The following was received from ADT.
“On Friday, 28 June a resident in Pretoria East was followed home from the airport. As soon as the client parked in his garage, five armed men blocked the gate with their vehicle and held the man and his family at gunpoint before stealing their luggage.
This was not an isolated incident and occurs across the country. The SAPS have warned that this type of crime has become more prevalant over the past number of years, and ADT would like to urge you to keep a lookout for any suspicious vehicles which might be following you home.
Things to look out for:
The above was received from ADT. If something suspicious is noticed (LS1), also report it to the CPF (LS1) JOC at 0861 571 911. Or – get direct; get a radio: It can safe precious time in a crisis situation.
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“Today we are launching Drug Watch in Gauteng and the initiative could not come at a better time.
Drugs are devastating many lives and ruining communities across South Africa. Gauteng has been labeled the ‘drug capital’.
The direct link between drugs and domestic violence, rape, abuse and other crimes is well established. To curb these social ills, we need to tackle the drug problem head on and with vigour.
Drug Watch aims to squeeze the space in which drug dealers are able to operate in and to enable communities to deal with the problems they face.
As a Lead SA and Crime Line initiative, Drug Watch aims to highlight and strengthen the efforts of the South African Police Services (SAPS), the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) and Community Policing Forums (CPFs) in clamping down on the trade of drugs.
Drug Watch also has the support of the Premier of Gauteng as well as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
President Jacob Zuma has extended his support too. In a letter of endorsement he writes: ‘It is clear that working together we are poised to intensify the war on drugs and succeed.’
‘We have to target the drug manufacturers and dealers. We also have to start the healing process in communities who have been torn apart as a result of the drug scourge.’
Through the media platforms of Talk Radio 702, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, The Star and The Pretoria News, a spotlight will be shone on the drug scene in the province over the coming weeks.
Stories of police successes, warnings about drug hotspots, personal stories of the impact drugs can have from family members, addicts, recovering addicts and convicts will be shared. The authorities have committed to ramp up their efforts to follow up on all information that comes through from this.
It’s time to educate and inform the nation about the drug evil we are facing.
In addition to encouraging citizens to report drug dealing and manufacturing, Drug Watch also aims to give them an opportunity to break the silence on the destruction that drugs have caused in their lives, families and communities.
Furthermore, Drug Watch seeks to connect those in need of help with the relevant organisations to move them towards rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
Drug Watch was first launched in the Western Cape in November 2012 and ran until January 2013 and during this time, 15 919 arrests were made in connection with drugs, and over R10,5 million worth of drugs was seized.
Further to this, the campaign led to an outpouring of grief from citizens whose lives had been wrecked by drugs. Inconceivable stories about young men under the influence of drugs who raped their mothers and grandmothers, horrific stories of rapid descent into a life of crime and destitution from convicted prisoners and heart-breaking stories from mothers who had lost everything through their child’s drug problem, only to eventually lose their child too.
The stories revealed a drug scene that is far from glamorous, fun or an escape from reality. It showed us the dark truth about the impact drugs have on people’s lives and the extent to which drugs are sweeping through our communities. Children as young as nine years old are being co-opted to sell drugs in their schools.
The focus in the Western Cape has since moved to the Mitchells Plain area which has been identified as a major hotspot.
We hope to do the same in Gauteng and identify the major hotspots in our province.
We decided to launch Drug Watch today because the 26th June is also the United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking.”
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Recently we posted a few warnings from ADT. We requested some thoughts from MonitorNet as well, and received the attached most usable information … thanks to operational manager Theo Petzer at firstname.lastname@example.org; website www.monitornet.co.za:
“Criminals out there have got a new ‘modus operandi’ if they want to break into your property. We would like to inform you how they operate in order for you to take the appropriate measures to prevent a burglary into your property.
First of all what they do is to cut the electricity supply to your property. They usually do this by switching off the main electricity supply at the DB box in the street outside. We have had incidents where they have cut the padlock on the box, switch off the electricity and replaced the padlock with their own – thus there is no damage to the doors of the box.
Your alarm system will then send us an ACF (AC Failure) signal which means that your alarm system battery will now kick in to keep your alarm alive and working. You will then receive an ACF notification SMS.
Unfortunately the battery can only supply the system with power for a few hours (depending on how old the battery is). In the meantime the criminals are waiting for your battery to run down before they break in. They might trigger the alarm a few times to see if the system is still active or not.
When your battery reaches a critical low power level, your system will send us an L/B (Low Battery) signal. Because this signal is now also seen as a priority signal our control room will contact you. If you are not at home and not aware of what is going on it is essential that we send out a response vehicle immediately. The B/L signal is usually a sign that your alarm system is about to shut down.
This is what the criminals are waiting for. They know that once the alarm system shuts down they can break in and take their time because no alarm will go off and no signals will be sent when entering your property.
If you receive an ACF notification SMS, and you are not at home, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can send a vehicle to go and investigate and we may just prevent a burglary from taking place.
The steps you can take to discourage criminals from breaking into your property are:
To help someone in need is your own prerogative but just be careful. There are people out there whose sole purpose is to rob you of your valuables.
They will dress and act in such a way to give you the impression that they are homeless and in need of help, but once you stop and open a window they will rob you and possible harm you in the process. Therefore, always be aware of your surroundings and people standing around when stopping at intersections or anywhere for that matter. Make eye contact with the people standing around. This will let them think twice before attacking you because they can then see that you are aware of their presence and ready to act to defend yourself.
Statistics have proven that it is usually people who doesn’t pay attention to their surroundings and who is careless in driving around with valuable items next to them on the seat (in full view) that gets attacked and possible even hijacked. Be cautious and careful. We don’t want to see you become another statistic.”
The above was received from MonitorNet. If something suspicious is noticed (LS1), report it to the JOC at 0861 571 911. Or – get direct; get a radio: It can save precious time in a crisis situation.
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