Security expert profiles a suspects’ behaviour to be noted

Security expert Brad Larsen analyses a typical suspect. Photo: File.


As the scourge of house robberies continues to persist in many parts of Roodepoort, a security expert, Brad Larsen, dived deep into profiling a suspect and providing insight on how he might go about targeting a property or business.

Gone are the days when perpetrators could be spotted from a distance because they were wearing dirty and suspicious clothes, the BCI Security professional explained. Nowadays robbers vary in age, wear very neat clothes and drive expensive cars most of the times.

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In an exclusive interview with Northsider, Larsen, who recently conducted an awareness workshop along with BCI Security for domestics in the Little Falls and Strubens Valley area, discussed how important it is to be aware of what a threat or enemy looks like, and how he can hide among civilians while planning where he will target his activities next.

Larsen highlighted how long it takes for robbers to survey a house and gain information. “Robbers spend up to 30 minutes surveying a house to gain information,” he said.

He also explained how most robbers passively received inside information from domestic workers or other insiders.

“Seventy-seven per cent of robbers that were profiled got their information from domestic workers or from informers that weren’t necessarily hostile, but passed on the information passively,” he said, urging homeowners to educate their domestics about keeping information to themselves and reporting suspicious activities.

Larsen also encouraged the disruption of surveillance by a suspicious person or vehicle. “If you suspect that someone you see is surveying your property and you leave them alone, you’ve allowed that person to carry on his surveillance,” he explained.

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He went on to say that approaching the suspicious person or vehicle and asking them, “Are you lost?” could actually prevent a crime that could have taken place at a later stage.

He also advised motorists to be always wary of four men in travelling in one vehicle, saying that they are more likely to be up to no good.

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