Worthwhile Security Tips

Worthwhile Security Tips

Some worthwhile Security Tips from Linden SAPS

Linden Police have issued the following tips for preventing housebreaking and theft:

 

  • Know all emergency numbers.
  • Keep your cellphone in the bedroom.
  • Never leave keys in a gate or lock.
  • The locks on outside doors should be changed when you move into a new home or after keys have been lost or stolen.
  • Make provision for good outside lighting. Remember, outside lights that are on during the day draw the attention of thieves.
  • Mail left in the gate is also a sign that nobody is home. Get a friend or neighbour to regularly keep an eye on your property and to remove mail and newspapers.
  • Use lighting to your advantage
  • Lights that are on inside while it is dark outside put to you a disadvantage.
  • Lights that are on the outside when it is dark inside allow you to observe what is going on outside without being seen.
  • Curtains should be closed after dark to prevent suspects from seeing inside the home.
  • Never leave workers or contractors unattended in your home.
  • Do not leave ladders standing around.
  • Conducts thorough background checks before employing anyone (permanent or casual workers). Request their identity document and make a copy for safekeeping. Check their references and do security clearances at the police station.
  • Be careful what is discussed in front of staff.
  • Don’t leave a garage, front or back door open or partially open – it serves as an invitation for burglars.
  • Inform police of any suspicious characters who you consider may pose a threat.
  • Tips for preventing robbery at a business premises:
  • Employ surveillance cameras strategically and implement some form of entrance and exit control. Make sure persons can be clearly identified by cameras as the video footage assists SAPS.
  • Keep premises well-illuminated inside and outside.
  • Take special precautionary measures at opening and closing times. Ensure that two or more staff members can be present when the premises is being looked or unlocked.
  • Place static panic buttons in strategic areas of your store.