Fidelity ADT warns about an increase in courier vans being targeted in the West Rand.
On 9 February at approximately 09:30am, a courier van was delivering parcels in Helderkruin. While sitting in the car waiting for his crew to make the delivery he noticed two suspicious vehicles, a white Mercedez Benz and Black Audi. The suspects blocked the courier vehicle in. Four suspects climbed out of the vehicles and held up the crew at gunpoint. 38 parcels were off loaded and packed into the suspects vehicles. Suspects fled the scene.
Wayne Lamprecht, Fidelity ADT community development Manager says, “Unfortunately we have seen an increase in Courier vans being targeted in the West Rand areas. Criminals are using this increased traffic to target these vehicles. Criminals are after the goods being delivered so please protect yourselves,” he says.
“It is important to be vigilant when accepting deliveries. If you are expecting deliveries please be aware of your surroundings, limit the amount of cash you carry – make sure you have the correct amount on you. Don’t wear expense jewellery and leave your cell phone in the house. We are urging all residents to be careful when receiving goods.”
He offered the following additional safety tips:
- Do not open the gate, rather sign for your goods through the gate and be absolutely sure there is no around before opening your gate to retrieve your goods.
- It is advisable to install a second security measure such as a security gate with an intercom at the front door. This gives you a second level of defense and possible a few minutes more to press the panic button if need be.
- For your safety and the safety of the driver make sure the area is well lit at night. Carry a torch with you for extra visibility.
- Lastly remember the social distancing rules and always wear a mask
- Make sure your children are inside when you accept a delivery for their own safety.
Panic buttons are key, he adds, saying that residents should have easy access to a button if a crisis arises. “It’s no use if panic buttons are put in a cupboard somewhere and forgotten about. They need to be easily accessible and we recommend that you have them in a pocket or hanging around your neck for quick access. Panic buttons should also be checked regularly to ensure they are in good working condition,” concludes Lamprecht.