Securing your home from burglars and intruders is of paramount importance to any household, but unfortunately, too many homeowners neglect to take these simple measures.
Top Security Systems Kimberley suggest that home owners follow these 10 simple but crucial security tips to help protect their homes.
1. INSTALL A HOME SECURITY SYSTEM
Ask a qualified security consultant to carry out a risk assessment and recommend a personalised home security system suited for your specific requirements and your budget.
2. TEST YOUR ALARM REGULARLY
Don’t assume that your security equipment are always operating as they should. It’s sensible to undertake a monthly check and request the services of a technician immediately if your alarm is faulty. Always remember to inform your security provider when you are testing your alarm to avoid unnecessary call-outs.
3. CHOOSE A REGISTERED SAIDSA MEMBER
Ensure that your security provider of choice is a registered member of SAIDSA (South African Intruder Detection Service Association).This guarantees professional workmanship and state of the art equipment which meets the high standards of SAIDSA regulations.
4. INVEST IN EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Burglars and other criminals operate in darkness with the aim of being as discreet as possible.
Place lights around your front and back yards, along pathways, near the garage and other outdoor structures. Make your outdoor security lighting even more effective with motion-activated lights.
5. LOCK ALL DOORS & WINDOWS
This is the first thing that should be on your mind when leaving your home, even if it won’t be for long.
Installing certain approved lock types are the safest and the most likely to prevent burglars from gaining entry into your home.
6. KEEP KEYS OUT OF SIGHT
Leaving your keys on display, under the doormat or plant pot may make your home and easy target.
Never leave your keys in the inside of your door or anywhere in sight within reaching distance.
7. DON’T MAKE IT OBVIOUS WHEN YOU’RE AWAY
Regardless if you are home, your house should appear occupied.
You can invest in automated low-energy lighting to come on at intervals to make it look like your home is occupied when you’re away.
Form a good relationship with your neighbours, they can help to keep your home safe while you’re away. You could ask your neighbours to visit your home every few days and remove any post, letters or parcels piling up
8. HAVE EMERGENCY NUMBERS ON SPEED-DIAL
Add an emergency number to the speed-dial function on your phone. If you have a reliable home security provider with a dedicated armed response team, be sure to add their number to your speed dial.
9. ELIMINATE HIDING PLACES
Trees and shrubs give burglars a handy place to hide around the perimeter of your property.
Try to foliage & bushes, especially those near upper levels and windows and in the vicinity of your driveway.
10. INSTALL A SAFE
In the event that an intruder gets by your other home security strategies, make sure that valuables are protected. Install a safe to store valuable items and copies of keys. You want a safe that is fire-resistant, waterproof, and heavy enough that a thief can’t walk away with it.