Joint Crime Prevention Op’s Ensure Criminal Elements Are Rooted Out

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Vision Tactical Mobile Command, Intervention and Tracking Units together with the South African Police Services Mounted Units, Gauteng Traffic Police’s Saturation Unit and Tracker Connect conducted a joint crime prevention operation in Johannesburg on Wednesday in Turffontein, La Rochelle, Rossetenville, Haddon and surrounding areas.

Concern has been raised with regards to crimes involving fire-arms which have significantly increased the level of violence associated with crime, thereby increasing physical and psychological costs of crime to society.

VTAC Tracking and Intervention Units also recovered an abandoned Toyota Hilux in the Johannesburg CBD by Vision Tactical’s together with SAPS highway patrol and Tracker Connect.

 

Purchasing Stolen Goods Motivate Criminals to Repeat Their Actions

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Private Security company Vision Tactical have issued a stern warning to the public to refrain from buying stolen goods on the illegal market.

This comes after a dramatic increase in jewelry heists, theft and robbery incidents across the country, especially in Johannesburg.

Director Yaseen Theba has made an appeal, urging the public NOT to buy stolen goods and says this will ultimately lead to the shut-down of the illegal market.

“Purchasing goods obtained in this illegal manner motivates criminals to repeat their actions, it is a crime and is punishable by law to be in possession of stolen goods. The public should reject and report any goods which are suspected to be stolen to the police.”

Vision Tactical understands that there are a number of “fence’s” in place, also known as a receiver or moving man, this is an individual who knowingly buys stolen goods in order to later resell them for profit.

“The fence acts as a middleman between thieves and the eventual buyers of stolen goods who may not be aware that the goods are stolen.”

Theba has urged the community to break the chain of crime and invest in a safer South Africa.

Investigations in to the various incidents which have taken place recently have revealed that armed assailants/suspects are targeting individuals wearing luxury items and carrying valuables with them, people are urged not to wear any expensive jewelry or luxury watches when leaving their homes to go out.

TIPS To Avoid The Purchase Of Stolen Goods:

  • Avoid buying goods you know are stolen. If someone tells you that the goods are stolen, then you cannot purchase them. If you do, then you could be charged with receipt of stolen property, which is a crime.
  • Also refuse to store goods if you know they are stolen.
  • Refuse to buy anything that looks suspicious. More likely no one will tell you that the goods are stolen. However, either the goods or the sale might be suspicious. In this situation, you need to avoid buying the goods. Willful blindness won’t protect you.
  • Be suspicious of goods sold very cheaply.
  • Check if the goods have a name on them. If so, check that the name matches the seller’s name. When the name doesn’t match, then you should suspect the goods were stolen.
  • Know you are protected if you bought innocently. The law requires that you “knowingly” buy stolen goods with an intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property. If you did not know that they were stolen, then you did not break the law.

For more information, contact:

Vision Tactical Communications: 074 772 33 33

Email: comms@visiontactical.co.za

Vision Tactical #CrimePrevention Ops Recap

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Vision Tactical Intervention and Tracking Units together with the newly launched Mobile Command Centre were mobile across the City of Johannesburg over the past weekend.

An intense Crime Prevention Operation was conducted in various areas across the city to clamp down on criminal activity.

-Vision Tactical Intervention Units intercepted an illegal vehicle driving around in Houghton on Friday night.

On Sunday, Vision Tactical’s Tracking Units together with the SAPS and Tracker Connect recovered a sought Toyota Fortuner, whilst at the same time apprehending two suspects.

 

Vision Tactical Launch Mobile Command Centre To Further Enhance Protection Services

Vision Tactical – Private Security Company Vision Tactical has launched its latest edition to an already diverse fleet, dubbed ‘Mobile Command’.

The vehicle will be deployed in the Johannesburg area to better handle emergency and crisis situations.

Director Yaseen Theba says the unit will be used to proactively support the fight against crime in Johannesburg.

“The vehicle will be used for emergency operations as a command post and a communications center, further enhancing strategic partnerships with various stakeholders.”

Theba affirmed that law enforcement will have access to the vehicle including the South African Police Service and Metro Police Departments when attending crime scenes.”

