Village Talk - 20 June 2018
20 June 2018
There has been awesome work done by Knight Security Solutions Operations staff this past month. Over 10 suspects have been apprehended and handed over to SAPS and numerous stolen items recovered. KSS along with community groups and SAPS are working together to make our communities safer.
Domestic workers attacked
Domestic workers walking home from work have become the latest target of criminals. Please ensure that you pay employees via EFT into a bank account so that they are not vulnerable carrying cash on them. Please also encourage employees and school children to walk in groups of three or more – there is definitely safety in numbers. Cell phones should also be carefully concealed so as not to attract attention. Ensure that emergency services numbers are on speed dial or call Knight Security Solutions on 033 330 5911. Remember to give you name, number and location when you call in.
There are many areas with over-grown verges, especially in Merrivale, which has seen a recent spike in criminal activity. Please cut down excessive bush around your property, as this creates hiding places for criminals to “surprise” attack unsuspecting people walking in the area. Criminals can also hide away in the bushes and stash stolen items.
Please report incidents and suspicious vehicles/persons directly to your security service provider so that we can take prompt action. Please note that WhatsApp is not a formal means of dispatching a security service provider or SAPS. You need to phone your security service provider control room (KSS 033 3305 911) or activate your alarm to elicit a response. Please respect this protocol and don’t place the lives of community citizens in danger by expecting them to respond. Take ownership of what you post on social media.
Main types of crimes
Electronic items, batteries (gate and vehicles) and copper pipe thefts have increased. Please be aware, as some of these incidents have occurred during the day and access was gained to numerous properties by cutting the fence and then accessing the house/building by removing the window panes or breaking through the front gate and front door. Set your alarms and ensure outside areas/fences are well protected. Many incidents are occurring when alarms have not been set or in unalarmed areas/buildings.
Please note that when you are in town, you need to ensure that your vehicle is locked. There have been reports of criminals climbing into occupied vehicles to steal items. Also ensure that vehicles are kept in a yard or garage at night, and are protected by beams / alarm systems / padlocked gates. Be vigilant and careful at all times.
There have been recent reports of dogs being poisoned in the Merrivale area. Please be extra vigilant with your pets. For further reading go to https://www.friendsofthedog.co.za/poisoned---here-in-sa.html
KSS is stronger and more active than ever, as we continually assess, adapt and improve on our systems and structures. We are proud of our industry compliance and will always strive to be the best security company in the Midlands.
Be proactive about your own security. Contact KSS if you would like further advice on 033 330 5911.
Remember – You are safer with us!