Festive Season Security
In the rush to plan holidays and a good social we normally forget about basic security precautions. As we usually see an upturn in crime over the next month here are a few basic tips for the Christmas season.
- Advise us if you are going away/closing down, and ensure that you supply us with details of your key holders to contact in emergency, and who is staying on the property.
- Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your home if you do not have a guard, and give them our 24 hour numbers. If you need a guard then book as soon as you can.
- Ask your neighbour or a friend to collect your post.
- Make sure your alarm system is working properly well before departure.
- Make sure you have good battery backup to prevent the alarm dying in a power cut. (If your alarm activates when ZESA goes off and on this is a sign of a POOR battery )
- Remove valuables from sight if you can (laptops, phones decoders etc.)
- If you have a house sitter make sure they know how to use the alarm properly.
- Lock up early if you are at home and activate the alarm.
- Keep gates closed and locked .Deny entry unless you are sure of identity and purpose of visit
- Make use of alarm systems during the day if you are going out and double check that you have locked up securely before leaving home
- Never leave keys on the inside of glass doors
- Make sure your external lights are working, preferably on a timer
- Do not leave tools like shovels and ladders outside- they can be used to gain entry or as weapons!
- Avoid holding large sums of cash either at home or when travelling .With the current banking problems I am sure there will be a temptation to draw more cash than necessary.
- Park in well-lit and preferably guarded areas. Do not leave valuables on display. Car park theft is on the rise so be especially aware when parking, locking up, and on return from your shopping.
- Test your Cell Phone Panic and make sure you are registered with the Response Centre before you go away. You can then call for assistance anywhere in the country with cell coverage.
We have staff on call in each centre, and a duty Director, 24 hours a day. If you run into difficulty, or just need advice, please call. If you feel we are NOT giving you the service you need please do not hesitate to call me on the number below.
Finally, thank you for your support and feedback throughout the year, travel safely, and have a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year.
Thank you for using Safeguard
0772 422 679
BREAK IN REPORT NOVEMBER 2013
In a previous report we highlighted the importance of making sure that access from the roof to the alarm system is denied There are an increasing number of break ins to commercial premises through the roof, in search of the alarm system transmitter. Make sure your transmitter is NOT in the roof, or accessible from the roof .
On 01/11/13 at 0350rs in Workington, intruders cut electric fence and jumped over the durawall and entered the yard, the guard manning the premises saw them and pressed his panic button, the alarm triggered and they ran away empty handed. Property has electric fence, durawall, electric gate and burglar bars.
On 02/11/13 at 1300hrs in Town, intruders broke a toilet window and cut burglar bars. They entered the building and stole various items and went away, the alarm did not trigger because it was not armed. Property has burglar bars.
On 06/11/13 at 0520hrs in Mt Pleasant Heights, intruders went into a potato field and started uprooting the potatoes, a guard manning the premises saw them and pressed his panic button, the alarm triggered and they ran away leaving the potatoes behind. Property has a stand-alone panic system
On 06/11/13 at 1232hrs in Southerton, intruders cut razor wire and jumped over durawall and entered the yard, broke open one door, entered and stole various items and left, the alarm did not trigger because it was faulty. Property has durawall, burglar bars and razor wire.
On 06/11/13 at 1324hrs in Mabelreign, intruders cut electric fence and jumped over durawall and entered the yard. As they were approaching the house, the outside sensors picked them, the alarm triggered and they ran away empty handed. Property has durawall, electric fence, electric gate and burglar bars.
On 06/11/13 at 1650hrs in Emerald Hill, intruders armed with a pistol entered the yard though a small gate which was not locked. They entered the house, tied everyone with strings, took various items and went away. The alarm did not trigger as it was not armed. Property has burglar bars, electric gate and durawall.
On 07/11/13 at 0240hrs in Mt Pleasant, intruders jumped over the durawall and entered the yard, stole a gate motor and went away. The alarm did not trigger because the area was not protected by outside sensors. Property has a durawall, electric gate and burglar bars.
On 11/11/13 at 1628hrs in Greendale, intruders jumped over the durawall and entered the yard, stole a gate motor and went away. The alarm did not trigger because the area was not protected by outside sensors. Property has a durawall, electric gate and burglar bars.
On12/11/13 at 0239hrs in Northwood, intruders jumped over the durawall and entered the yard, tempered with the gate motor, alarm triggered and they ran away empty handed. Property has a durawall, electric gate and burglar bars.
On 15/11/13 at 0345hrs in Southerton, intruders cut razor wire and jumped over the durawall and entered the yard. They damaged the screen door and broke two locks on the main door, the alarm triggered and they ran away empty handed. Property has burglar bars, screen doors, razor wire and a durawall.
On 16/11/13 at 0453hrs in Greendale, intruders jumped over the durawall and entered the yard, they stole the electric gate motor, the client saw them and pressed his panic button, the alarm triggered and they ran away dropping the stolen items by the durawall. Property has durawall, electric gate and burglar bars.
