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Dear Valued Client
On behalf of the Directors of Alpha Security and Alarms would like to thank you for your continued support. Our daily, monthly and yearly information reflects a very positive trend, although the SAPS crime statistics are horrific to mention, our statistics reveal the percentage of our clients that experience crime, is less than 1% of our total database.
This implies that during any given month less than 1% of our clients will be confronted with a crime, highlighting the importance of a reputable security company, and that your premises should “alarmed” at all times.
We wish to bring to your attention that Alpha Security and Alarms did not receive an increase to their monthly rental for the past two years and the Directors of this company have endeavoured to absorbed these spiralling cost to company.

Unfortunately, due to the ever increasing cost to company, we are compelled to pass an increase on to our clients in order to ensure the sustainably of our company and the service that we provide to the community.
Our motivation for this increase is as follows:

  • The rand value has decrease this year and the forecast remains bleak. One commentator is quoted as saying,
  • “ZAR volatility has become increasingly correlated to UST yields with concerns building around future Fed hikes, which may result in SAGB volatility and therefore ZAR weakness. In addition, further weakness in gold prices relative to oil suggests further terms of trade weakness for ZAR,” says a forecast note issued by Morgan Stanley accessed on the 30th September 2015
  • Another commentator reflects on the rand less positively. At best (if -6% annually is such) that suggests a Rand of 13.25:$ in mid-2016, 14 in mid-2017 and 15 in mid-2018. It would mean a Rand depreciation of 20% over three years and a further real Rand depreciation of 6% by mid-2018 compared to our already undervalued condition today. That’s doable. At worst (if -10% annually is such), it suggests 13.75:$ by mid-2016, 14.50 by mid-2017 and 16 by mid-2018 (for a Rand depreciation of 30% over three years and a further real Rand depreciation of 14% compared to today’s bombed Rand). Still, having travelled from 7:$ in 2010 to 12.50:$ today (that’s nearly 80% in less than four years), these numbers aren’t particular intimidating, given what we know of a Dollar on steroids. http://www.biznews.com/columnists/cees-bruggemans/2015/08/04/this-is-the-future-cees-bruggemans-looks-ahead-to-2018-and-1-r22-50/
  • The cost of labour has continued to be pushed higher by inflationary pressure and there is a new determination for 2016.
  • The department said the current minimum wages in the sector lapse on 31 August 2016 and the new minimum wages should be in effect from 1 September 2016. http://www.vukuzenzele.gov.za/wage-boost-hundreds-workers accessed on the 30th September 2015
  • The capital cost of motor vehicles has continued to rise
  • Bank economist issues rand, inflation warning Back (© Reuse this BY: IRMA VENTER CREAMER MEDIA SENIOR DEPUTY EDITOR) Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from emerging markets, increasing the currency volatility in these markets further. Rising food prices pose risk for S Africa inflation Interest rate hike expected by end of the year, says Absa’s Du Toit. He expects the anticipated weakening of the rand to have a wide-ranging impact, pushing up “food prices to vehicle prices”. The oil price is also again gaining ground. Du Toit expects inflation to average 5.5% this year, which means it, will accelerate from February’s 3.9% to around 7% by the end of the year. This rapid increase is expected to place pressure on wage negotiations. Interest rates will probably see an increase of 25 basis points by the end of the year, said Du Toit. “Next year, the forecast was for another three 25 basis-point increases.” New-vehicle price increases will add to the poor outlook for consumers, with new-vehicle price inflation recorded at 7.6% at the end of the first quarter of the year. Du Toit expects new-car prices to increase by between 8% and 9% in 2015. He regards the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa to have had more of a political than an economic impact to date, but warns that this may change should violence flare up again, especially in terms of the country’s exports into Africa. “It is difficult to quantify the impact of the attacks, but, most certainly, it is not good for the image of the country. It is sad that this is happening, considering the challenges we already face as a country.” Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu Creamer Media Senior Deputy EditorIt is our preference that if you wish to share this article with others you should please use the following link: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/economics-2015-05-22
  • The cost to company to maintain and repair to motor vehicles has risen year on year due to their input costs
  • Looking forward, we estimate Inflation Rate in South Africa to stand at 6.31 in 12 months’ time. http://www.tradingeconomics.com/south-africa/inflation-cpi/forecaste Accessed 30th September 2015
  • Eskom and municipal costs has increased dramatically
  • Nersa has approved an annual average price increase of 12.69% for 2015/16, which is made up of the 8% annual price increase approved in the original MYPD 3 decision and an additional 4.69% as allowed through the *revenue clearing account (RCA) mechanism which forms part of the Nersa regulatory methodology. http://www.eskom.co.za/CustomerCare/TariffsAndCharges/WhatsNew/Pages/2015-16-Tariff-submission.aspx Accessed 30th September 2015
  • Due to the above mentioned information and our commitment to good company management we have decided to increase the monthly rental increase.Kind regards

