Village Talk 7 March 2018
March 2018 sees the 29th birthday of “KNIGHT” operating as a security service provider in the Midlands. Gary Preston, who now owns KSS, was the first employee of Knight Alarms in 1989 and installed the very first alarm in Howick. Thank you, GARY, for everything you have done for the people of our community for the past 29 years of loyal, committed service.
KSS Staff training
KSS runs an effective in-house Skills Development and Training Program for all our staff. Training ranges from basic first aid and OHS, to human resources, public relations, understanding your role in the security industry, care of security equipment, advanced driving, firearm refresher training, understanding security industry statutory regulations etc…. just to name a few of the up-skilling training sessions held over the past year. Currently, we are empowering staff to get fit and healthy, and have a fitness expert coming to the new office premises 3 mornings a week to do training. The staff are loving it.
Storms and lightning strikes
Please may we advise people to ensure that doors and windows are closed when you are not at home. Often a storm rolls in and the high winds cause many unnecessary alarm activations due to doors and windows banging and curtains blowing in front of beams (PIR’s).
Please also note that KSS has been requested to dispatch medical services to more than two people that have been stuck by lightening recently. It’s not always possible to predict where lightning will strike, but here are some tips on what to do when there is lightning activity. (Adapted from www.parent24.com).
• Lightning is electricity which is attracted to the tallest object around, as it travels between the earth/ground and the sky. The first rule of lightning is to avoid being outside when there is lightning activity. Avoid fields and open spaces which could make you the tallest object.
• The second rule is also incredibly important: When we’re caught outside in a storm, our instinct is to seek shelter under a tree. This is very dangerous, because if the tree is struck, the lightning could jump to your body.
• A car is a safer place to find shelter. Even though a car is metal, lightning will be conducted through the metal of the car and into the ground.
• Avoid using items such as umbrellas or golf clubs.
• If caught in an open space, find a hole or ditch to hide in, and make your body as small as possible - don’t lie flat, though.
• Inside your house, avoid anything electrical such as plugs, appliances and telephones, as well as anything relating to water such as taps, basins or pipes, as water is a conductor of electricity. Don’t have a shower or bath during a storm!
• Avoid swimming or standing on a beach, as lightning may strike at the water’s edge.
• Remove anything metal from your clothing and body, such as jewellery, belts and coins – if caught outside.
• Don’t use your cell phone outside during a storm.
Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter. Lightning can strike very far from a thunderstorm, so even if it isn’t raining, once you can hear thunder you may be in danger.
There has been an increase in break-ins to unalarmed outbuildings (wendy houses and sheds). Please ensure that if you have out-buildings, they are locked and alarmed.
Cable and Copper Theft
Cable and copper theft is on the increase. Please report cable or copper theft immediately to the KSS Control Room on 033 3305911. KSS are working alongside Private Investigators and SAPS in combating this serious crime.