SA tombstones set to get security systems in 2014

By admin
21 December 2013

The world’s first security system for tombstones will be launched early in the new year in South Africa and the UK to try to clamp down on the high incidence of tombstone theft.

It's a sad state of affairs that we need this but the world’s first security system for tombstones will be launched early in the new year in South Africa and the UK to try to clamp down on the high incidence of tombstone theft. tomb stone Mark Pringle, the manager of Chaldean Trading 9 (Pty) Ltd, which developed the security system, says tombstone theft is a major problem in South Africa. About 20 tombstones were stolen from the Avalon and West Park cemeteries in Johannesburg during November alone, reports timeslive.co.za.

There’s no monthly fee, only a once-off payment.

“Cemetery theft and vandalism has a tremendous impact on the family,” Pringle told YOU. “Tombstones hold cultural, emotional and financial values and discovering an incident of theft or vandalism is often traumatic for the family.”

He says the new security system, Memorial Alert, will be implanted in granite tombstones and cannot be seen with the naked eye or removed. “Any unauthorised tampering with the tombstone will activate a series of notification alarms. Firstly, an audible cemetery siren will alert staff and cemetery management of unauthorised tampering with a tombstone in the cemetery.

“Secondly, numerous SMS messages will be sent to delegated family members informing them of the incident at the tombstone. The notification messages can also be linked to security for additional response.

“The size and mass of the average tombstone requires time and effort to remove. In the instance of an immediate audible cemetery alarm, we do not believe that the culprits will have time to complete their actions.”

The cost of the service will be announced early in the new year. There’s no monthly fee, only a once-off payment. The battery to run the system will have to be replaced every three years at a minimal charge.

Pringle says tombstones with the Memorial Alert security system can also be insured.

– Christiaan Boonzaier

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