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South Africa National Lockdown

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the world we live in. The world is currently struggling to control a global public health pandemic—COVID-19—that is spreading very fast with diverse levels of fatalities in different regions and countries. Starting in Wuhan, China in late 2019, COVID-19 has become a global epidemic within a very short time.

South Africa faces very different challenges to Western countries that have implemented lockdowns to prevent the spread of the virus as they struggle to make substantial adjustments to their lives as Millions of people live in single rooms and cramped conditions in informal settlements or crowded inner-city buildings. Being forced to stay indoors for weeks could result in heightened tensions between people in households and between neighbours.

Sadly, South Africa has one of the world’s highest murder rates. This is the result of a culture of violence, a toxic mix of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

In the initial phase of the national lockdown, the heightened presence of the police and military on the streets, and fewer people moving around, reduced crimes such as street robbery, hijackings and theft. However, the security forces cannot be everywhere, all the time. This could mitigate against reductions in residential robberies and business burglaries going forward.

In addition, on Friday 08 May 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his decision to authorize the parole of low-risk offenders as a measure against the spread of the virus in prisons, which are considered high-risk areas for infection. DA MP – Glynnis Breytenbach said the party did not support Ramaphosa’s latest decision. “Many of the prisoners who stand to be released do not have families or homes to return to. Those who do may well return to a home where there is already little or no food,” she said. “Finding employment, difficult enough under the best of circumstances for those with a criminal record, will be impossible in the current economy.”

This unfortunately, leaves South African’s worried that there will be an increase in crime in the weeks to come.

An increase in crime can exacerbate existing tensions, break down social cohesion and public trust, and lead people taking the law into their own hands or to social unrest. This in turn will place further demands on the police and criminal-justice systems leading to increased securitization of COVID-19 responses.

Try reduce the chances of being affected by crime in our country by always remaining aware of your surroundings. Ensure you are partnered up with an Armed Reaction company such as TRSS where we are dedicated to your safety throughout this pandemic.

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How to Combat Organised Retail Crime: Tips From a Commercial Security Company

As a commercial security company, TRSS has helped many businesses to secure their premises against organised retail crime by assessing the risks and advising on appropriate solutions. Here are some tips to keep your retail business safe from shoplifting, theft and burglary by addressing issues that include technology, staff and store planning. 

Advice From a Commercial Security Company on How to Combat Retail Crime:

Technology 

There are various developments in technology that can assist retail stores in keeping their products and premises safe and secure. Some of the most common measures include:

Electronic Article Surveillance

Electronic article surveillance (security tags) that are attached to products and need to be manually removed from the item before it leaves the store is a common security measure. This means that if a tag is not removed or deactivated, it will activate an alarm upon leaving the store. These measures have become more sophisticated over time. These days they are harder to tamper with and bypass through the usual methods, such as by using aluminium lined bags.

Video Surveillance 

By recording what happens in the store with the help of video surveillance, security threats can be detected, patterns can be studied and deterrents can be put in place to combat retail crime. TRSS provides not only wireless CCTV cameras, but also install CCTV cameras for your business. Furthermore, we will assist you in finding the correct layout for the cameras to ensure that the entire premises is fully covered.

Monitored Alarms and Access Control

For maximum efficacy, security measures such as monitored alarms and access control should be linked to a control centre. This allows the systems to be monitored and, therefore, any irregularities or breaches can be dealt with swiftly.  

Biometrics, Movement Control, Number Plate Recognition and Facial Recognition Systems

TRSS provides biometrics, movement control, number plate recognition systems and facial recognition systems that are linked to control centres and are monitored 24/7. If a threat or alert is picked up, a response team is dispatched to your location. Implementing these measures correctly will minimise the risk of retail theft. TRSS can provide information on these and other security measures that are best suited to your business. 

Employees

Employing a security guard or staff member to welcome customers and monitor access to the retail floor can go a long way in deterring organised retail crime. However, this is not the only measure that should be taken. 

The hiring process should be part of the effort in combating retail crime and, therefore, all prospective employees should be screened for criminal background. The SAPS can provide a police clearance certificate at a minimal fee with the candidate’s permission.

Furthermore, employees can be used to deter crimes on the retail floor by being present and engaging with customers. Customer interaction can not only deter opportunistic crimes, but can also safeguard stores against future incidents.