According to Theba, the Mobile Command Centre will be dispatched to any emergency situation and can be utilized as a meeting area, radio command post, WIFI hub with various communication capabilities, and much more.

“Some of the features incorporated into the Mobile Command Centre include vehicle tracking software and hardware to assist our strategic partners Tracker Connect.”

Medical equipment and facilities including scene lights, restrooms, workstations, portable lighting, easy roof access and safe storage are just some of the additions that the vehicle carries.

The multipurpose seating area is designed to accommodate trauma counselling and recording of victim’s statements following an incident.

Theba says that the idea behind the Mobile Command Centre is to ensure that other Vision Tactical Units including the Intervention Unit, SWAT Unit, Patrol Vehicles and Houghton based control room become more efficient in proactively fighting against crime and criminals operating in the city.

The vehicle is a fully fledged C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) unit, a first for the private security industry.

C4ISR will ultimately increase situational awareness, giving the operational team the information they need as fast as possible, by using the right materials, equipment, and systems to make that happen.

ENDS

Journalists wanting to join in on a ride along can contact:

Vision Tactical Communications

Mohamed (074 772 33 33) / Email: comms@visiontactical.co.za

Vision Tactical & SAPS Apprehend Criminal Terrorizing Motorists and Pedestrians Along Louis Botha

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Together with the South African Police Service, Vision Tactical Units apprehended one armed suspect, believed to have been terrorizing motorists and pedestrians at the busy intersection of Louis Botha committing brazen ‘robot’ robberies and smash and grabs.

Officers also recovered one firearm.

The suspect was taken in to police custody, investigations are ongoing.

Green Team Dumps 30 000+ Dustbin Bags – Keeping Our Communities CLEAN

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Vision Tactical’s environmental initiative “The Green Team” engages in clean-up operations – 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 at the same time.

Since the Green Team was formed, over 30 000 dustbin bags have been used to collect rubbish / rubble around various areas.

Various collection points will be allocated so that residents / community are able to drop dustbin bags off for the Green Team to make use of:

Collection Point 1 – Shell Glenhove Filling Station

Background of the Green Team:

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 raise 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, Freeway Group, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, ER24,, Shell Glenhove, AL’s Hardware, Laher’s Silk Screen – 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, Instagram, Facebook: @VTacGreenTeam

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Enquiries:

Vision Tactical Communications

+274 772 3333

Email: comms@visiontactical.co.za

 

South Africa’s New Driving Demerit System is Now Law

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the controversial Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill into law.

The legislation is perhaps known for its proposed introduction of a demerit system for South African drivers, and it is expected to fundamentally change driving in the country.

Some of the biggest changes include:

A new demerit system will be introduced. Depending on the severity of the offence, 1-6 points are allocated for offences. If an infringer has more than 12 points, it will result in the disqualification of the driving licence and three suspensions result in its cancellation;

Failing to pay traffic fines can lead to a block on obtaining driving and vehicle licences and an administrative fee – in addition to other penalties;

Where documents previously had to be delivered by registered mail through the post office, in terms of the amendment, authorities will now also be able to serve documents electronically and can send reminders via WhatsApp and SMS;

The establishment of a new Appeals Tribunal which will preside over issues that are raised under the new bill.

It is not yet clear when the new law will officially come into effect, or whether parts of the bill will be introduced retrospectively.

Controversy

In June, the Automobile Association penned an open letter to new transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, pointing to a number of areas that need urgent attention – including the new demerit system.

“The AA believes in a points-based system, and the original concept is good. It will punish the bad, warn the middle, and leave the good,” it said.

The association warned however, that the system in its current form – if implemented – will not in any way reshape the country’s roads to become safer – one of the original benefits.

“Instead, this system seems to have morphed into a better way for revenue collection by authorities, with no regard for safety or proper application of laws. The implementation of Aarto should be prioritised but weighed against a review of its original objectives,” the AA said.

The association said that law enforcement on the country’s roads remains splintered, uncoordinated, and largely ineffective.

“Proper, effective licensing of prospective drivers, a more comprehensive approach to rooting out corruption and bribery at vehicle testing centres, and better application of vehicle roadworthiness is a start,” it said.

“Speeding, cellphone usage while driving, reckless and negligent road behaviour, and disregarding other drivers, are among the main problems.

