Horrific M1 Crash Claims One Life

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A woman succumbed to her injuries after a horrific crash on the M1 Highway on Tuesday afternoon.

Vision Tactical and other emergency service officials attended to the crash scene.

Upon arrival they found a woman who sustained serious bodily injuries, paramedics attempted to resuscitate the woman but unfortunately, she was declared dead on scene.

Other patients sustained minor injuries and were transported to various hospitals for further treatment.

Armed Suspect Shot Dead In Hillbrow After Failing To Comply With Police

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An armed male was shot dead in Hillbrow on Monday afternoon after shooting live rounds of ammunition in to the air after a funeral.

South African Police Service (SAPS) officials ordered the man to lay his weapon down on the ground, however he refused and started shooting at the officers on duty.

The man was subsequently shot by police officials and declared dead on scene by attending paramedics.

SAPS and other officials are still on scene to monitor the situation as reports of violent attacks of police started to emerge in the area.


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Three Hijacked Vehicles Recovered by Vision Tactical, JMPD, Tracker SA & Other Units

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Vision Tactical units together with the Bad Boyz Security Group, JMPD, Tracker SA and other units recovered three separate vehicles in different parts of Johannesburg on Monday.

Ford Ranger 3.2 Recovered

In the first incident, three suspects were apprehended in Bez Valley for possession of a sought motor vehicle after a business robbery occurred in Kempton Park on Monday morning.

Units received information that a Ford Ranger 3.2 was reportedly stolen in the robbery.

Upon arrival, response team members found the three suspects at the vehicle and an operational plan was executed which led to the premises being raided.

All three suspects were arrested and are detained at the Jeppe police station.

Hyundai i10 Recovered

In the second incident, A Hyundai i10 was recovered in the heart of Alexandra after it was hijacked in Soweto, the victim was reported to have still been inside the vehicle.

The vehicle was pulled over by officers and the suspect was apprehended on the scene.

A case has been opened at the Alex police station where the suspect has also been detained.

The victim was found safe at the Alex police station.

Honda Accord

In the third incident, a cloned Honda Accord was recovered by Vision Tactical Intervention units, JMPD and Tracker SA. The car was spotted on the N12S and pulled off.

All recovered vehicles were booked at SAPS Pound for safe keeping.


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South Africa’s Bitterly Cold Winter Brings Fire Along With It…

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Emergency personnel have to respond to fires at homes and informal settlements across South Africa.

In the bitterly cold winter weather – the risk of injury from fire significantly increases.

Vision Tactical together with other emergency organisations provide you with tips on how to protect yourself and your home from a possible fire.

In South Africa, a Medical Research Council report estimates that each year 3.2 percent (1 600 000) of the country’s population will suffer from burn injuries, with the vast majority being from poorer communities.

This high incidence is driven by negative impact factors including the influx of people to urban areas, haphazard urban development, overcrowding, inadequate electrification of homes in low-income communities, paraffin and bio-mass fuels used as the primary energy sources, and lack of effective preventative and education programmes.

House Fires as a threat to the Safety of Children

Young children are particularly vulnerable, with death as a result of burn injuries claiming approximately 1 300 young lives each year. This concentration of burn mortality and injury among infants and toddlers occurs more frequently among very young black children below the age of three.

Older children also spend an increasing amount of time with other children, older siblings and adults outside the home. This widening social network exposes them to risks posed by open fires initiated for heating and cooking and managing heating appliances and heated appliances or utensils.”

What can you do to protect yourself and to prevent fires at home?

Accidental fires are just that – an accident. There are however, a number of ways to prevent a fire starting accidentally in your home or business. It starts with having the knowledge of possible causes of fires, and being aware of seemingly harmless objects in your home or business that could ignite and lead to a fire.

Sources of Fire: What are causing these fires?

The most probable sources of a potential fire inside the home could come from any of the following, but is not limited to these few that are mentioned:

Frayed electrical wires on appliances

Burning candles

Heaters/electric blankets

Cigarette/cigar/tobacco pipe embers

Fire places

Gas leaks followed by a spark igniting

Children playing with matches

Burning oil on a stove top

Most of these though would need to be accelerated by another source, for example a roll of toilet tissue near a heater may ignite and start a fire. It is therefore very important to keep the area around any of these potential fire hazards mentioned above clear. Don’t leave any heater/heated appliance or open flame burning while you leave the room.

