Security checklist inspired by homeowners in South Africa

Update your security checklist.

When a person in South Africa is looking to buy, or even rent a home – security is the key deciding factor which will determine many of the criteria on their checklist.

These 10 crucial security tips will help you improve your checklist to ensure that you get what you want, and most importantly, what you need.

1. Contact your local security provider to come through and do a security / risk assessment check on the area, as well as the home you are looking at buying / renting. They’re qualified individuals who will be able to give you the best, most sound advice on what security measures you should be taking.

2. Background checks are the norm when it comes to any large investment. Have you checked to make sure that your security provider is registered with the South African Intruder Detection Service Associations (SAIDSA)? This assurance will guarantee that any work carried out by them meets industry standards.

3. Your alarm should be tested monthly to ensure that it is in working order. If you detect any fault with your alarm, don’t hesitate to contact a technician to come and fix any problems you may be experiencing.

4. Consider getting yourself exterior lighting which has motion detection.

5. Trim back any overgrown bushes which may be used a hideout for an intruder. Consider those within your garden as well as in front of the entrance to your home.

6. High walls and tall trees can obscure visibility. Ensure that you increase visibility by lowering these.

7. Xpanda Security provides automatic driveway gates which are highly effective and offer you peace of mind and the security that you need when entering your property. 

8. Often times, in double story homes, homeowners fit a security gate which secures the top area of the home where the bedrooms are. Consider creating a safe area for yourself in your home which will help to buy you time in the event that there is an intruder in your home. 

9. Wall safes are usually fairly easy to locate in a home, and they’re not impenetrable. Browse around for reliable storage of valuable items you keep in your home.

10. Have you added an ICE number to your phone? This is an emergency number you have on speed dial for fast and effective communication when it is needed. To find out how to do this, click here.

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