“Yet these issues seem secondary and less important than checking for expired discs (a task, we believe, which is better managed through the eNATIS licensing system),” it said.

Horrific Scenes As Ten People Die in N1 Taxi Crash

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A 10th person has died in hospital following a crash on the N1 South near the Buccleuch Interchange, in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon.

Nine other people died on the scene.

Four people were injured and transported to a hospital.

JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said that there’s definitely a factor of high speed.

“Because of the impact…the taxi collided with the concrete barricade. One of the passengers was ejected from the taxi and was flung on to the northern side of the N1 freeway.”

A taxi driver is believed to have lost control of his vehicle before it hit into the concrete barricade.

Minnaar said traffic is still heavy on both sides and urged motorists to be cautious.

Source: eNCA

Back in June,  Vision Tactical posed this to the Minister of Transport…

 

Apartment Safety 101: Tips from Vision Tactical to Keep You & Your Apartment Safe and Secure

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  1. Never hesitate to report any suspicious activity you may see in and around your properties. Program numbers into your phone and keep them somewhere visible so you can quickly call for help if needed.  (Vision Tactical Emergency Control 084 222 222 2)
  2. This may seem obvious, but it remains an important tip: NEVER leave your apartment door unlocked, even if you are leaving for a few moments to obtain something from your car, get the mail or take out the trash. Someone lurking nearby could gain access quickly.
  3. Never open your door to a stranger. Require all utility/repair men to provide identification before opening the door, or at security. If still uncertain, look up the telephone number, and call to verify the information.
  4. A well-lit area is one way to deter crime so keep a light on at night if possible. If you notice that a light is out on our property or parking lots, please notify your body corporate.
  5. Do not leave valuable items visible in your home or car. Close your blinds at night and keep your car doors locked and park in well lighted areas if possible.
  6. Get to know your neighbours. Introduce yourself to them, get to know who they are and try look out for each other. If your neighbours know who you are, they are more likely to report possible criminal activity and get some help.
  7. Try to use common area facilities during high-traffic hours.

Enquiries:

Vision Tactical Communications

Mobile: 074 772 333 3

Email: comms@visiontactical.co.za

Trust Your Instinct! Tips From Vision Tactical To Prevent Smash-and-Grab Incidents

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Criminals have taken to pouncing on unsuspecting motorists through “Smash-and- Grab”, breaking a window in order to gain access to any valuables in a vehicle.

Perpetrators have the element of surprise to their advantage, stunning their victim with the unsuspected smash, leaving them enough time to grab any valuables.

These thieves target valuable items such as cellphones, handbags, wallets, purses, laptops, shopping bags, keys etc. Drivers are most at risk the when the presence of these items is on display.

What is a smash-and-grab crime?

Car burglaries can be expensive, from the cost of repairs to the vehicle and windows to replacing your belongings.

The victims will most likely be traumatised and feel victimised for quite some time.

Vision Tactical Director Yaseen Theba says that thieves are usually after valuables which they can easily identify from outside the vehicle and sell as easily once removed from the possession of the motorists.

“Items targeted include purses, handbags and wallets, laptop bags, briefcases and backpacks, cell phones.”

Theba adds that the media warns of so-called “hot spots” but even without warning signs, the cautious driver would be able to identify areas where he/ she would be most at risk.

“These tend to be places where criminals know that vehicles will be stationary, where drivers can be easily distracted and where the criminal can make a quick and effective escape.”

Theba says that motorists need to be made aware of the modus operandi used by the criminals.

“These criminals also will often work in pairs where one will pose as a vendor, distracting the attention of the driver while the other party will perform the smash-and-grab from the passenger side.”

Theba advises the following measures:

  • Lock all your doors and close the windows when driving – Never open vehicle windows or doors for strangers.
  • Avoid opening your windows or getting involved in discussions with street vendors or anyone handing out flyers.
  • Be constantly on the lookout for suspicious looking characters.
  • Always be conscious of your surroundings and remain alert when coming to an intersection or stopping your vehicle.

Finally, trust your instincts. If you see suspicious activity, find somewhere else to park.

Vision Tactical would like to urge motorists to report suspicious activity to the proper authorities – you can help prevent others from becoming a victim of a smash-and-grab or another crime!

VTAC Emergency Control: 084 222 222 2

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