Monty’s Crime Report: Wishing you a safe festive season.
As another year draws to a close, Monty Montgomery, Atlas Security Operations Manager, and the Atlas Team would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business and support during the past year. The ATLAS community has shown substantial growth and many successes during the year and we could not have done it without your support. Thank you all very much! The following edition will be compiled and distributed during mid January next year.
Monty wants to remind the readers, once again, to be aware when arriving and leaving your home. This rule also applies to shopping malls and to your workplace. Criminals are watching and waiting to pounce. You may have noticed that armed robberies have increased.
A few last minute reminders to keep you and your loved ones safe this season:
· Do not leave your windows, doors or garages open.
· Do not leave expensive or attractive items lying around the garden. Also, do not leave tools or other items lying around in your garden, as criminals can use these to gain access to your premises and even use them as weapons against you.
· Never walk alone! Even if you are just walking to a nearby store, never walk with your cell phone or money visible as this can attract unnecessary attention.
· When you are driving, be sure to keep valuable items such as cell phones and laptops away from open windows, as these are easy targets for opportunistic thieves.
· When in public, be sure your handbag clasp or zipper is closed. Wallets, cheque books and cell phones should not protrude from your pockets.
· Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Use the DTA principle:
We have found that criminals are using the following techniques:
- Putting something in front of the passive infrared detector so that it does not ‘see’ them. This usually occurs during roof burglaries.
- Breaking small windows and fleeing – only to return after a few hours. This gives the impression of a “false alarm”. It is procedure to request a keyholder to the site to check the inside of the property – this is important when this modus operandi is utilised, as it should avoid the return of the criminals.
- Business hours are well-known to suspects. If you are opening up in the morning or closing up at night, do not do this alone as this puts you in a very vulnerable position.
- Panels and wires are being cut and ripped. If you do not have an Atlas roof protector, your chances of detecting the suspects before they can get to the wires are very slim. Having a dual monitored panel – a telephone connection with a radio – is important, as these signals will assist in identifying such issues.
We urge you to please respond to any signal that comes through to our control centre at all times. When being asked to attend to the premises to perform necessary inspections, please co-operate with our controllers, in order to reduce the risk of a missed break-in. If you are leaving town for a holiday, please contact us and arrange for alternative key holders to be loaded onto your profile and advise us that you will not be home. Should your alarm activate, we will be aware of this information and contact your nominated keyholder. Please do contact us for information regarding the testing your alarm, or any other information in this article, on 0861 585 585 or alternatively please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe and rest assured, your world is secure in Atlas’ hands.