Security barriers - no substitute for strength

2016-03-01 06:00

THE recent headline highlighting a violent home invasion (“One injured in Waterfall robbery”, Hillcrest Fever 16 February 2016) reinforces the need to know what you’re purchasing when it comes to protecting yourself from a break-in.

It was incorrectly reported that the perpetrators managed to force open the “Trellidor” when in fact it wasn’t a Trellidor security gate.

This error brings two important points to the fore - one, not all look-alike products are Trellidor security barriers, and two, they don’t all exhibit the same degree of strength under attack.

Barriers that are properly engineered with strengthening features will resist an assault for longer than an inexpensive or DIY product, giving residents more time to summon help.

“This is why we spend so much time and money on developing strengthening features in all our barrier ranges,” said Trellidor Highway franchise owner Des Brown.

“We are well aware that there is no physical barrier that is impenetrable, and it would be irresponsible of us to make that claim about any of our products. Given the right tools, enough time and a low risk of discovery, house breakers can get through just about anything. But well-designed barriers give you more of a chance to escape harm in an emergency situation.”

There are no standardised safety-gate strength tests in South Africa as there is no recognised body to perform such tests. This means manufacturers can reduce strengthening features in order to bring down costs.

“This goes against our commitment to help people stay safe at home and work. Surely, in a life-threatening situation you’d want the best value for money rather than the cheapest product on the market.”

Trellidor uses established international testing standards to make sure our products do the protection job expected of them. The tests were developed by the internationally recognised loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), an independent, third party certification body trusted by manufacturers and customers in the fire protection and security industries worldwide.

The LPCB has certified two high-end Trellidor retractable safety gate models so the manufacturer is very familiar with stringent testing procedures and uses these tests in-house to determine the strength of their various security gates and burglar bars.

“We highly recommend that residents try out security barriers before making their purchase. Trellidor franchises have fully equipped showrooms for this purpose and we encourage people to make use of this facility to test the strength of security barriers before making their choice,” said Brown. - Supplied.

We are well aware that there is no physical barrier that is impenetrable, and it would be irresponsible of us to make that claim about any of our products. Given the right tools, enough time and a low risk of discovery, house breakers can get through just about anything.

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