Store Planning 

The store layout and displays can combat instances of retail crime by improving visibility across the retail floor and by keeping commonly stolen items under stricter control. Small items and items that are regularly targeted (such as cigarettes, electronics, medications and liquor) can be placed on shelves behind the cashier’s counter to deter casual theft. These types of merchandise can even be locked in display cabinets that are only accessible to the client when he/she is being assisted by an employee. 

For more tips on combating organised crime in the retail sector, contact commercial security company TRSS today. 

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6 Signs Your Business Needs Help from a Top Security Company

Crime is prevalent everywhere you go. Unfortunately, matters may be so bad, that for some business owners it may be necessary to obtain the professional assistance offered by corporate security services to help protect their assets, staff and customers. Many factors influence whether you’ll need the assistance of professional security services. Below, we’ve listed 6 of the most important signs that indicate it is time to secure your business from crime. 

Are You Worried About Crime?

If you’re worried about crime or if you’re located in an area where crime is prevalent, then you will need help from one of the reputable security companies in Johannesburg. 

You’re Concerned about the Response Time in an Emergency

Calling the police is a good thing. But, it often takes time for them to arrive at the scene. 

Theft by Staff or Customers

A reputable security company in Johannesburg can set up advanced security systems in order to limit theft on-site by staff members as well as customers. 

Vandalism 

You may be located in an area where vandalism is rife. Corporate security services can help to reduce these risks or even prevent these types of acts of vandalism to your building. 

Are You Worried about Your Employers Working Late? 

The safety of your employers is important. That is why hiring a reliable security company in Johannesburg to set up a safer environment for staff while they work late is absolutely vital. This will also make the staff feel more comfortable and safe at work. 

You Serve Alcohol at Your Business

Alcohol consumption can lead to many adverse reactions; one of which may include trouble with drunk customers such as “acting out” or fights and brawls – and the list goes on. Having security guards and appropriate systems in place will greatly reduce the chaos which can be caused by alcohol consumption. 

For more information contact us today!

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What Is the Role of Tactical Security?

When you think about tactical security, SWAT is what most often comes to mind. And, that is indeed what it is. The abbreviation for SWAT is “Special Weapons and Tactics”. These very specially trained forces brave each day to help protect their clients. The role of SWAT in corporate security consists of many things. Needless to say, it is an extremely high-risk job.

What Does a Tactical Security Team Do?

Protective service companies undergo intensive and very specialised training. They provide services in a variety of areas such as armed response, SWAT services and off-site monitoring to name a few.

Armed Response

Armed response has to be on standby in any dangerous event or incident. Highly trained teams are continuously kept up to date with the latest criminal activities and threats and are always improving on their current skills.

Comprehensive training includes working with various weapons, night vision equipment and target practice. Physical training is essential to keep fit, so as to be able to react to any dangerous situation including house penetrations, hostage situations, driveway hijackings and lots more. They need to stay prepared every second of every day.

SWAT

SWAT teams are sometimes comprised of groups of skilled and professional ex-military operatives who also stay in shape and up to date with military training. Security companies sometimes deploy a SWAT team to provide extra security measures and support to an already existing tactical security team.

Tactical Off-Site Monitoring

Off-site monitoring is vital to ensure that an area or areas are secured at all times. Tactical teams will continue to guard the place and be on standby in case of an emergency.

Protecting citizens are one of the most important roles that tactical securities play. They will continue to be the first in line when it comes to stopping criminal activity.

For more information, contact us today!

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TRSS is fighting crime on William Nicol

William Nicol is a renowned road in Johannesburg. If you are not hearing about it in the news because of the traffic, then you are likely hearing about a hi-jacking, smash-and-grab, or other criminal activity.

Many residents of Fourways are hypervigilant when they travel along William Nicol. Even with visible police activity, people are scared and they don’t feel protected. Blueheart.africa recently reported that CEO of Nashua Central, Phil McDiarmid, launched a site to investigate the crime on William Nicol and see how his company could assist. TRSS, along with RSS and OSM joined forces with Phil to provide security solutions on William Nicol and Leslie Roads, the two roads that were identified as areas of immediate concern.

