This week, Monty Montgomery, Atlas Operations Manager, emphasizes how important minutes and seconds are in our industry, especially this time of the year. That means Atlas’ stand-down times as well as keyholder stand-down times, which will minimize the loss suffered should something happen.

We are however aware that it’s the busiest time of the year. Our aim is to get through this season safely. Monty is very excited for the upcoming festive season and is confident that our Operations team is fighting fit and ready for anything that comes their way.

Monty wishes to remind all readers that nothing has changed in the crime game. Home invasions, armed robberies, hijackings and all the petty crimes are still happening far too often. He reminds readers to HAVE A PLAN. Know what to do should something happen. He urges residents to avoid being negligent.

Most thwarted burglaries or attacks are as a result of an observant neighbour. Get to know your neighbours; watch out for them and their home, and they will do the same for you. Set up or join your neighbourhood watch program, where everyone takes turns checking in on one another.

On another serious note, he shares that our tourists are being targeted. He urges locals to look out for our visitors. Remember to be aware of your surroundings.

He reminds readers that social gatherings are extremely vulnerable this time of the year. Try to go out in large groups and look after one another, especially when visiting our beaches – always ensure that someone is watching your valuables while swimming.

Remember, hijacking is definitely on the rise in the Metro with the majority occurring in your driveway. Avoid routines and be cautious when leaving and arriving at home/work. This is the place where you usually let your guard down. Monty advises homeowners to make sure that their family and friends are safe when they arrive and leave your house. A follow up call/message to your family or friends is also recommended in order to check if they arrived safely.

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

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE BOXES AFTER BUYING GIFTS?

How about disposing of the packaging that your new, expensive plasma screen TV or other electronic equipment came in? Did you put the box outside in the trash for all to see? Why not cut the box up and put it into a bag? Yes, this takes a little time, but consider the possible alternatives – you may become a victim of opportunistic theft!

We often leave valuable equipment, electronic goods and even cash in plain view of anyone who comes to the front door or looks through the window. Opportunistic burglars are experts at doing this. Be vigilant and aware at all times!