    Alpha Team

 

Alpha Gives back to the community

Alpha Security & ER24 once again hosted a blood drive, it started at 10H00, by 11H15 we had reached a total of 10 pints, by 14H00 we reached a total of 22 Pints, the target for the day was 20 pints.

Thank you to all the ER24 and Alpha Security staff that donated, A very special thanks to Edleen CPF, Birchleigh Buurtwag and Bonearo Lookout. they came in numbers to support this worthy cause.

If there are someone that i left out please forgive me, but a thank you to all who supports charity.

Mornè Le Grange
General Manager

Blood Drive 3 October 2015

One of the Alpha Security Hero`s

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On Friday the 2nd of October 2015 at 09H26 a post was received on the Edleen Patrollers WhatsApp group of a suspicious person in the field behind Klapper street, Alpha Security Officer Michael Ramasehla responded to investigate , upon arrival he found the unknown male walking in De Villiers near Edleen Ext 3 towards the P91, He confronted the suspect and started searching him, the suspect then drew a 9mm firearm and pointed it at Michael, instinctively Michael grabbed the suspects hand to point the firearm away from his face, a shot was fired and a struggle ensued. In the struggle Michael managed to take the firearm from the suspect, the suspect fled and Michael perused, unfortunately Michael fell during the chase and heart his knee and arms in the process. The suspect got away but Michael is safe and recovered a unlicensed firearm, All serial numbers had been filed off.

 

We will be taking him to see a doctor for his injuries and hope he makes a speedy recovery, Brave men like Michael put their lives on the line every day to protect our community, I am DSC_0188so thankful that I can send him home to his family with only minor injuries. Michael is a great asset to Alpha Security

Michael you are one of our communities hero`s, We salute you.

Mornè Le Grange
General Manager
Alpha Security & Alarm (Pty) Ltd


 

Newsletter to address the break-ins through the roof

 

Introduction

Recently, Alpha Security has identified a new and concerning trend during burglaries.

It would appear that the perpetrators gain access to the interior of a house or a building’s roof by cutting open or lifting the roof tiles of the particular building. In most instances this occurs at night, which makes visual identification extremely difficult and almost impossible for the reaction officer, because this is often not observable from the ground, especially if there is a parapet wall or a similar object obscuring the line of vision.

Problem identification

The perpetrators often force open or break the ceiling inside the roof, and often in close proximity of the alarm panel. They often cut the alarm wiring and damage the alarm panel and/or remove the radio transmitter; the radio will only send one signal to the security company.

The burglars hide inside the building waiting for the response officer to arrive and check the building, if the officer does not see anything indicating a possible break-in; he will leave the premises reporting that all is in order. Once the officer leaves the premises the burglars are free to go through the premises and take whatever they deem valuable. The perpetrators can take their time as the risk of a security officer returning to the premises is almost zero, since the perpetrator has destroyed the alarm panel and there will be no further signals received at the control room. After collecting the items they consider to be valuable, they then start to break windows and doors from the inside of the building to exit the premises.

We are sure that the other security companies in and around Kempton Park are experiencing a similar trend. The following contributing factors should be considered:-

  • Often the key-holder does not come out to the premises to assist the reaction officer to check the interior of the premises; this means that the reaction officer can only inspect the building from the outside.
  • The perpetrator is a “career” criminal and is “trained” to go about their business.
  • The perpetrator does not wish to be caught.
  • The perpetrator will familiarise themselves regarding alarm systems, because this is their greatest hindrance to perpetrate their criminality.
  • The alarm system must compliment other security systems, electric fence, CCTV equipment, and physical security such as gates.

Our Solution

To prevent any further incidents similar to these burglaries that we have mentioned, Alpha Security is recommending and this will be standard operating procedure (SOP).

All key-holders will be requested to attend all alarm activations. Please assist us in combating this hideous act of criminality by making a key holder available on a 24 hour basis.

The reaction officer will secure the exterior of the property until the key holder arrives to open the premises. The reaction officer will then secure the interior of the premises after the key-holder has opened the building.

