BUDS are opening on trees; the grass is turning green and there’s definitely a hint of spring in the air. Charnel Hattingh, National Communications and Marketing Manager for Fidelity ADT, says now is a great time to do a security spring clean. “Spring should be the only thing in your garden this September so make sure your perimeter security and home security is in tip top condition,” she says. Like any other appliance, a security system will experience wear and tear and needs to be maintained regularly to ensure it works optimally. “What’s most important is that you test your system. With life as busy as it is, it may have been some time since you last did a check. It’s quick and easy,” she says. “Testing your alarm can be done remotely over the phone. If anything out of the ordinary is noted, a technician can be dispatched to sort out the problem. Testing should please be done at non-peak times, at least once a month.” Dirt, dust and insects can also cause problems with gate motors, beams and sensors. “It may be worth walking around the house inside and out and giving everything a good wipe including outside lights, beams and so on. You may also need to take covers off to check whether there are ants, spiders and so on that need to be removed. If in doubt, call a professional to help you,” she says.. Over time home security needs can change. Hattingh says now is also a good time for you to re-assess your overall security needs: “You may want to consider additional or motion-sensing lights or outdoor beams. Make sure your gate is secured and can’t be lifted off the rails. Trim back foliage which may interfere with your electric fence. Remember, your security service provider can offer advice if there is any uncertainty on how to identify security needs.” Other tips regarding good security habits this spring include equipping your domestic staff with panic buttons and making sure they know what to do and who to contact in an emergency. “Why not get to know your neighbours and your neighbourhood this spring too. And please ensure that your security service provider has the most up-to-date key-holder contact details for you. We want to make sure we can get to you when you need help. Have a happy and safe springtime,” Hattingh concludes.