Without quoting any crime statistics, which we all know are scary, and scarier still if one considers that not all crime is reported, if you are viewing this article then you too have come to realize that living in South Africa today requires living in the reality of our current social situation. We have the following security advice to avoid adding to the statistics.
Criminals are becoming more brazen and one must be proactive to put preventative measures in place BEFORE any incidence takes place.
To this end, a multi-layered approach to security is the best option, creating lines of defence which make it difficult for any would-be intruder to gain access to your property and / or home. Which options are best suited to you obviously depend on the vulnerability of your property, your needs and your budget.
Preventing possible intruders from entering your premises in the first place is the first step. In this regard perimeter electric fencing, high walls with spikes and CCTV cameras are good deterrents.
Dogs on your property are of course great at scaring away any intruders, and are an effective early warning system.
Physical barriers like the solid Shutterway system (your deterrents needn’t look ugly!) will stop intruders that may have accessed the property from actually gaining access into the house. It also provides a visual deterrent. External beams that trigger lights and alarms are also effective means of scaring an intruder off of your property.
Another important layer to have is to be able to detect intruders should they somehow get through any of your primary systems. To this end internal beams, motion sensors and alarms with magnetic breaker switches which trigger an armed response unit and / or the police are a must.
It is also imperative to safeguard valuable assets and your own personal safety within your home. Keep valuable assets locked in a safe, have panic buttons positioned around your home, and install internal safety doors to create ‘safe areas’ that are inaccessible. Interior CCTV cameras are also a fairly new innovation in this regard.
Of course the first preventative step is to always be vigilant: close gates and doors behind you, be careful to whom you allow access, inform any domestic workers not to allow strangers in during times when they are alone, ensure that there is effective lighting on your property and no places for intruders to hide. Most residential crime is opportunistic, so do not create any situations which may compromise your security.
These security measures of course come at a cost, and it is more than likely that one will not install all of the abovementioned items. Have a walk around your property and view it from a criminal’s point of view to discover your weak spots and where your home could be most vulnerable to a break in.
Neighbourhood Watch programmes and patrols are also great local initiatives for tackling crime head-on, so get involved!
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