The craving and hunger for hard cash is increasing by the day. On Saturday, June 17 a G4S van was robbed at a petrol station in Watermeyer Street and the suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A Bullet hole that hit the G4S van after a shootout burst out. Saturday June 17 suspects fled the gas station situated in Watermeyer Street with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The G4S security guard alleged that he was about to exit the door with the cash when two armed men attacked him. The guard went in shock and allegedly jumped on top of the van, leaving the cash behind. It was believed that the driver of the van tried to reverse and cover the dropped cash but was unsuccessful as the armed suspects opened fire on the van.
Ms Yolande Kemp Bezuidenhout a nearby resident and responder for South Africa Community Crime Watch (SACCW) were busy in her garden when she heard the gunshots.
The scene after cash in transit robbery took place at a gas station in Watermeyer Street. On June 17 the suspects fled the scene with a undisclosed amount of cash.
My gardener and I heard the shots. I immediately ran down the street to see what the commotion was all about. Luckily I had my phone with me and used the Zello channel after which I got quick response from SACCW, said Bezuidenhout. She did not think twice and jumped in her vehicle rushing to the scene.
On scene people stood all over the place trying to figure out what just happened.
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I’ve come to an undeniable conclusion: New Jersey’s “Melvin Santiago Law” and the related Security Officer Registration Act (SORA) must have been enacted by legislators supported by the Fraternal Order of Police. The laws deal with weapons carried by security guards who work directly for private employers. These laws seem to unfairly benefit current or retired members of law enforcement when it comes to securing jobs that require armed security. The Santiago law, named for a Jersey City police detective who was killed by a drug store robbery suspect who had grabbed a security guard’s gun, was signed in January. The law amends SORA to require state police regulation of private guards who wish to carry firearms. It is virtually impossible for someone who has never been a law enforcement officer to obtain a firearm carry permit in New Jersey. Also, there is a requirement for armed security guards to have a Level III or higher holster meant to better retain the weapon. Independent guards need to buy their own added equipment, while law-enforcement personnel can take these private jobs while using their department-issue equipment.
I can only think of that New Jersey doesn’t want anyone working armed security except law enforcement officers. I challenge any legislator to prove the opposite. They can do so by getting off their butts and passing the “Citizen’s Protection Act” (A1233, which loosens the criteria for regular citizens to obtain handgun carry permits). They can also revise the SORA and Santiago laws to prevent law enforcement officers from working in private security jobs.
Brian A. Crist, Pennsville
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Have you been through airport security with your insulin pump only to come into contact with an agent who has no idea what it is? I feel lucky anytime an agent recognizes what my insulin pump is, but even when they know it is related to diabetes, they still do not always understand how important it is, and that an error or malfunction of my pump could mean a medical emergency. I wear a Medtronic pump and the guidance says, You need to remove your insulin pump and CGM (sensor and transmitter) while going through an airport body scanner. If you do not wish to remove your devices, you may request an alternative pat-down screening process. To be honest, I have had so many arguments with airport agents that I have gone through the machine with my pump on, even though I know it s dangerous. And I ve heard stories from others, like Michael Aviad, whose Medtronic pump stopped working after airport security sent it through the scanner. That s why diabetes mom Rachel Humphrey s campaign around insulin pumps and airport security is so important.
Twelve months ago Rachel Humphrey wrote an Open Letter to Dubai Airport after she was held in an airport police room for two hours because of her son s insulin pump. Despite having all the correct documentation and information, the airport security insisted that the insulin pump, an Animas Vibe, go through the X-ray machine. A travel document on the Animas website states clearly, Your pump should not go through the X-ray screening that is used for carry-on or checked luggage. Only after several hours and a visit to the Airport Medical Center where a doctor confirmed that the pump couldn t go through the machine, were they allowed to proceed. This experience and poor treatment led Rachel to launch a petition and campaign to ensure a Standard Policy for Insulin Pumps at Airport Security. The petition, which is now closed, garnered support from over 5,000 people and some important developments have happened since it was launched in 2016.
According to an interview with Humphrey in International Airport Review, she received a response to her letter from Executive Vice President of Operations at Dubai Airport, Mr. Chris Garton. Mr. Garton said, You will be pleased to learn that I met with the heads of Dubai Police security operations and Airport Medical Services yesterday to understand why our procedures were not followed on your return journey.
It was agreed all would reinforce the established procedures with staff. The well-being and safety of our passengers is of paramount importance and we greatly appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention. Last December, Airports Council International (ACI) showed their support for Humphrey s campaign. A recent campaign update from Humphrey noted that, They published an article called Best practice for screening of insulin pumps in their World Report which was sent to their 592 members operating 1,853 airports in 173 countries around the world
Since then, Humphrey says, Nina Brooks, Head of Security at ACI World has presented the issue to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized UN agency, and the member states of the Aviation Security Panel, which advises on global standards and recommended practices. ACI told Humphrey that updated guidance material will be included in the 10th edition of ICAO s Security Manual, which is expected to come out in September.
This guidance material will note that screeners should take into account specialized medical devices and offer alternate screening methods with equivalent security outcomes, explains Humphrey.
[It will] not require the removal of a medical device required to monitor or manage a medical condition, and [it will] take into account documentation provided by the passenger from their practitioner and advice from equipment manufacturers regarding the sensitivity of devices to equipment such as full body scanners and X-ray machines. Humphrey said in a recent email to campaign supporters, I am continuing both the petition and my dialogue with the above named organisations to spread awareness and so that we can achieve our ultimate goal of all insulin pump users having a stress free and safe experience at airport security all around the world.
Elizabeth Rowley is the Founder and Director of T1International. She was born in the United States and has lived with type 1 diabetes for 25 years. Elizabeth moved to London in 2011 to complete her Master s degree in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has worked with non-profits, diabetes and health organizations ever since. She believes that where you were born should not determine whether you live or die with diabetes, and she is confident that by working together we can find solutions to the complex problems faced by people with diabetes.