicles is still on the rise. Once again, you should ensure that your vehicles are behind locked gates/garages; hide your valuables and double check that your vehicle is locked.
Businesses are in the crime spotlight this week. Criminals focus on businesses at night and over weekends. The number of incidents is high, therefore you will have to ensure you do your best to make it as hard as possible for them to gain entry. On the commercial front, Monty warns residents to not relax. Thanks to good response times and keyholders meeting the response officers at a crime scene, massive losses have been prevented.
Robbers are usually armed when robbing pedestrians and more so for armed robberies. Be aware as this is becoming a daily occurrence and getting worse.
Lastly, our joint mission with the South African Police Services is to ensure a safe and secure Metro. You will see more and more joint operations with Atlas Security and the SAPS as we try and stabilize the crime in our city. These joint efforts have resulted in a few good arrests recently. Foot patrols and special will be the order of the week. Stay safe and rest assured, your world is secure in our hands.