This is typically the season in which we see an increase in home and driveway robberies (theft with the threat of violence). A contributing factor is shopping for the festive season draws criminals to shopping centres to monitor your shopping activities.
These types of crimes are difficult to combat as in most cases criminals use vehicles which are legitimate so as not to raise suspicions. In a recent arrest, an Uber driver together with two accomplices were arrested for an armed robbery. Thanks to our extensive CCTV camera coverage, we were able to identify the vehicle used which enabled the police to arrest all three criminals.
In the vast majority of house robberies, the target is monitored closely in order to establish patterns prior to the robbery actually taking place. Criminals have scouts at shopping centres who are on the look-out for shoppers wearing expensive jewellery and whether purchases are made at jewellery stores.
In some cases, they have contacts who, using your licence plate information, provide gang members with your address who wait for you at home so as to prevent being detected following you home.
A very worrying fact is that in over 80% of attacks, inside information has been provided by an inside source. This is hard to believe but research conducted by Rudolf Zinn and reported in his book "Home invasion - Robbers disclose what you should know", provided very interesting information on a number of important facts.
Most of the current attacks are taking place during daylight but after hours' attacks do occur. It would appear that the attackers favour times when your alarm system is disarmed.
Making their getaway
Robbers favour high value items such as flat screen TV's, laptops, cellular telephones, Hi-Fi equipment, jewellery, cash and firearms. The volume of goods is limited by their getaway means. Clothing and bulky items are last on their list.
In the majority of cases, the robbers have their own getaway vehicle. In some cases, the robbers will take a vehicle from the premises.Demands made on victims
Victims report being forced to lie on the ground and not look at the attackers.
Threats of violence are used in order to get victims to comply with their demands for information. These threats are carried out when victims fail to adhere promptly to their demands.
Information is sought from victims regarding the whereabouts of cash, valuable and keys for the safe.Prevention is better than cure
There are many homes which are criminal friendly which increases the risk of being targeted by house robbers. Detailed hereunder are some important tips of making your home less criminal friendly.
Make use of the meet and greet service when in any doubt or when you feel unsure.
Your home entrance should be clear of any foliage that would make it possible for criminals to hide.
The entrance to your home should be well illuminated.
Your gate design should not allow for the gear rail to be accessed from outside the property.
Anti-lift brackets are required to prevent the gate from being lifted off the rail.
Ensure you have a gate guardian installed to warn you and us of any unauthorised access to you home.
Ensure that your alarm system is armed at night.
Conduct a police clearance on all staff employed on your property. In addition, ensure that you have a copy of all staff's identity documents and a recent photo. These should be stored off site.What should I watch out for?