TRSS installed industry-leading ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras to monitor all passing vehicles on these roads. The IP cameras are linked to amazing software that alerts our security teams and the SAPS of potential criminals and criminals that have been involved in crime so that they can be stopped and apprehended before more crimes are committed.

An issue that hits close to home

Brett Fisher, CEO – RSS Security Services & Executive Director for TRSS Reaction, as one of the first students to attend Fourways High School when it opened and is currently raising his family in Fourways.

“I have lived in the Fourways area for over 30 years, I have 4 boys, the eldest is 14 years old and attends Fourways High with some of my old teachers! It is no secret that we have been hit with a crime wave. I hope to see more businesses, estates and the community getting behind this initiative. I would like them to engage with Nashua and OSM or ourselves to get on board with cameras and OSM so we can blanket the entire area and get the crime under control – as mentioned, we have the technology at our fingertips – let’s use it and make Fourways a great place for our families to grow up in,” says Brett.

This is just one of the many ways that TRSS supports and protects their community. If you need residential or commercial security services, contact us today.

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SWAT And Reaction Services In Gauteng

Do you need trained security specialists who use state-of-the-art security equipment and receive ongoing training? Then TRSS is the company you should partner with. Many times, clients contact us regarding security services, but they are unsure of what they need. Here is an overview of our reaction service offering as well as our SWAT services in Gauteng:

  • Reaction Services

Our reaction service team responds to homes, corporates, retail shops, shopping centres, industrial etc – responding to alarms and panic signals, also CCTV alarms. This team of highly trained professionals has specialised skills to operate advanced weapons, handle complex situations and protect people in potentially dangerous circumstances.

  • SWAT Services

Our SWAT team is not only skilled and certified to use weapons, but their critical event and adverse situational training place them in the position to handle any situation that may arise. The SWAT team can be hired for the protection of individuals and groups, as well as to provide security at events in and around Gauteng.

Both our reaction and SWAT teams receive ongoing, advanced training to ensure that their defence skills remain sharp. Stringent evaluations are part of our regular training, and we regularly test the response times and skills of our team members.

At TRSS, we are not reactive with our approach towards fighting crime. Our proactive approach, combined with our teams’ training and the technology we use, puts us in the ideal position to provide top-rated security solutions to individuals and businesses. Protecting people in Gauteng is at the core of everything we do.

Contact our security company for more information about our SWAT services today.

TRSS Medical Emergency Response

Many South Africans spend thousands of Rands every month on medical aid programs to ensure that their families have access to private healthcare when the inevitable happens. With the levels of trauma based incidents on the increase both on South African roads as well as at home, it is becoming more and more vital to bridge the gap between the scene of an incident and the private healthcare facility your medical aid grants you access to.

RSS Medical Emergency Response has one goal: to deliver the most appropriate level of qualification to the scene of a medical emergency in the quickest possible time. In the event of a medical emergency, a patients chances of survival can deteriorate by as much as 10% per minute. Over the past 3 years, RSS Medical Emergency Response has played a pivotal role in the outcomes of more than 1000 patients who have experienced a medical emergency while at home.

RSS Medical aims to reduce our response times by adopting two specific strategies namely only RSS Medical clients having access to this premier service and having defined borders to the areas the RSS Medical vehicles respond within.

This system allows anyone on the property to have access including your family, staff or visitors. All that is needed is a single call to the RSS Medical. To ensure the most rapid response possible, please be willing to give the following details:

Your name and contact number
Confirm the house number, Estate name and the road the entrance of the Estate is on (this is preprogrammed onto our dispatch systems however we do need to confirm these details)
The nature of the incident and what has happened
Once this information is received, the medical vehicle will be dispatched and arrive shortly. Currently, RSS Medical is proud to boast an average response time of 6 minutes. This is however influenced by factors such as traffic patterns, position of the vehicle when it is dispatched and availability of the vehicle. Should the RSS Medical vehicle be already committed to assisting another client, RSS Medical will dispatch one of the service providers that arrive on behalf of RSS Medical Emergency Response.

RSS Medical hopes to never have to respond to either you or your family while at home but in the event of a medical emergency, we are just a phone call away. Save the number and maybe it will save your life. (Number only made available to clients of RSS Medical).

Should you wish to become a member of RSS Medical, please contact us on salescoord@trss.co.za