Stylish and savvy security ideas for your home

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A beautiful steel security gate that pays tribute to the homeowners’ love of dogs has been left to rust for an attractive patina and an old-world look. The steel was cut by hand with an oxyacetylene torch and then fitted onto a wooden frame, which is lockable. Gate design by artist Andrea Desmond-Smith and the late Kobus Stander
A beautiful steel security gate that pays tribute to the homeowners’ love of dogs has been left to rust for an attractive patina and an old-world look. The steel was cut by hand with an oxyacetylene torch and then fitted onto a wooden frame, which is lockable. Gate design by artist Andrea Desmond-Smith and the late Kobus Stander

Photographs Henrique Wilding

While it might not be a pleasant topic to talk about, good home security is an absolute must in our beautiful country with its high crime statistics. For most people, there are two main considerations: keeping the bad guys out when you’re not at home and staying safe when you’re asleep at night – in essence, creating safe zones inside your house.

Traditional burglar bars and security gates can be unattractive. “Security measures such as gates and burglar bars are often a grudge purchase,” says architectural designer Jenny Collins of Red Cat Design. “We know we need them, but we don’t really want to spend lots of money on them, especially if they’re not aesthetically pleasing.

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