Premises that are guarded it is advised for the guard to be given a panic button to press in such events, and not to leave doors unlocked because there is a physical presence . Guards are not allowed to be armed in Zimbabwe so usually only has a baton as a weapon. It seems now that most of the gangs are armed with a firearm, therefore its not an easy job for the guards. The presence of the guards is usually a very good deterrent and not to be scorned, as they have saved many a theft from occurring.
When driving through gates and into complexes, be alert and aware of your surroundings. Case of people being held up at gunpoint before even getting out of their vehicle. There being no sign of brake and entry, therefore either slipping in unnoticed when gate was opened or jumping the wall ….. be on your guard. It is advised not to carry large sums of money or have it in your home, this may have been a tip off or surveillance of traffic in and out of the premises. Often information is given without any intent of malice, so try and avoid this from happening.
Do not leave anything in sight when parking in public areas …… reports of windows smashed and entry gained and items removed as we say …‘Out of sight out of mind’ …..
It’s not safe even if there are guarded parking, keep all valuables etc in the boot if you need to leave anything in your vehicle.
Areas reported are Strathaven, Highlands, Newlands, Greendale Mount Pleasant, Belgravia, Milton Park, Bluff Hill, Ridgeview and CBD
Let’s ALL fight this crime together - stay ALERT and SAFE !