Synthetic materials are widely used in household furniture. This material is highly flammable and will burn quickly once set alight. Keep open flames or embers away from foam matrasses, stuffed couches, curtains and carpets. These usually also cover a wide surface area and will be the cause of other maybe less flammable objects to catch alight.

Preventing Fire at Home / Do’s and Don’ts

Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to a fire possibly breaking out in your house:

DO buy a small fire extinguisher from a reputable dealer to keep in your home – note the correct way to use it

DO familiarize yourself with emergency numbers in the event of a fire and medical emergency

DO take note of warnings on selected appliances – do not cover heaters

DO check electrical cables regularly for damage

DON’T leave the room where a candle is burning, heater is on, fire in the fire place is still burning fiercely, oil is on heat atop the stove etc.

DON’T pack personal belongings before leaving the house in the event of a fire

DON’T try and put an oil fire in the kitchen out with water

DON’T open a closed door of a room suspected to be on fire.

DON’T enter a room that is on fire

DON’T re-enter the home once you have exited away from the fire

DO stay low to the ground when exiting a smoke filled room. Smoke will rise and staying low will minimise the potential for inhalation injuries.

DO cover your nose and mouth with a (moist) cloth. This also minimises the inhalation of smoke by breathing through a barrier.

DO exit the burning building as soon and as safely as possible.

DO extinguish cigarettes/Cigars and Pipe Tobacco in the appropriate manor

Unfortunately, having a smoke detector and alarm in each room of the house is not common practice in South Africa but it should be encouraged. These somewhat simple devices are inexpensive and are easy to install. Have them checked and make sure that the batteries are kept charged.

A general rule to follow is to stay as far away from an uncontrolled open flame as possible.

How to respond after a fire:

If someone has been burnt follow the above steps and remove any tight clothing and jewellery.

If someone has inhaled smoke, move them to an area with fresh air.

Not everyone has access to uncontaminated water.

Not everyone has access to running water, especially over a 20 min period.

Call the ambulance service and fire department when there has been a fire or someone has been injured.

Despite there being many aspects of fire safety these are a few basic concepts that can help prevent the start and spread of fires, which can not only cause burns but also severe complications from inhaling the smoke produced by fires, which can cause injury can even death.

 

Protecting Yourself Against Hijackings

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Amidst the increase of hijackings in South Africa, it is very important to take note of these crime prevention tips and advice.

When approaching and entering your driveway be extra alert. Switch off the car radio and concentrate on your surroundings.

Remember to stop your vehicle just on the inside of the gate and select reverse whilst waiting for the gate to close. This creates confusion and may buy you a few seconds for the gate to close completely behind you.

Check your driveway and street before you leave or enter your premises.

Make sure your driveway is well lit and clear from shrubbery where perpetrators can hide.

Be aware of vehicles parked close to your address with occupants inside. It might be perpetrators observing the area.

When returning home after dark, ensure that an outside light is on, or have someone meet you at the gate. Check with your armed response company if they are rendering those services.

If at any time you have to open the gate yourself, switch off the vehicle, leave the key in the ignition and close the door. Then open the gate.

Other Situations:

Lock your doors, close your windows and do not have bags or briefcases visible in the vehicle. Use the boot for this. Cell phone should also not be visible.

There are times and days that these items are visible in the vehicle. Try and open the window they might “smash & grab” about 3 cm, so the window can absorb the sudden impact. If you’ve left your stopping distance you may be able to escape.

Be constantly on the lookout for suspicious looking characters or vehicles and do not hesitate to report them to your security company or SAPS.

Night Driving:

If possible, avoid driving in the dark. Hijackers may stage a minor accident, for e.g. If your vehicle is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the individual involved in the situation, indicate he / she must follow you and drive to the nearest Police Station or any busy public area for help.

Never open your vehicle window or door for any stranger. If a suspicious person is near your unoccupied vehicle, do not approach the vehicle. Walk to the nearest public area and ask for assistance.

If you encounter obstacles in the road, e.g. rocks, tires, do not get out of your vehicle to remove them. Reverse and drive away in the opposite direction.

Information You Should Know:

If your vehicle is hijacked or stolen, promptly report it to the SAPS. Make sure you have the vehicle details: model, colour, vehicle identification and registration numbers available to assist with the recovery of the vehicle.

Remember the direction from which they came and fled, as well as the time and place the incident happened.

Remember to make mental and physical notes immediately after the incident to ensure accurate and detailed information for the police’s investigation.

If Confronted:

Do not lose your temper, threaten or challenge the hijacker.

