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Electric fences and your home security

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An electrified fence is your first line of defence in securing your home!

Few homeowners realise that there are very strict regulations governing the installation and maintenance of an electrified fence. Many don’t have an Electric Fence Certificate of Compliance.

New electric fence regulations

Electrified fence regulations were amended in 2011. However, at the time the regulations did not receive much attention.

The regulations that apply to electrified fences are the Electrical Machinery Regulations. They fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

But is it really an issue? The answer is yes! The authorities are now enforcing the regulations and many homeowners are up in arms!

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Home Security

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You are responsible for your security. The police are too thinly spread and slow to respond! Your first line of defence is an electric fence. In addition, private security companies are normally dependable and quick to respond.


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Private security companies

South Africa is one of the unsafest and most dangerous countries, which has given rise to one of the biggest private security forces in the world. The armed response industry is providing guarding, monitoring and armed reaction to homeowners and security complexes throughout the country. Many homes also have other measures of defence like electric fences and burglar alarms!

An armed response company will advise you to have the following security measures installed in your home.

An electric fence

An electric fence is your first line of defence.

Should you install a good electric fence then the visual appearance will be a definite deterrent. It places a 24-hour monitor on the perimeter. If a wire is cut or shorted an alarm is triggered.

The electric fence will have served its purpose as an early warning device should the above occur.

Unlike most house burglar alarms it will inform you of the property boundary. Furthermore, you can link your electric fence to your existing security service rapid-response provider.

If you install a correctly fitted electric fence you minimise the chances of the criminal gaining access.  An electric fence also minimises the chance of the criminal making a quick escape and/or getaway. Therefore, you are at a distinct advantage over a property not fitted with an electric fence.

Install the right alarm system for your lifestyle

One of the least intrusive ways to protect your home is to install an alarm system. A number of options are available to you.

Sensors or beams in your home

When the sensors and beams detect movement an alarm is triggered. Regardless of the number of sensors you install, you can choose which sensors to activate at any one time. You can turn on sensors in the bedroom when you are out. You can turn them off again when you are sleeping. Beams can also be set to accommodate pets.

Outside beams

Place beams in front of your doors and windows, to alert you and the security company of intruders.

Entry point sensors

Entry point sensors on doors and windows are vital. These sensors allow you to slightly open windows but still stay protected.

Burglar bars are essential physical security barriers

Burglar bars are an effective deterrent. They come in many styles and designs and do not need to detract from the overall aesthetic of the home. An example is Spanish burglar bars on the exterior. Stylish interior bars can also blend into the overall design, e.g. retractable burglar bars.

Security gates

Experts advise that additional protection of doors is essential, as this remains the most common entry point for burglars. Therefore, security gates are the most common and effective solution. In addition, install a high-quality security gate with a deadbolt and a spring-loaded lock. A deadbolt lock is stronger than a normal lock. Furthermore, the spring-loaded lock allows you to slam the gate closed in an emergency.

Physical security is your last line of defence

Robbers take approximately three minutes to over-power you. Having a multi-layer security system is optimal. Thereby physical barriers are your last line of defence.

If cost is a concern, install security in stages. Start by securing the most vulnerable windows and doors.  Try to install the highest quality barriers possible, as these are significantly stronger than cheaper versions.

Additional safety and security tips

  • Keep your garden neat so potential burglars cannot hide.
  • Draw curtains at night so that intruders can’t see in.
  • Keep the home entrance clear of large plants.
  • Don’t move around outside your home with keys and remotes.
  • Keep access to remotes and keys in a safe place.
  • Keep the driveway and entrance areas well-lit.
  • Install panic buttons in the home. Also, have remote panic buttons available.
  • Test your alarm system and panic buttons regularly.
  • Be aware of suspicious activity and report it to SAPS or your security company.
  • Do not enter if your dogs do not greet you at the gate. Alert your security company.
  • Identify keys to codes or colour rings, and never hide them under pot plants or doormats.
  • Always keep safe keys on your person.
  • Keep emergency numbers within reach at all times.


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