The state of crime in South Africa has become increasingly daunting, despite an abundance of security measures and technological advancements.
“An approach which prioritises durable perimeter security measures is still invaluable and will withstand the test of time. Staying well-informed also proves fruitful when it is time to make the necessary security upgrades,” says Charnel Hattingh, Fidelity ADT’s national marketing and communications manager.
Although criminals have become more and more brazen, being well-prepared is still fundamental. Equally important is being aware of the types of crime which commonly occur in your area.
“Stay in the loop by conversing with neighbours and be a part of local neighbourhood watch groups. This will help you gauge the frequency and nature of any crime occurring in the area. Try to stay abreast with the latest news and security trends,” advises Hattingh.
The many technological developments made over the years bring with it peace of mind and convenience. “CCTV cameras, alarm systems, detection beams and even dogs work well to deter criminals. A strong focus on perimeter security and access control is still the first line of defence, and it should never be neglected. A solid outdoor defence remains an essential step in securing your property,” recommends Hattingh.
Perimeter security also consists of gates, electric fencing and detection devices (featuring outdoor security beams), all designed to prevent intruders from gaining access to the premises or to raise the alarm if the outside perimeter boundary is crossed.
“These investments bode well in the face of an imminent robbery by alerting the property owners and emergency responders. The swift action allows for any serious danger to be averted. If criminals do manage to get past the perimeter security measures, their window of opportunity inside the property is minimal,” says Hattingh.
The correct installation is essential since there are many factors unique to you and your property which need to be taken into account. “Things like electric fencing and CCTV cameras have become less costly over time. With an abundance of possible service providers and suppliers, it is more important than ever before to shop around and find the best installer for your needs,” she advises.
There are certain features which increase the effectivity of these security measures, according to Hattingh. “Motor gates should be installed with lockable boxes (to guard against tampering). Your gate (motor or manual) should swiftly open and close to serve as an instant barrier from intruders. Regularly check outdoor security beams for any obstructions to ensure its effectiveness.”
Prioritising scheduled maintenance on all security measures is beneficial for home and business owners alike. It is a crucial part of securing your property. Regularly check your alarm system as well to be completely safeguarded if an incident should occur.
“These checks pre-empt any pitfalls because discovering weak points in your perimeter security and having a faulty alarm system during a break-in is not ideal. It is best to remain cautious, select a reliable security provider and ensure your property is well-lit at night,” concludes Hattingh.
This is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your specialist for specific and detailed advice. (E&OE)