This will reduce the loss and ensure that the burglars do not have the many hours currently available to them to vandalize and to remove your possessions.

Please note that if the key holder does not attend to the alarm signal, Alpha Security shall not be held liable for the damages or losses. It is important to Alpha Security to reduce the losses incurred by our clients and reaction officers will check the premises from the inside.

The second aspect of our solution is that all our clients must install the appropriate Infra Red Detection (PIR) devices as soon as possible the into their roof structures. This will cause the alarm to activate prior to the perpetrator being able to access the roof structure and the alarm.

If you have any questions or suggestion to address these incidents, or to update your key holder information please contact Quinton Harris on 011-394-1880 or email him at qharris@alphasecurity.co.za at your earliest convenience.

This is an important aspect of your security please support us in our drive to reduce the crime in our community.

Thanking you for your continued support

Mornè Le Grange

Assistant General Manager


Operations Activity Year To Date 2010

Average for 2009 10-Jan 10-Feb 10-Mar 10-Apr 10-May 10-Jun 10-Jul 10-Aug 10-Sep 10-Oct 10-Nov 10-Dec
Incoming Telephone Calls To Contol Centre 2 526 3660 3646 3823 3498 3635 2911 3243 3399 3292 2634 3121 4325
Outgoing Telephone Calls from Contol Centre 14 358 19177 19136 19145 18131 18135 16877 19719 19865 19771 15690 19524 22053
Premises Checks 1 008 1172 374 755 931 641 869 523 725 789 548 483 2653
Patrols 2 049 2105 1930 2177 2108 2184 2105 2030 1903 1842 1965 1966 1390
Signal to Acknowledge response time 0.08 0.09 0.08 0.08 0.07 0.1 0.11 0.08 0.08 0.07 0.09 0.08 0.08
Signal to Arrival response time 7.5 8.28 9.32 8.18 8.12 8.21 8.17 8.49 8.53 8.41 11.02 11.29 10.16
Signal to Completion response time 14.26 16.26 18.15 16.23 15.53 16.1 16.54 16.38 16.51 19.13 18.55 19.08 28.1
Vehicles trips 26 876 42426 33289 22460 21062 24474 21929 29378 27513 26760 28729 25061 30996

Crime Stats Year to Date 2010

Average for 2009 Jan-10 Feb-10 Mar-10 Apr-10 May-10 Jun-10 Jul-10 Aug-10 Sep-10 Oct-10 Nov-10 Dec-10
Attempted Burglary 2.92 4 4 7 0 0 3 1 5 6 2 2 7
Burglary 23.17 35 24 14 21 16 10 21 13 27 19 16 21
Theft Out Of Vehicle 0.5 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 2 1
Theft of Vehicle 0.58 1 2 2 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Attempted Theft 0.5 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Theft 1.91 1 2 3 0 3 1 2 2 4 3 4 4
Attempted Robbery 0.75 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Robbery 4.33 4 3 3 2 1 2 1 1 7 3 2 3
Attempted Hi-Jacking 0.5 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 6 2 5 0 2
Hi-Jacking 1.17 1 1 1 0 1 3 0 1 4 2 4 4
Fire 0.25 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arrestes made 1.25 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 5 2 1 2
Assault 0.42 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Arson 0.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fraud 0.42 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total Incidents 37.33 50 38 34 32 26 23 31 35 59 36 32 47

Monthly Security Tip
(Tip 1 2011)
Reducing the Risk of a Hijacking When Entering or in Your Vehicle

  • Have your key ready, but not visible.
  • Inspect the outside and inside of the vehicle before unlocking it.
  • Know your destination and directions to it, and be alert should you get lost.
  • Always drive with your windows and doors locked and/or closed.
  • Make a mental note of any Police Stations in the area.
  • When dropping a passenger off, make sure that they are safely in their own vehicle before departing.
  • Avoid driving through high crime or unfamiliar areas.
  • Avoid driving when the roads are quiet.
  • Drive in the centre lane away from pedestrians where possible.
  • If possible, never drive alone.
  • NEVER pick up hitch-hikers.
  • Change your routes on a regular basis.
  • Do not leave windows open more than 5cm.

Monthly Security Tip
(Tip 2 2011)

Office Security tips

Security in your office is something that should be in your top priority when operating a business. Off course you are not running a top-secret agency but being careful about security can prevent your company from losing a lot of money. One cannot deny that an unsecured office is a thief magnet. It will not be long until you find some office supplies missing, and then follow some valuable office equipments and before you know it, someone has hacked into the company’s account and stolen thousands or even millions of dollars. This is not an impossible scenario in an unsecured company. It has been done before and unfortunately will happen again to others.

