When planning your overall security, it does not help to spend all your time, energy and money on alarm systems that detect intruders once they are inside the house, because that is much too late.
The first thing you should do is to make sure, and this is very important, that the intruders are detected immediately they enter your property and that they know that you know they are detected.
Secure your boundaries and perimeter walls.
The two most effective ways to secure your perimeter walls are to:
a) install electric fencing, and
b) use home security cameras. These can be wireless or wired.
Make it difficult for the intruder to approach your home.
If intruders do breach your perimeter, it is very important to make it as difficult as possible for them to approach your home undetected. Cameras are invaluable here. However, I always advise people to do at least the following as well:
c) To install security lighting, and
d) To install movement sensors.
Secure the inside of your home.
The inside of your home you want to protect at all cost. This is your private domain and no one should be able to invade this family-only space. In addition, the following are some very effective ways to do just that:
e) Fit a home alarm,
f) Fit strong security gates at all outside doors, and
g) Fit burglar bars.
By implementing the above well researched and effective ways of securing your home, you will be assured to have peace of mind when you think of your family’s safety for many years to come.
South Africa is one of the unsafest and most dangerous countries, which has given rise to one of the biggest private security force 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 get-away. 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.
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.
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.