10 Security Tips That Will Help You Secure Your Home & Premises

Security is important to any South African household. The more you know, the more secure your household & premises will be.

1. Seek qualified advice from a security consultant who will carry out a risk assessment and recommend an alarm system specifically suited for your needs.

2. Make sure that your security provider is a registered member of the South African Intruder Detection Service Associations (SAIDSA) then you will know that any work carried out by them and the equipment installed meets the industry standards.

3. Test your alarm system at least once a month. Request the services of a technician immediately if your alarm is faulty. It is important to inform your security provider that you are putting your system into the Test mode so that they know it’s not an emergency.

4. Where possible, install exterior lighting that can be controlled remotely from inside the house. It is also worth considering demand lighting which is activated by a motion sensor or detector for high security purposes.

5. Try to reduce any foliage or bushes in the driveway, for this is good hiding places for would-be criminals.

6. Try to increase visibility by removing any high walls or objects that will reduce your visibility to your property.

7. Automatic gates are recommended because then you don't have to leave the safety of your vehicle in order to access your home.

8. Create a safe area in your home by fitting a iron gate or an expanding grille gate where the family can retreat in case of an emergency.

9. Install an strong, heavy duty safe to store valuable items and copies of keys. Wall safes is not usually fireproof and therefore not suitable for high quantity of cash or valuable/sensitive documents.

10. Add an emergency number to the speed-dial function on your household phone and on your mobile phone for when emergencies take place.