Home security vital

2017-11-29 06:00

At this time of year there is an increase in house and vehicle break-ins.

In a statement, Verena Hulme, district manager of Fidelity ADT Security, highlights the urgency of getting ones’ security in order, taking certain pre­cautions and being organised.

The company gives these top-ten security tips:

  • Ensure that your alarm is in working order by testing it at least three weeks before going on holiday.
  • Ensure there are no gaps in your fence or unintentional points of access to your home which may need additional security.
  • Connecting outdoor lights to timers and motion sensors act as additional precaution.
  • Advise your security company of your holiday plans at least two weeks before you leave on holiday. Should something happen while you are away, it is essential that they have the updated information of all keyholders and details of domestic workers, gardeners or housesitters who may be staying on the property while you are away.
  • Inform your neighbours and neighbourhood watch of your holiday plans so that they can keep an eye on your property while you are away.
  • Stop all newspaper and other deliveries and arrange that someone collects your mail while you are away – a bulging mail box is a clear indication that you are not home.
  • If you have hired a housesitter, teach them how to use your alarm system.
  • Make sure that all bushes or trees close to your doors and garage are trimmed, to avoid the possibility of intruders hiding behind these.
  • Be discreet when packing your car – do so behind closed doors, if possible in your garage.
  • Do a quick once-over before you set off. Double check that you have locked and secured all windows and doors.
  • Do not leave ladders, spades or tools outside, as these can be excellent break-in tools. Ensure that cell phones, valuables and remote controls for ­automatic gates and garage doors are not left lying around.

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