Vision Tactical S.W.A.T Unit Recovers Stolen Vehicle in Killarney

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Vision Tactical’s S.W.A.T Unit recovered a stolen Hyundai H100 in Killarney on Thursday afternoon.

The vehicle was reportedly stolen in Illovo, north of Johannesburg and was found abandoned in Killarney.

Unfortunately no suspects have been apprehended as yet.

The vehicle has been transported to the impound for safekeeping.

 

 

Vision Tactical’s Green Team Needs Your Help In #KeepingItClean!

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Security Company Vision Tactical’s environmental initiative “the Green Team” engages in cleanup operations around the areas of Houghton, Killarney, Norwood and Rosebank – making it one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in Johannesburg.

Community groups, schools, businesses, and local governments are able to join the team as volunteers and assist the Green Team in carrying out activities that address local environmental issues.

By facilitating local action, the Green Team brings about much needed environmental change.

However, even good initiatives require assistance.

This is where residents can play their part in a much bigger way and become active citizens.

Since the Green Team was formed, over 20 000 bags have been used to collect rubbish around various areas.

Collection Point 1 – Vision Tactical Head office (49 West Street, Houghton)

The Green Team was established in 2019 as a non-profit, non-government apolitical initiative that unites communities with a common focus to protect the environment.

The team’s footprint might be small, but the mandate is to empower people in communities all over Johannesburg to make a difference to their local environment.

The team collates and shares experiences on various social media platforms so that others can be inspired to take action.

Vision Tactical’s Green Team supports any type of activity which raises awareness, improves the local environment or contributes to solving of an environmental problem and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same.

The Green Team initiative has been put into motion as a result of an incredible collaboration with Freeway Toyota, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, ER24, AL’s Hardware among others – and is associated with the Lower Houghton Residents Association and the Killarney Residents Association.

The Green Team – Keeping it clean…

Call the dedicated line on : 065 1 333 333

Web : www.greenteam.co.za

On twitter: @VTacGreenTeam

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How Many More Taxi Related Incidents Before Any Action Is Taken? @ The Minister Of Transport…

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The minibus taxi industry forms the most critical pillar of the South African public transport sector.

Not only is it the most available mode of transport, it is also the most affordable to the public.

The taxi industry plays an important role in the economy, considering that the majority of the population is poor and depend on public transport.

Taxis are often seen as unsafe and violate road rules and recently there have been concerns raised by residents due to the increase of road crashes involving minibus taxis.

According to Arrive Alive, about 150,000 taxis are on our roads, and about three of every 36 people who die on our roads daily are killed in taxi-related incidents.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said South Africans must all work together to cut road deaths.

The minister said passengers must refuse to let drivers overload their vehicles.

“This should be an example to all of us in terms of obeying the law on our roads.”

Vision Tactical secures accident scenes on a daily basis and almost every day the team witnesses either one or more taxis involved in the accident.

 

 

Two Bystanders Injured During Soweto Cash-In-Transit Heist

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Two bystanders were injured when an armed gang opened fire during a cash-in-transit heist in Chris Hani Road, Soweto, yesterday morning.

Police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe told News24 that the bystanders were accosted by a group of men who began shooting randomly.

“Unfortunately, two innocent bystanders were shot and injured. They were treated at the scene and taken to a nearby hospital.”

ER24 spokesperson Russell Meiring said in a statement that it arrived on scene to find a 42-year-old man, lying on the pavement next to a taxi.

“Medics assessed the man and found that he had sustained a gunshot wound to his upper leg, leaving him in a serious condition.”

The man received treatment on the scene and was transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

Police are investigating a case of armed robbery following the incident, which occurred near the Bara taxi rank as security guards were loading cash into an ATM.

The culprits left the scene with an undisclosed amount of money, Mathe added.

(News 24)

Driving Home The Message Of Road Safety This Holiday Season

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With schools finished and closed for this quarter and some people off work, the holiday season is officially here and people are embarking on road trips to different parts of the country.

While everyone will be eager to get to various holiday destinations, the focus needs to be on getting there safely so that we can enjoy making unforgettable memories.

By taking safety precautions on the road, motorists can reduce risks and take care of ourselves and loved ones.

Check your car

Get the car serviced with a safety check before your trip so that you know everything is in order, ensuring that all the tyres (including the spare tyre) are in good condition. Additionally, check the wipers, engine reliability and suspension, and avoid overloading the vehicle as this can impact on your ability to control the car on the road.

Speeding

While speed may decrease the amount of time spent on the road, it is not worth the risk. According to the WHO, an increase in average speed is directly related both to the likelihood of a crash occurring and to the severity of the consequences of the crash.

Tolerance

It’s a long journey. You’re tired. These are all ingredients for losing your cool. Plan ahead mentally to be tolerant of slow or rude drivers.

