In light of the horrific attack on the 15-year-old girl who was shot seven times last night, 7 November, as well as other recent serious attacks, Drift Reaction had no choice but to call for a ‘Red alert’ in the Muldersdrift area.
This means that security companies request that the community go into lock-down as soon as it gets dark and to make sure that every possible security measure is taken to safeguard themselves.
Make sure your outside lights facing away from the house are on. Don’t go outside to check. Don’t look through windows. Don’t go outside after dark. Close all windows and doors, and lock security gates.
The affected areas are: Driefontein, Van Wyksrestante, Steynsvlei and Nooitgedacht
The following incidents took place between 6 October and 7 November:
1. 6 October – Copperhouse Road: A resident was shot in his foot by three armed suspects who robbed two cottages situated next to each other.
2. 7 October – Old Pretoria Road: Three armed suspects committed a robbery at a compound. No injuries were reported.
3. 14 October – Winsome Valley Road: Armed house robbery where victims were assaulted by three armed suspects.
4. 21 October – Pinehaven Border in Van Wyksrestante: Eight armed suspects assaulted a security guard.
5. 1 November – Van Wyksrestante: Two armed suspects assaulted a resident and took his firearm.
6. 2 November – Driefontein: Two armed suspects hit staff quarters and severely assaulted a female. They also fired shots through doors, hitting one man in his chest.
7. 4 November– College Road, Rietfontein: Three armed suspects fired shots through windows.
8. 6 November– Van Wyksrestante: Three armed suspects hit staff quarters, and fired shots, one of which hit a man in his chest. Cartridges from a 9mm short pistol were recovered from the scene.
9. 6 November – Steynsvlei Border in Van Wyksrestante: Two armed suspects fired shots at a reaction unit and then fled. The unit recovered a .38 revolver.
10. 7 November– Villa Road, Driefontein: Four armed suspects fired nine shots, seven of which hit a 15-year old girl. A .38 revolver was stolen from the victim’s parents’ safe.
Here are some ways to increase your home security:
• If you don’t have one already, install a home security system with alarm monitoring and armed reaction.
• Install security gates on all exterior doors and fit burglar bars on all windows, especially those that can open.
• Remember criminals can lift sliding doors off their rails, so consider installing hinge bolts or have security gates to cover these areas as well.
• Always have a panic button close by.
It’s not just security systems that can save your lives. Here are some tips on changing your lifestyle to ensure your safety.
• Report strange vehicles or suspicious activity in your neighbourhood to your security company and police.
• Never leave a key in an exterior door with glass panels or glass close to it.
• In the evening when you are home relaxing, ensure your security system is activated and doors are secured with a security gate.
• Try not to keep large amounts of cash at home and keep firearms locked away in a safe.
• Keep your garden well lit and cut back your trees and shrubs to eliminate any possible hiding places.
• Ensure that your house number or address is clearly visible on the outside of your premises. This makes it easier for emergency personnel to find you.
• Be cautious when leaving or approaching your property in the dark.
• Store emergency contact numbers on your cellphone or make a note of them next to the telephone or on the fridge.
• Windows should be secured or closed at night even if you live above the ground floor, and curtains should be closed.
• Do not leave garden tools or items out when not in use. These could be used to gain access to your property.
• If you come home to an open door or any other sign of forced entry, don’t go in. Contact your security company and local police and wait for them to arrive.
• If you are the victim of an armed robbery, remember not to react aggressively.
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