Security companies - a waste of money?

2017-04-11 06:02
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WITH crime levels on a constant increase many Upper Highway residents feel that having a security company and armed response is a waste of time and money. 

Some are also questioning the credibility of security companies and feel they could be linked to the crime as well.

Linda Peters said she thinks that having added security is sometimes a threat to the homeowner as criminals believe there is something inside to “protect”.

“Although we want added protection for our families, criminals get the wrong impression.

“I also feel that even with armed response we not always protected as response times are not very fast. It makes me question the need for the service.”

Another resident, who commented anonymously, said there were recent reports that armed response offers of a security company were linked to the increase of crime in the Upper Highway area.

“I don’t see why we should pay these companies if they are not keeping us safe.
“If we pay for a service we need to see results of crime being lowered,” said the resident.

However, Enforce managing director Derek Lategan said that crime has changed over the decades and crime-fighting responses have also needed to adapt.

“Enforce has maintained for years that house alarms and armed response is no longer enough to fight crime. Yet this does not mean these measures are not necessary.

“We still believe that having home alarm systems linked to armed response professionals and private security companies are integral because not only do they mitigate loss, they also ensure that should criminals enter your property and/or home, armed response will be there within minutes.
And this is crucial in cases where residents are at home at the time of the crime.

He said that such systems also serve as deterrents.
“Many criminals will still take the risk if they believe the rewards inside the home is worth it.
A home without an alarm system and armed response will more than likely be targeted by opportunistic criminals over a home that is protected by such measures.”

He said Enforce employees are thoroughly background checked before they employ them.
“If, however, there are indications that any of our employees are involved in any kind of criminal activity then we encourage people to report this to us.”

Ivan Govender, KZN district manager for Fidelity ADT, said that private security is integral to reducing crime.

“It is important to be sure that the private security service provider you intend to appoint is reputable and has the right credentials before placing your trust in them.
“It is also always important to make sure you have an effective perimeter security system in place, to help keep criminals off your property.

“Asking the right questions will go a long way to ensuring your peace of mind such as what is the company’s standing with the industry’s regulatory bodies [Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority], how many patrol vehicles will service the area, do their officers have formal training, are they qualified, and are there sufficient safety measures in place such as armour plated vehicles and kevlar helmets and vests for armed response staff?

“You can also ask a provider to do an audit of your existing security measures, so that you know where the gaps are.
“If you ask the right questions and do your homework today, you should be able to sleep assured tonight that you have appointed the best company to come to your aid in an emergency,” he added.

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