On 26/11/13 at 0349hrs in Highlands, intruders forced open a pedestrian gate and entered the yard, tried to temper with gate motor but failed, the alarm triggered and ran away empty handed. Property has burglar bars, durawall and electric gate.
On 28/11/13 at 1340hrs in Northwood, intruders jumped over the durawall and entered the yard, they fished out a bag through an unlocked bedroom door and went away. The alarm did not trigger as because it was not armed. Property has a durawall, electric gate and burglar bars.
On 29/11/13 at 0229hrs in Greendale, intruders jumped over durawall and entered the yard, they stole the electric gate motor and went away. The alarm did not trigger because the area was not protected by outside sensors. Property has durawall, electric gate and burglar bars.
MIDLANDS AREA (GWERU, MASVINGO, AND KWEKWE)
On the 3rd of November 2013, we received a report from a supermarket to the effect that there was a break in and theft of cash from their safe in the shop. Investigations carried out indicated that the intruders gained access into the shop through the roof, broke through the ceiling, and landed along the wall. They cut the transmitter before proceeding to the cash office where they stole cash. The intruders blew the cash safe with dynamite. Our control centre did not receive any signal. Premises are protected by an alarm system.
On the 16th of November 2013, we received a report from a school at 1230hrs to the effect that there was a break in and theft of various items at a girls hostel. Incident was discovered at 0900hrs. Investigations carried out indicated that students had left a window open. It is believed that the intruders could have used the window to gain access into the room to steal the items.
On the 20th of November 2013, a shop lifter entered a clothing shop at around 2000hrs and stole cash. Realizing that he had been spotted by a staff member he bolted out of the shop. Our guard who mans the shop and an employee pursued whistling and shouting after him. The shop lifter was finally arrested with the help of members of the public at Midlands Hotel. Client had left the cash box in an open place under the sale counter. Client has since been advised to ensure that their money is not left in the open and was further advised to consider putting iron bars screen to protect their cashier. Premises are protected by a 12hr night guard responsible for checking receipts at the door and general surveillance of the shop.
On 4th November 2013 in the CBD, intruders broke and made three holes on the roof presumably in search of the radio link which they failed to locate. We suspect the intruders abandoned they act due to fear of being detected by activating the alarm. Nothing was stolen and no activation received as the intruder did not gain entry.
On 4th November 2013 in Belmont, intruders broke a wooden door from the workshop in to the main offices and vandalised the alarm control panel and disconnected the radio link. The intruder used a grinder to destroy the locking device of a safe in the cash office. A large sum of money was stolen and offices ransacked.
On the 11th November 2013 in Belmont, intruders made a hole on the roof and ceiling of the premises directly above the Radio Link which they disabled and removed. They also managed to vandalize the control panel, we believe the intruders after ensuring that the sensor in one of the offices would not pick them up broke a window and gained entry located a safe which they opened using grinders. Some cash was stolen; we discovered that most offices had been thoroughly searched.
On the 12th November 2013 in the CBD, we received an afterhours opening and dispatched our reaction team which arrived at premises in 3 minutes. They found a trusted employee and keyholder on site who advised them that he was waiting for a delivery. The client was called and was shocked to hear that one of his trusted employees was awaiting delivery. Reaction was then reassigned by the client to go and arrest the employee but found him gone and a door near the sanitary lane open.
Several goods were stacked near the door indicating that they were about to be stolen and taken out of the premises. The client acknowledges that he had utmost faith in his employee who he housed near the premises and entrusted him with the keys.
On the 23rd November 2013 in Thorngrove, intruder(s) broke a grill of an outside window of the kiosk area but failed to gain entry and there after broke a zinc metal sheet which is part of the roof of the kiosk and the ceiling immediately below to gain entry. They were detected by the alarm sensor and the alarm rang frightening them away.
On the 20th of November 2013 at 2337 in the CBD area intruders smashed open display window with intention of stealing a laptop on display. The shop alarm went off and intruders run away empty handed. Reaction crew attended as well as police .The reaction crew & police teamed up and arrested the intruders.
On the 16 November 2013, 1420hours in the Avenues area, unknown intruders smashed open window of French main door of a building and were disturbed by an approaching guard and fled before taking anything. Police attended.
On 6th of November 2013 at 2126 hours in the Murambi area, intruders jumped over the durawall, proceeded to the building were they blocked a water pipe supply to the house. The Key holder with the intention of bathing went to the bath room and water could not come out prompting him to open the window to investigate. Whilst trying to find the problem he was hit by an iron bar on the shoulder. The key holder was frog marched to the safe and intruders took $10 000.00 before disappearing by the cover of the night. The key holder then pressed panic baton and reaction crew and police attended but the intruders had already got away.
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Safeguard Break In Report November 2013