Expect the unexpected

Other drivers are going to take unnecessary risks. Take extra care and be vigilant on blind rises in case an oncoming car is carelessly overtaking at this point in the road. Assume that drivers may not stop at red robots, obey stop signs and give your car space where lane merge.

Avoid distracted driving

Focusing 100% on the road is vital to decrease the risk of a crash. Distractions include eating, talking, adjusting the radio or looking at the navigation system. However, according to the WHO, drivers using mobile phones are approximately four times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers without a cell phone.

Usage impacts on a driver’s reaction time to breaking and responding to traffic signals. It exacerbates veering out of your lane and take focus off the correct following distances. Ironically hands-free phones are not much safer than their hand-held counterparts.

Think safety first

Increase your vehicle’s visibility by keeping the headlights on when travelling during the day.

Keep the 3- to 4-second rule for following distance in good weather conditions. However, add an additional second where conditions hamper visibility such as rain, fog, after sunset or if you are behind a truck or motorcycle.

While the holiday season is a time of much joy, it is also a time where accidents are intensified due to the amount of traffic on the road.

By increasing awareness and committing to safe, proactive driving practices, every motorist can make a difference.

Keep Your Vehicle In Check To Ensure Your Safety While Driving In Winter

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Temperatures are dropping across South Africa, signaling that winter has arrived. While most people will ensure they are protected from the cold, they forget about their vehicles. These valuable assets also need some care against the elements at this time of year so that you can reach your destintion safely.

A few tips to consider to keep you safe while driving during the bitterly cold winter months in South Africa:

Batteries

Car batteries tend to give more problems during winter because of the increased amps are drawn by the starter to crank a cold engine. The last thing you want on a frosty winter’s day is to be stuck with a flat battery!

Here are a few winter checks to ensure your car battery is in good working condition.

Check the water (electrolyte) level to make sure it’s not too low (it must cover the fluid plates). If necessary, top it up with distilled water. Avoid overfilling and clean any spillage.

Keep your car battery clean by wiping the terminals with warm (not hot) soapy water and remove any acid or dirt build-up, which could cause the battery to self-discharge quicker.

Alternator belts. Check the belts for fraying or cracking. A loose alternator belt is a common cause of battery failure.

Tyres

Always ensure your tyres are in a good condition, and not worn down. Worn tyres are extremely dangerous in all conditions, but this danger can be multiplied in wet, snowy, and icy weather. Check that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, as this will ensure optimal road holding and tyre life.

It is always a good idea to maintain your vehicle’s tyres, not only because the law requires it and you may face stiff penalties if you are stopped and your tyres are found to be unroadworthy, but also to keep you and your passengers safe on the road.

Remember your lights

As the days get shorter, and the nights get longer, many motorists on their work commute drive in darkness. You need to ensure that your car’s headlights are working properly and that you always switch the headlights off when you reach your destination.

Windscreens and wipers

If your car is parked outside overnight, you may have a layer of frost on the windscreen when it gets really cold. Don’t use warm water to clean this layer, as your windscreen may crack.

Avoid using the windscreen sprayers when driving in cold conditions as the water from the reservoir will freeze onto the windscreen, and the wipers will not be able to clear the ice.

Importantly, check the condition of your wiper blades and replace them if needed, and avoid cleaning mud and soil from the windscreen with the wipers as these can scratch the glass.

TIP: If possible, park your car undercover at night to ensure your windscreen remains clear the next morning.

By keeping your battery, tyres, windscreen and wipers in working condition, you and your car should have no worries travelling together this winter, ensuring your safety on the roads!

Important Tips To Help You Avoid Being A Smash And Grab Victim In SA

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Smash and grabs are a crime of opportunity, not often planned to a great degree of detail.

In recent months, motorists across Johannesburg have seen a spike in smash and grab incidents, making vulnerable motorists drive in fear, especially during peak hours.

The kind of criminal that fits this demographic is looking for low-risk, rapid returns.

Due to the nature of the criminals and the low returns involved, the same trends that were executed in smash and grabs 10 years ago are still being seen today.

The following components remain a virtual constant:

Time of day – mostly early morning or later evening and/or when traffic is at its busiest.

Busy intersections or choke points (where other people cannot react quickly or follow easily).

One or very few criminals, working together.

Here’s a few tips to help you avoid a smash and grab incident:

Physical barriers

Anything that makes the physical task of breaking the window harder or less possible (such as smash and grab “films” for windows).

Tint your windows dark – if a criminal cannot see items, he cannot target items.

Keep windows closed. An open window is an invitation – where personal items are visible.

Put everything you don’t need for driving away (under the seat, in the boot, etc).

Intellectual barriers

People should think about things like smash-and-grab incidents. This is the best way to prevent it – awareness.