Do not resist, especially if the hijacker has a weapon. Surrender your vehicle and move away. Try to put as much distance between yourself and the hijacker(s) as speedily as possible.

Do not reach for your purse or valuables. Leave everything in the vehicle.

Try to remain calm at all times and do not show signs of aggression.

Gather As Much Information As Possible Without Posing A Threat.

How many people?

How many firearms and description thereof?

What were the perpetrators wearing (clothing)?

To which direction did they drive off?

Take note of the language they use (the accent).


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Green Team Join Forces With A Group of Volunteers To Clean Up M1

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Vision Tactical’s Green Team were joined by a group of volunteers over the past weekend as they cleaned up the 1st Ave off ramp in to Houghton along the M1 North.

According to the group of volunteers, they wanted to experience first-hand what the Green Team encounters on a daily basis.

“The objectives were to clean up the small island of trees just off the 1st Ave, with a view to training and deploying waste management teams drawn from the Disability Sector.”

The Green Team forms part of Vision Tactical’s environmental and humanitarian efforts to give back to the community.

The initiative hopes to make people aware that looking after the environment will ensure that the environment looks after them.

Call the dedicated line on : 065 1 333 333

Web : www.greenteam.co.za

On twitter: @VTacGreenTeam

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Victim Trapped In Storm Water Drain In New Doornfontein, JHB Not Found

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Vision Tactical units along with ER24 responded to an emergency rescue operation in New Doornfontein, south of Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.

JMPD officials and bystanders reportedly heard crying sounds of a baby coming from a storm water drain.

Officials then ascertained that a baby got stuck in the drain along City and Suburban Road.

Emergency services made their way to scene and worked with the Fire Ops officials to rescue the baby.

University of Johannesburg BEMC students were also on scene with extraction equipment.

Unfortunately, after trying to rescue the trapped baby for hours, the mission was called off by officials on scene as they could not locate the victim.


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Simple, Yet Effective Ways to Make Your Home Safer

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What else can you do to make your home safer?

Vision Tactical provides you with tips and advice on making your living space more secure, so that you can keep your possessions (and yourself) safer from the threat of burglary.

  1. EXAMINE YOUR FRONT DOOR FOR POTENTIAL WEAKNESSES –

As your home’s main entrance and exit, your front door is really important. You should have a solid hardwood or steel front door, not a lightweight hollow core door.

  1. USE TIMERS AND TVS TO FOOL BURGLARS INTO THINKING YOUR HOME IS OCCUPIED –

The majority of apartment burglaries occur during the daytime when most people are away at work or school. Burglars also target homes that are dark in the evenings. By setting timers to turn on a TV, radio, and lights, you can fool intruders into thinking your home is occupied when it’s really not.

  1. BE MINDFUL OF WINDOWS AND SLIDING GLASS DOORS –

Because intruders can easily lift some older horizontal sliding windows and sliding glass doors off of their tracks, sliding windows and doors need extra protection.

  1. USE WARNING SIGNS –

Because burglars are looking for the easiest target, they don’t want to risk being mauled by a Doberman. Even if you don’t have a dog, consider putting a “beware of dog” sign in your yard or on your fence. You can even go the extra mile by putting a dog bowl by your side door or installing fake security cameras near your back doors to scare off potential burglars.

  1. LET THERE BE LIGHT –

The outside of your home should be well lit to discourage burglars from targeting your home. Put motion-sensing lights by your entrances and doorways, turn some lights on and off remotely via your phone, or set your exterior lights on a timer.

  1. BE VIGILANT ABOUT VACATIONS –

Vacation is a time to relax, take a break from everyday stresses, and not worry whether your home is safe while you’re away. Intruders look for small signs that someone is away on vacation, such as flyers and ads piled up by your front gate.

And as much as you can, resist the urge to announce and post your vacation photos on Facebook and Instagram. Since most people’s addresses are easy to find online, you don’t want to tempt a potential burglar with the promise of an empty home. You can always wait until after the vacation is over to post your photos.

  1. GET CREATIVE ABOUT HIDING YOUR VALUABLES –

There is no need to advertise how much ‘cool’ stuff you have in your home, unless of course you like advertising how much of a perfect target your home is for a burglary. If a burglar does manage to get inside your home, though, they are going to quickly grab the most valuable stuff they can find and get out. Instead of keeping your valuables in the usual hiding places, consider getting creative.

