Robbery of Person Incidents Out Of Control

Nelson Mandela Bay has been hit with a wave of robbery of person incidents over the past week, spiking to 10 incidents. From reports, it seems that the popular modus operandi is for the suspects to approach in a white vehicle, and one-armed suspect climbs out and robs the victim.

While the SAPS works around the clock to investigate these incidents, it is up to each and every one of us to be on high alert when moving on foot between locations. We need to take the very basic precautions, which involves slight changes to your actions. One does not need a full course on safety, we just need to be aware of our surroundings at all times.

It is careless to walk and play on your phone or have earphones in with the music blasting, as this is when you become an easy target while displaying that you have valuables worth stealing.

Walking in groups makes you a very difficult target, and more often than not takes the target off your back completely as there is strength in numbers.

Should you feel in any form of danger, don’t be afraid to scream at the top of your lungs and cause as much commotion as possible. Attract as much attention to yourself as you can as criminals work best when no one is watching.

A very clever trick that Atlas Security Community Development Manager, Bernadette Nel-Naude, teaches youngsters to do is to scream “Fire!” repetitively, as people are more inclined to come out and help if there is a fire over a robbery of a person in progress. We don’t expect people to come to the rescue and go toe-to-toe with the perpetrators, the intention is simply to put the situation under the spotlight which will make it risky for the criminal. Allowing a resident to push their panic button for you to get Armed Response and the SAPS to the scene as soon as possible.