Fire Ravages Property In Houghton, Leaves Two Injured

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A fire ravaged parts of a property on 11th Ave, Houghton Estate late on Thursday night.

Circumstances surrounding the blaze remain unclear.

Vision Tactical Units and other emergency services responded to the scene immediately, where they secured the area and ensured that all occupants in the property were brought to safety.

Upon assessment, two patients were found to have suffered from smoke inhalation and we’re transported by paramedics on scene to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

Vision Tactical Units and Tracker SA Recover Two Vehicles In Alexandra, Gauteng

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In a joint operation on Wednesday morning, Vision Tactical units together with Tracker SA recovered two stolen vehicles in the notorious informal settlement of Alexandra, Gauteng.

In the first operation, Vision Tactical units and Tracker SA recovered a hijacked Isuzu bakkie that was reported stolen in the North West province.

Following the first successful recovery, Vision Tactical proceeded to a different location where units recovered a Hyundai i20 which was reported stolen Alexandra.

Both vehicles have been taken to the police pound for safekeeping.

No suspects were apprehended in the operation.


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Security Tips for Businesses At Closing Time & Month End

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In South Africa or anywhere in the world, you or your employees can fall into a routine as you shut down your business at the end of every day. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re taking all of the precautions you can to help prevent crime especially during month end.

Theft may seem like only a distant possibility, but organized retail crime is on the rise in the country.

Here are some tips from Vision Tactical on how to help keep your business safe when you lock up:

Make Sure All Customers Have Left The Premises

It might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s very important to check that no customers are still inside the building before you close up. You or your employees should check back rooms, stockrooms, and change rooms to ensure no one is left with access to your property after the doors have been locked.

Turn Off Equipment

Before leaving, make sure that you or an employee have done a walkthrough of the business and checked off all items that need to be powered off overnight. This list will include different items depending on your business.

Store Flammables And Combustibles In Secure Locations

In a further attempt to stop any fires, make sure that any flammables or combustibles have been moved away from heating appliances in property storage containers. These containers should also be labelled clearly.

Lock Away Cash Register And Other Valuables

Follow a detailed procedure when handling cash at the end of the night. Some tips for how to handle your cash register and other valuables include taking a different route each time when making nightly deposits, leaving an empty and unlocked cash register, and not leaving cash or valuables in rooms that are accessible by windows or external doors.

Secure All Equipment And Stock

Before leaving for the night, it’s a good idea to move any excess stock to a locked or secure spot in the store.

Turn On Your Security System

And last but not least, you need to ensure your security system is turned on before leaving the premises. Your security system could take a number of forms, as options range from silent alarms to video surveillance.

Vision Tactical prides itself in offering our valued and potential clients a professional and hands on security solution for their businesses.

Contact our office on 084 222 2222 or email info@visiontactical.co.za for more information.

 

Reckless Taxi Driver Disregards Rules of the Road – Leaves All Passengers Injured

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On Thursday morning, a fully loaded taxi drove head on in to a tree along West Street in Houghton endangering the lives of the passengers on board and other drivers on the road.

It’s understood that the taxi driver was trying to overtake a vehicle and as he moved in to the oncoming traffic lane a vehicle started to approach around the bend.

The driver then tried to avoid the vehicle and hit a tree head on at full speed, causing serious injuries to almost all of his passengers including a baby who was found shoved underneath a seat.

Various emergency service officials attended to the scene, assessed and treated patients for their injuries and transported them to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

The Johannesburg Emergency Services Fire Department were also called to the scene to remove a passenger with the Jaws of Life.

Clampdown

Back in February this year, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) operations officers arrested a taxi driver for driving into oncoming traffic on Kelvin Drive and Stiglingh Road in Morningside.

JMPD Chief David Tembe said Twitter that the driver will be charged with reckless and negligent driving.

It however seems that fines and charges are not deterring taxi drivers from driving recklessly, while also being an intimidating force on the roads towards fellow motorists, they drive as if the road belongs to them…

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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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