KSS Incident Report 12 - 22 February 2021
Dear KSS Clients
KSS Birthday celebration
Knight started in 1989 with Gary Preston, the current owner, installing the very first alarm system in Howick as their apprentice technician. Knight Security Solutions (KSS) was renamed and rebranded in 2014 and has gone from strength to strength. KSS celebrates its 32nd birthday in March this year and is one of the oldest established, trusted and reliable security companies in the KZN Midlands.
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Incident summary (crime and other)
There were 2 incidents in Howick. There were 2 incidents in Mpophomeni. There was 1 incident in Merrivale.
KSS Incidents 12 – 22 February 2021
12 February 2021 Mandela Drive (Mpophomeni) The KSS Control Room received an alarm activation. A KSS Response unit was dispatched. The KSS Officers reported a positive break-in. Suspects gained entry by jumping over the razor wire fence and bending the burglar guards. KSS Officers managed to apprehend the suspect. A computer was recovered. KSS handed the suspect over to SAPS. A case was opened.
15 February 2021 08:10 Main Road (Howick) KSS were advised about a break-in over the weekend. There was no sign of forced entry. SAPS were formally advised.
17 February 2021 18:02 Northumberland Avenue (Howick) The KSS Control Room received a call from a client requesting assistance. A KSS Response unit was dispatched. The KSS Officers reported that the fence had been cut. SAPS were formally advised. A case was opened. KSS conducted additional patrols in the area.
19 February 2021 06:35 Oleander Road (Merrivale) The KSS Control Room received a call from a client requesting assistance. A KSS Response unit was dispatched. The KSS Officers reported that suspects had jumped over the fence. Two batteries were stolen. As per the client no need for SAPS
22 February 2021 01:28 R617 (Mpophomeni) The KSS Control Room received a panic activation from an on-site KSS Security Guard. A KSS Response unit was dispatched. The KSS Officers reported that while on patrol, the Security Guard had noticed items missing. Footprints were seen. SAPS were formally advised.
Crime trend update over the past 3 months
Some incidents have involved outbuildings, sheds, garages and carports being broken into. Often these outbuildings are not alarmed or protected by external beams.
Vehicles and vehicle contents are being targeted. Vehicles parked outside a garage are vulnerable and it is suggested that external beams be installed as an early warning trigger.
Gates being tampered with and batteries being stolen has been noted. It is possible to link you gate motor / battery to your alarm system so you can be alerted to an activation or tampering.
Some recent break-ins have involved the front doors of premises being forced open, and copper pipes are also being targeted.
General Security Advice
1. Test your alarm at least every 3 months and request the services of a technician if your alarm is faulty. It is important to inform your security service provider when you are testing your system.
2. If you park your car outside your garage, ensure that you have external beams linked to your alarm system to alert you if you have an intruder on your property.
3. Secure any outbuildings, sheds, veranda’s and garages with some sort of external protection. These areas can be linked to your existing house alarm.
4. Now is a perfect time to trim all excess foliage and clean up your property and verges.
5. Number your property clearly so that emergency services can easily locate your address.
6. Don’t leave items lying around outside in view of the road. There are opportunistic criminals that quickly jump into and out of yards and steal these smaller items.
For all your professional alarm system installations and upgrades, CCTV cameras, biometrics, access control, guarding and other security advice, KSS are able to assist you.
Please report incidents and suspicious vehicles / persons directly to your security service provider so that they can take prompt action. Please note that WhatsApp is not a formal means of dispatching a security service provider or SAPS. The KSS 24/7 Control Room contact number is 033 330 5911.
KSS constantly liaises with, and has an exceptional working relationship with all our local SAPS.
Please contact any of our Management Team for more information and updates.
There is a lot to be said for 32 years of stable, sound and professional service, advice and local knowledge.
KSS – You are safer with us!
Gary and the dedicated KSS Team