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Advice for your clients: Tips for tightening up on security

Security is a major consideration for most residential purchasers in South Africa. Blue Security operations manager Brian Jackson suggests keeping your clients aware of their options.

• Don’t cut corners when securing your property. Get at least three quotes, but don’t be tempted to choose the cheapest supplier and service provider – sometimes it can end up more expensive in the long run. Beware of fl y-by-night operators – check that a company is registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority.

• A layered approach to security is safest. This enables you to delay the progress of any intruder trying to break into your property. It also provides an early warning system so that you can run and hide in a safe room from where you can call for help.

• Link an electric fence and anti-gate crashing kit to the house alarm. Make this the fi rst line of defense around the property perimeter. Razor wire fences are also effective.

• A CCTV camera near the entrance works as a deterrent and a tool for police if a crime occurs. External beams in the garden should form the next layer.

• Strong burglar bars work best. Some companies offer “invisible screens” and security shutters as alternatives to the standard options.

• Set up your cellphone to act as an additional panic alarm. In an emergency, press a single key on the cellphone to alert the security company’s control centre discreetly.

• Identify a safe place in your home. This place should have a phone or other means of outside communication. Everybody living or working in the house should be drilled so that in the event of an emergency, they know what to do.

• Neighbourhood watch organisations’ security initiatives such as CCTV street cameras are useful for intelligence. The footage can assist security companies and police in identifying and arresting suspects.

 

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