Beef up home security

2016-05-17 06:00

ENFORCE Security is appealing to residents of the Upper Highway area to beef up their home security measures as suburbs come under siege by brazen armed robbers invading homes and assaulting residents.

In recent weeks home invasions have occurred in Hillcrest, Waterfall, Gillitts, Kloof, Summerveld, and Crestholme. Hijackings have also been reported in the area.

Police and private security experts have therefore urged residents to take heed of the crime wave and ensure that their homes are sufficiently safeguarded against what appears to be a gang targeting homes. A “layering” system of security has been recommended, starting with the space outside residents’ properties and moving inwards through to their perimeter fencing, yards, houses, and then inside their homes.

However, Enforce director Derek Lategan has warned that even this is not enough, as the main priority should be early detection.

“Many people believe that a home alarm system made up of magnetic contacts on doors and windows, and passive sensors within the home is enough to warn them of intrusion. But they are wrong.

“More often than not, when your home alarm goes off, the intruders are already inside your house; it is already too late. The key question here is: ‘How soon do I want to know that someone is trying to break into my home? When they are in my yard? Climbing through my window? Or standing in my bedroom?

“The sooner you know that someone is trying to gain access to your property the better, so installing detection measures as far away as your perimeter fence is of utmost importance. Being able to detect criminals even earlier than that though, is first prize.”

Lategan explained that the ideal security strategy was based on the 4D concept which referred to Deter, Detect, Delay, and Defend, and since even the best deterrents often made little difference to criminals’ intentions, the key was detection – early detection.

“If you are able to install measures that alert you to movement outside your perimeter then do it; even if this just means simply fitting motion sensor lights to garner attention when someone is out there. If not, then it is integral that your first point of detection is on your perimeter wall or fence, and all gates.

“The minute someone makes any attempt to climb your wall, cut through your fence, or derail your gate, you have to know. Your alarm system has to trigger immediately as you need to give yourself as much time as possible to call for help, or get to safety.”

Detection measures such as external beams in yards, Remote Video Verification via cameras, and sensors fitted to the outside of your home are highly recommended, Lategan said.

“We are not saying that a basic alarm system is no longer needed. On the contrary, knowing when an intruder is entering – or has entered – your home is imperative. Of course you have to know.

“What we are saying though, is that you should have been aware of their presence long before they came anywhere near your home. After all, how much can you really do if they are already inside, possibly holding a gun to your, or a loved one’s, head.”

Lategan emphasised that Enforce was not being alarmist by giving out these warnings, but, equipping residents with the reality they are currently faced with. Having this knowledge and advice would not only assist in making the right decisions when considering their home security measures, but also keep them as safe as possible –perhaps even save lives. -supplied.

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