New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Security Boost for Holiday Season

Windhoek — Security companies operating in Windhoek have sent a strong warning to criminals intending to spoil the festive season for homeowners, when many residents would be leaving town for their holiday destinations.

All the security companies New Era spoke to yesterday stressed that criminals are becoming shrewder every year, and that security services have to update their sophisticated systems and improve on the quality of services rendered.

Director of G4S Man Security, Steve Mertens, said they concentrate more on protecting business premises, but also have guards for private properties. "We start our planning well ahead of the holiday season, and our guards are now fully booked. It seems that Windhoek residents are preparing better and better every year for their planned leave, and they are prepared to take extra caution when it comes to protecting their properties. We must bear in mind that criminals are well-informed and always on the lookout for easy targets," said Mertens.

G4S Secure Solutions Namibia renders services in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Henties Bay. "From today, we are on full alert to give our customers the best possible protection," said Mertens.

Corne Meyer of Marine Security said the company is well aware of how criminals operate during the festive season and Marine Security goes that extra mile to guarantee satisfactory services. "Our guard quota has also been filled and we will, once again, be out in full force to serve and protect," said Meyer.

Deidre Drennen of H.A.M.S Security said her wish is that criminals would be less active during this holiday season. "It is one of the saddest things to come home after a holiday and realise you have been picked clean. Experience has taught us that criminal activities will kick into a higher gear as from this weekend but we will be more than prepared. All our clients were informed in September already about the services we render and all our guards have been booked out. We are aware that criminals are now much more active and that they study the movements of guards. We have a system whereby our guards are rotated all the time, without establishing a routine," said Drennen.

Caros Miljo of Crown Security said this year will be no different from any other year. "The criminals will get busy, but we are on full alert and ready to stop these criminals in their tracks. I expect it will get rather hectic again," said Miljo.

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