Think about your route – play a “game” and see where you would be able to commit a smash and grab. Then plan to be more vigilant at those spots.

Do not allow yourself to be trapped by the “nothing has ever happened” or “it’s only a short trip” mentalities – crime happens all the time, everywhere.

Personal barriers

When an unsavoury character approaches, the fact that you see him that way should be a warning already.

Look at the movement of pedestrians. If a pedestrian seems to be moving in a pattern (direction, gait, posture, etc) that is not the same as others around him, become alert.

Many people tend to do the “dead stare” when someone comes to their window to ask for money or to sell items. Pretending not to see them is the best way to be distracted.

We all know that the more you act like you’re not looking at someone, the more you are focused on them, in any event. This is when you are at your most vulnerable.

When someone approached you and wants to offer or beg, look directly at them, bring up your hand, palm facing them, and physically say “no, thank you” and then immediately look around at your environment.

If they persist, keep looking around and keep repeating “No”. Press your hooter, if you feel harassed. This is the best way to deter would-be criminals.

Tactical barriers

If you are alone, never park so close to the vehicle in front of you that you have no space to escape or move if you need to.

A good idea is to park in such a position so as to be able to see the bottom of the wheels of the vehicle in front of you. This will place you in a position to have at least some room to move, should anything happen.

If you are traveling alone, keep something like pepper spray close and handy.

If you expect it, you can detect an approach early enough to prevent being a total victim.

If we know how smash-and-grab incidents happen, we should be able to predict, detect, or prevent it.

Be safe!

Johannesburg CBD Volatile After Cops Seize Counterfeit Goods

Police were pelted with rocks and other objects after a raid to seize counterfeit goods in the Johannesburg inner city on Sunday.

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said officers from the SA Police Service (SAPS) and Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) and brand owners were confiscating counterfeit goods at the Madiba Building on corner Jeppe and Von Wielligh streets when they were attacked.

Peters said police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd that grew “rapidly” in number.

“While no law enforcement members sustained injuries‚ an unconfirmed number of police vehicles were damaged and barriers set alight.

“Police will remain on the scene to ensure that no further violence erupts.”

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela condemned the incident.

“We cannot allow such lawlessness to go unpunished.”

Vision Tactical units remain on high alert following a volatile few days in the inner city center, all intervention units are mobile and standing off across the city to assist police officials.

– SowetanLive

Accident Scene Safety For Motorists

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An accident scene can be a hectic place with a lot of things going on at once. Accident scenes are often chaotic and difficult to secure with so many people coming and going.

If you find yourself in a collision, there are certain procedures you should follow to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers, such as:

  • Immediately stopping to assess the extent of damage and possible injury to passengers
  • Reporting the incident to the police within 24 hours and obtaining a reference number
  • Contact your insurance company if applicable
  • Taking down as many details as possible, including: Names, identity numbers, addresses, contact details, registration numbers, vehicle and accident descriptions, tow truck details

Do not, under any circumstances do the following, as it may compromise the accident scene:

  • Do not interfere with evidence
  • Do not take any narcotics or alcohol after the accident
  • Do not admit liability
  • Do not sign any documents presented to you

An accident scene is a driver distraction. Many accidents occur next to accidents scenes where motorists are not attentive to the road ahead and only focused on the emergency activities at the scene.

The following advice is provided to motorists driving near accident scenes:

  • Slow down when you see an accident scene – and if necessary –Stop!
  • Look for changes in the traffic pattern around the accident
  • Look for personnel directing traffic
  • Stop when directed to stop and do so immediately. Do not keep coasting slowly.
  • Proceed through the scene slowly when directed to do so
  • Look for signs indicating what you should do
  • Watch out for emergency services personnel walking around the scene
  • Watch out for emergency vehicles arriving and departing the scene
  • Do not stare at the accident scene or flashing lights while your vehicle is in motion
  • Do not honk your horn. Rest assured, it will not get you through any faster!
  • Do not make sudden movements
  • Do not assume anything. Do only as directed by the police or officials directing traffic
  • Do not disregard the directions of the person directing traffic

 

Vision Tactical Weekend Round – Up

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Over the past weekend, Vision Tactical units were deployed in various areas to ensure the safety and security of all.

With the recent spike of street crime incidents in the North of Johannesburg, Vision Tactical units strategically set out to clamp down on suspected criminals operating in the area of Killarney and surrounds.

On Friday, Vision Tactical units were called to assist ER24 Paramedics responding to an emergency situation in Alexandra, following intense protest action in the area after close to eighty – illegal homes were destroyed by the Red Ants.

Vision Tactical intervention and tracking units assisted Tracker SA in apprehending 8 suspects linked to hijackings and being in possession of illegal firearms on Saturday night.