Look at your home security through a new looking glass from time to time, this ensures continued vigilance and awareness of your home and surrounding areas.
Consult with your Insurance and other Insurance companies, the police, your Security company, the CPF and other authorities regarding crime and other risks in your locality and bring yourself up to speed and be aware of the specific local crimes and risks.
Ensure that you are aware which SAPS Station serves your area, determine where the nearest Fire Station closest to home is situated as well as the location of the nearest Emergency Medical Facility or Hospital and note the telephone numbers. Keep the numbers handy near your landline or other visible place for quick reference and ensure they are saved on your Cellular telephone or other mobile device.
- Shrubs and bushes requires to be pruned and cut back to prevent intruders from hiding behind or under same;
- Floodlights or motion-sensitive lighting is required to ensure effective lighting of any dark areas around the house and the grounds;
- Outdoor lights should be on at night regardless whether you home or away, energy saving bulbs and timer-switches can be utilized;
- Ladders are securely locked away, trellises and drainpipes giving access to the roof and upper floors of the dwelling have been protected;
- Gates, garage and shed doors are locked after every use;
- Braais, lawnmowers and other garden resources which could generate an income for perpetrators are locked away or they are attached and locked to immovable fixtures;
- Bicycles are always locked, even of you leave it for a minute, with a u-bar or lock and chain and attached to a immobile fixture;
- Your Street number is clearly displayed, so that the Police , Security company or other Emergency services can find the house without delay.
- Outside doors need to be strong, either solid hardwood or Metal and all glass panels in and around doors have been reinforced so that it can not be easily broken. Fit wide angle viewers or CCTV for checking on and identifying callers;
- All doors are fitted with quality dead bolts that locks into the frame of the door;
- These should be locked at night and when you leave the house, even for a few minutes;
- All external doors are protected by metal gates, at least approved by the SABS;
- Never leave house keys underneath a doormat or pot plant , rather ensure that all occupants have keys, or leave the keys at a trustworthy neighbour in cases where you have no alternative choice.
- Every opening window in the house and outbuildings must have an efficient key lock or should be securely pinned;
- Windows must always be locked or securely pinned when they are opened slightly for ventilation;
- Consider using window bars or grills [recommended in high risk rooms or where extra valuable contents are kept ], please however keep the possible fire hazards in mind. A fire double in size and intensity every 7 seconds ! ;
- All glass should be protected with a layer of anti-break film.
- All garage doors should be locked on every entry/exit ;
- The inter-leading door between the house and garage [ where applicable] should be solid wood or metal and secured with a strong lock and dead bolt;
- The connecting door should always be locked, even when there is somebody at home;
- Garage doors and external street gates should be fitted with a strong security lock, preferably fixed into the floor or driveway;
- Even if the garage door or gate is fitted with a electric motor, should still be dead locked when not in use.
SLIDING DOOR / GATE SECURITY
- The sliding door or gate should have suitable heavy duty key locks. A fastener should be fitted to prevent the door / gate from being impelled or lifted off its track;
- The sliding door or gate must be locked every night or whenever the client is away from the premises;
- In case of the sliding door ensure that it is protected by a SABS approved metal gate.
- Your car should at all times be locked whether in the garage or parked elsewhere, do not leave ANY visible content in the car. Small change or a packet of cigarettes could be enough motivation to have severe damage caused during a break in !;
- Please ensure that you have safe bolted to the floor and wall available in the house to store valuables or UNLOADED fire arms. The safes should preferably be fitted with trigger guard locks;
- Please keep a up to date inventory of all your valuable property and a duplicate copy should be kept at a secure place outside of your home as well as one lodged with your insurance company ;
- Please mark valuable items such as televisions, sound systems and computers with identifying numbers approved by your insurer [where applicable];
- All house residents should be up to date and equipped with the necessary information of what to do when a burglary is in progress or stumble upon same or during arrival at home or when at home.
SECURITY WHEN AWAY
- If you are going to be away from your house for more than 48 hours, please ensure that somebody trustworthy is informed and ask them to collect any deliveries, switch on lights and visit the property to create a sense of activity and makes the house look occupied;
- When your absence is going to be for longer periods make sure that light timers have been programmed on a rational cycle to turn lights on and off;
- Never leave your home without activating your security system;
- The security system should be utilized to it’s full capacity and potential even when at home [i.e. immediate zones, bypassed zones etc.];
- Again when away for extended periods stop all mail and newspaper deliveries or make arrangements that a neighbour or friends pick it up.
- These are basic rules that if employed and set in action could save lives, prevent property loss and undue stress and trauma. We know these rules, let us now start and apply them.