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Security Tips

  • Look at you house as a burglar would and identify any weak points in you security system.
  • Robbers will monitor the home for as long as two weeks
  • According to studies, eight out of 10 residential robberies are committed with the help of information from people that you employ.
  • Gangs research armed response firms' response times
  • Most attacks occur between 7pm and midnight as people are relaxed,cooking or watching tv.
  • 97 % of robbers are armed
  • On average an armed robbery gang has four members
  • 50 % of residential robberies in South Africa take place in Gauteng.
  • It is a Complete myth that only white people are victims of robberies - anyone displaying any form of wealth (double story homes, expensive jewellery and fancy cars) is a target.
  • The average age of a robber is between 19 and 26 years.
  • An average of 30% of all house robbers have either committed murder,or won't hesitate to commit murder.
  • Inspect your garden for places that can conceal a criminal.
  • Compare you security measures to you neighborhood and lifestyle are they adequate enough
  • Carefully assess your family’s security disciplines (locking doors, assertiveness with strangers, awareness of dangers, alertness, key storage, etc.)
  • Use this information to establish a security routine and train your family and others in the home to stick to it!
  • To secure sliding glass doors, add a bolt lock or use a "charley bar" to block the door closed and install an expandable security barrier.
  • Keep your garage door locked at all times, preferably with a deadbolt lock.
  • Some burglars scan newspapers for wedding and funeral announcements and special community and holiday events that might take you out of your home, so be   especially careful on these occasions.
  • Install motion-detection floodlights around your home, high enough so that intruders can’t disable them.
  • If any of your exterior doors are hollow-core, replace them with solid wood, fiberglass or steel doors and fit a steel security gate.
  • If you have a double-cylinder deadbolt that is operated by a key both inside and out, keep the key in a safe place near the door where every family member can find it and exit quickly in case of fire.

Assess Potentially Weak Areas

Physical Security Barriers
  • Are all the openings in your home secured with barriers robust enough to deter a criminal? The best way of preventing a crime is to discourage the criminal from even considering breaking into your home in the first place. If a criminal has broken in once, he will more than likely try again.
  • Have a look at the condition of the barriers. Poorly-maintained barriers will be easy to break through.

Alarm Systems
  • Establish procedures that the household will follow in the event of an alarm or break in.
  • Test the alarm system regularly to make sure that it is in good working order and your alarm company responds promptly.

Lighting
  • Light up dark areas in the garden where intruders can hide.
  • Motion detection lighting not only illuminates the intruder, but also alerts you to activity outside.

Perimeter Walls & Fences
  • While walls and fences provide a small measure of security and degrees of privacy, they also shield intruders from outside observation and provide hiding places for an ambush or hijacker.
  • Poorly constructed walls or fences could present an intruder with a 'ladder' into your property. Anti-scaling devices may be necessary. Any “landing and launching” feature on or near the wall or fence must also be removed!


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