  1. PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN AND LOOK AROUND –

Awareness and mindfulness of your surroundings is key for keeping yourself and your home safe. The biggest threat to anyone is complacency. To be safe, or at least safer than the next person, you need to be constantly aware of changes in your neighbourhood. Be attentive to new people walking or driving through the area. If you notice that someone is loitering by your building’s entrance or seems to be following you, take notice. If you’re aware of your surroundings, you can more easily spot something that’s awry, like a broken window or a suspicious car.

Political Parties Need To Remove Election Posters With The Same Energy Used To Put It Up

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Vision Tactical’s ‘Green Team’ has made an urgent plea to all political parties to ensure that their election posters are removed across the city in order to prevent a possible litter frenzy.

With thousands of posters still up on light-poles, along bridges and walls across the city, what happens next?

The City of Joburg’s Managers office confirmed to VTac Media that political parties are required to remove posters within 14 days’ (post) elections.

But ‘Green Team’ Co – Founder Yaseen Theba says he hopes political parties have proper plans in place to remove the posters.

“For the sake of restoring an aesthetic appeal to all communities across South Africa I hope that political parties remove the thousands of posters with the SAME energy they used to put it up.”

At the same time, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said they will be overseeing and monitoring the removal of election posters by various political parties.

Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told VTac Media that they are now awaiting further information from the City of Joburg with regards to the process and protocols of the operation.

The Green Team forms part of Vision Tactical’s environmental and humanitarian effort to give back to the community.

The initiative hopes to make people aware that looking after the environment will ensure that the environment looks after them.

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Lessons And Road Safety Tips For New Drivers in South Africa

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In South Africa, we know the pressure we face with driving on major highways – and for new young licensed drivers this can be a daunting first-hand experience.

As experienced drivers, you can play an active and crucial role in a young person’s driving experience. Here are eight road safety tips from Vision Tactical to share with new drivers to encourage them to be better, safer drivers.

  1. Wear your seat belt

Insist that new drivers always wear a safety belt, even for short trips to the shops. According to the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, you’re 10 times more likely to be killed in a road crash if you’re not wearing a seat belt.

Seat belts work because they distribute forces from a crash across the chest and pelvis, some of the strongest parts of the body. So that belt could mean the difference between getting a few bruises versus your body flying into the windscreen.

  1. Put the mobile phone away

Drivers aren’t allowed to use phones at all while driving. The physical, visual and cognitive distraction leads to unsafe driving and increases the odds of a crash. If they need to use the phone, teach them to stop and park where using a mobile phone won’t be a danger to themselves or to other road users.

According to researchers, each time a driver writes and sends a text, his or her eyes are off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, enough time to drive the length of a rugby pitch. Remind new drivers that it’s their job to watch the road when driving, and no one else can do it for him.

  1. Stick to the speed limit

Speeding is the biggest killer of young drivers. Remind your teen that there’s no pressure to keep up with other vehicles in traffic. Keeping to the speed limit will not only reduce the risk of an accident, but also help drivers avoid costly traffic fines that can affect car insurance premiums.

  1. Check your blind spot every time

Side and rear mirrors do a good job of showing what’s happening behind the vehicle. However, they still leave areas big enough for other cars, bikes and people to hide in. That’s why drivers should check their blind spots:

  • Before pulling out from the kerb
  • Before parking or leaving a parked position
  • Before and during a three-point turn
  • Before merging with other traffic
  • Before changing lanes (e.g. when passing or overtaking)
  • Before turning, where you’ve seen another car
  1. Don’t drive in someone else’s blind spot

Drivers should be aware of their own blind spots, but also those of other vehicles too. If they’re driving alongside the right of and slightly behind another car, that other car might not see them there. Drivers should pull alongside or in front of them, or drop back until he can see the face of the other car’s mirrors.

  1. Don’t drink & drive

It’s easy to avoid the subject of alcohol and drugs, but turning a blind eye won’t make the issue go away.

  1. Sleep, then drive

New drivers may be smart enough not to drink and drive, but did you know that driving sleepy can be just as dangerous as driving drunk? Sleepiness impairs a person’s attention, working memory and coordination skills, all crucial for safe driving.

An estimated 15 per cent of crashes are caused by fatigued driving.

  1. Turn on your headlights

While it’s an obvious thing to do at night, having your headlights on during the day can make it easier for other drivers to see you. This can be particularly helpful during times when the sun affects visibility (e.g. driving in the early morning or evening).

Finally, young drivers need to be aware of their surroundings when driving, especially at night and while driving alone.