Security company - bent on protecting families and deterring criminals

2016-04-19 06:00

ENFORCE Security is urging residents to carefully consider their home security measures and ensure that, in addition to protecting their families, they also play a role in deterring criminals.

In South Africa’s current criminal climate, the clichéd saying, “prevention is better than cure” has never rung more true.

Enforce director Derek Lategan explains that the 4D strategy – deter, detect, delay, and detain – is the best approach to residential security, and that deterring crime is the first line of defence for any home.

This is because criminals operate on a risk versus rewards basis and will weigh up their chances of getting caught with their desire for what is in a home.

“So if, from the start, your home appears to make entry and access difficult – and therefore result in a higher chance of arrest – it is likely they will opt for another target.

“This is why deterrence is so important. Despite the expertise of skilled reaction officers, dedicated SAPS officers, and experienced private investigators to respond to and investigate crime incidents, the first priority in home security is always to prevent a crime occurring in the first place.”

Lategan explained that having a home alarm system was an integral aspect to securing a home, and a measure that should by no means be underestimated.

However, it was not advisable for families to rely solely on this technology, particularly as many criminals would still break into a home, despite it being armed.

“Criminals will take their chances, especially if they believe that whatever is in your home is worth the risk.

“They also know that, despite the possibility of triggering your alarm system, it will take armed response a few minutes to reach your property. Highly organised syndicates have been known to clear out homes in less than five minutes.”

Nonetheless, having an alarm system – and ensuring that it is always armed, even if a home owner is only away for a short period – is a “non-negotiable”, said Lategan.

In addition to a home alarm – and the visible sign boards of private security companies – perimeter fencing and walls should be robust, and gates always locked. Barking dogs can also be daunting.

But even working together, more is needed to optimally secure a home and deter criminals.

Lategan said: “Criminal modi operandi are ever-changing, and this is why multilayered and integrated approaches to security are so important.

“Private security industries in South Africa and globally are always stepping up to these new challenges, and with the rate of technological advancement in the world, there are always new technological capabilities to tackle crime head on.”

He explained that electric fencing made criminals think twice about targeting­ your home, as did visible CCTV cameras as they know these increased their chances of being identified, tracked down, and arrested.

“Community CCTV cameras also served to divert criminals from neighbourhoods as they were highly visible and connected to the alarm systems of the homes in the area.

“In the event of alarm activation, control room operators are immediately presented with live images from the related community camera, and can both verify the alarm signal and respond to the threat appropriately.

“Knowing that these cameras also allow private security professionals to take frequent virtual patrols of an area makes criminals less likely to target homes in the vicinity.”

Another recommended deterrent advised by Lategan are external beams as these usually result in criminals abandoning their attempts to break into a home.

This is because they know armed response has already been dispatched and would more than likely reach the house before they are able to break in, let alone steal anything.

“It all comes down to mind-set changes as the key to preventing crime and ensuring the safety of your loved ones is to realise that crime trends and criminals’ modus operandi are ever-evolving.

As such, the best way to protect your home is to meet the threats with a multi-layered approach.

“In today’s world, security is no longer a luxury and a basic alarm system is no longer enough to keep you safe.

“You need to do all you can to prevent becoming a victim. After all, there can be no compromise on your loved ones’ safety,” Lategan concluded.

- Supplied.

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