Instead of being paranoid about security, you can consider many options to make your office and the physical safety of your employees secured:

  • Having a designated person to open and close the office means there is a point person. Having two means lowering the risk of theft or unwanted situation even more. (Have two (2) locks. This way, the office cannot be opened by just one person)
  • Security cameras are now a very popular security tool for business owners. Also, when employees know that they are being monitored, they tend to be more efficient in their work.
  • Require your employees to wear their company IDs at all times when inside the office. Also, outside service personnel must show proper identification when going in your office for security reasons.
  • Working in a clutter free environment not only makes an employee work efficiently but also prevent from valuable things being misplaced or stolen. Always remind of this and to also store their belongings in locked drawers.
  • Having a regular schedule for inventory is always a good idea to know that office supplies and equipments are still present in your office. This will also monitor your office supplies expenses and make your employees aware if they are wasting office supplies.

Securing information and sensitive data is another thing that you have to prioritize. Assign each employee with an email address that they would use specifically for work related issues.

  • Emails containing sensitive data or information about the company and its policies should not be spread around the office. Financial data, projections, marketing strategies and the like are examples of sensitive data and should be marked confidential at all times. Your employees must be briefed about how to keep them classified if they are one of the recipients.
  • Encrypt confidential files so that if accidentally sent to the wrong person, they will not be able to open them.
  • Limiting access to the confidential files is another way of securing sensitive data.

It should be a standard procedure in your office that all employees are to log out properly of their computers to prevent unauthorized access. Be sure that strong passwords are created. Including lower and upper cases is a good way to create strong passwords. As the owner of the company, you would also want to access an employee’s computer if for some reason that employee disappears suddenly. One way to do this is to require your employees to submit to you their passwords in a sealed envelope to be store in the vault for cases like this.

Threats like spyware, malware and viruses can inconvenience you in a big way. Losing important information and disrupting the workplace is something that you don’t want to happen to your company. So investing in a very reliable antivirus is very crucial for your office security. If you think that a spyware is present in your office computer network and you can’t get rid of it using spyware, the best advice is to get a professional to do the job.

Keeping your office safe and secured is a very important matter for your business. Keep in mind the above when thinking of creating security measures for your office.


Monthly Security Tip
(Tip 3 2011)

Tips for Home Security

  • Ensure all gates cannot be taken off railings and access gained to your home in this manner. (I personally know people who have had this done to them).
  • Train children and domestic workers not to let any strangers into your home.
  • Train children and domestic workers not to leave any doors to your property unlocked, especially doors to kitchen areas.
  • Perpetrators dress in overalls and claim to be workmen from telephone, water or electricity companies.
  • Ensure that you have copies of identity documents of any domestic workers who work in your home and contact numbers.
  • Ensure that all doors are locked whilst your home is unattended.
  • When going on holiday, cancel newspaper deliveries. Arrange with a neighbour or friend to collect post. Unplug electrical appliances and empty refrigerators of perishable products. Have night switch installed that will ensure lights are switched on and off at night.
  • Notify security company of your absence and ensure they have your current cell phone.

Monthly Security Tip
(Tip 4 2011)

Tips for Home Security

Think About How a Burglar Views Your Home

Most burglars are not into hard work. They’re looking for the easiest entry with the biggest payoff. They normally want to get in and out without attracting any attention or wasting any time in an exposed position. If you have an alarm system installed (and maybe even if you don’t), a sign in the yard and signs on the windows warning of the security system, will often cause them to move on hoping for easier pickings.

Other home security tips include keeping the curtains drawn at night, especially if you’re not at home, and keeping valuables out of sight. High-cost, high-demand electronics which are visible from the outside are a lure to burglars. Check the sightlines from outside and where possible locate expensive, portable items where they can’t be seen. If a burglar can’t see your valuables, he may be unwilling to risk getting caught. Invest in a simple timer to connect to a light and perhaps a radio when you’ll be out of the house. A dark house at an hour when most people are still awake can be an invitation to a break in.

By themselves, these home security tips can greatly reduce your vulnerability. The use of home alarms, wireless surveillance systems, outdoor security cameras can also all contribute to ensuring the safety of your family and your property. An aware, organized neighborhood where everyone knows and looks out for each other and their property is one of the strongest sources of security. It does take some time, effort and commitment, but it can make for a safe, pleasant neighborhood with a high quality of life for all the residents.