Important home and personal security tips you may have missed. The following home security tips have been shared by the Xpanda security group from Crime Out Loud.
Walls and Fencing
A high wall or fence with lockable gates is highly recommended. Such a wall or fence will provide a physical barrier to intruders and will also allow dogs or other animals to move about freely on the property.
The South African Police Service recommends a fence as opposed to a wall due to the superior visibility that it provides. However, if you can see the criminals on the other side of the fence, then they can see you as well.
In addition to a wall or fence, you may find some of the following devices useful:
- Window bars
- Security doors
- Security gates
- Razor wire
- Additional locks on doors
- Strengthened doors
- Safety chains on doors
An effective intercom system between the home and the gate, front door or garage
Finally, ensure that your gates are locked at all times and that any keys or access devices are not left lying around uncontrolled.
In our day and age, a modern and effective alarm system is absolutely essential for maintaining a secure home. These alarm systems should be loud and remotely connected to an armed response company.
If you live in a rural area, then a siren powerful enough to be heard over long distances is recommended.
Panic buttons should be installed in a variety of different rooms to ensure that help can be called upon as quickly as possible.
There are a variety of different alarm systems that one can purchase, from expensive heat sensing “eyes” to simple tin cans attached to wires. Here are some examples:
- Mechanical and/or electrical
- Improvised systems
- Threaded tins
- Threaded pieces of iron
- Gravel on window panes, pathways or around the home
- Obstacles that make a noise when moved
- “Biological” systems
Security lights around a house help protect a house by promoting visibility and an awareness of what is taking place around the home at night.
Any installed lights should face away from the home and should ensure that the occupants may be able to use the windows without be seen from outside.
Home owners should also be aware of any possible blind spots or shadows.
General Safety Precautions around the Home
Always ensure that your doors and windows are locked and secure.
Ensure that any tools or objects that can serve as weapons, e.g. spades, axes, picks, etc, are locked away when not in use
Large dogs are useful as deterrents and at least one should always sleep in the house for your protection.
Make sure that you vary your routine. A predictable routine leads to an increased chance of attack.
Always keep a torch nearby.
If you arrive home and find something suspicious, do not enter your home. Rather call the police, your armed response company or a neighbour to help you in checking your home.
If you need to leave your home, inform someone of your trip, your destination, your route and your intended time of arrival. This is particularly important if you live in a rural area.
Involve an employee’s you may have as part of the family with regards to security. Show that their security is as important to you as your own.
Reward your employee’s if they provide any information that proves useful in preventing a crime, especially if it’s a crime against you or your property.
Keep a record of your employee’s, including photographs, in case you may need to identify them.
Ensure that you do not employ anybody without a reference. This is particularly valid for casual employees.
Maintain a good relationship with your neighbours. You may require their support one day and vice versa.
Ensure that you are not visible to anyone outside your house when darkness falls and the lights are on. This will only serve to highlight your movements throughout your home.