Considering how often we read about house break-ins, burglaries, or more awful, families being assaulted or held prisoner in their own homes or perhaps catch wind of nearer to-home occurrences around the braai, home security remains a worry for most of us.

We have put a few tips together to ensure that your property is burglar-proof and that your loved ones are safe.

CCTV on the perimeter of your home is essential

The perimeter of your home is the first element you must secure.

Smart security creates convenience, but traditional solid, mechanical security is still important.

CCTV cameras should monitor your driveway and perimeter.

Using an electric fence to deter intruders

The next step is an electric fence. The electric fence should follow industry guidelines to ensure it is not easily penetrated.

Have a good-quality driveway gate

Your gate should have an anti-lift device to ensure it cannot be taken off its rails, while the gate motor should be secured with an anti-theft bracket.

Pedestrian access gates and doors should be locked with a cylinder lock or four-lever mortice lock. If you use a hasp and staple, the padlock should be the right size.

A security gate as well as a door are ideal here.

Have another layer of perimeter security

Apart from an electric fence, have another security layer in place – like exterior beams.

Exterior beams can pick up movement and activate an alarm system, warning you of an intrusion.

Burglar-proof windows

Windows must be burglar-proof. Burglar bars on all windows are essential.

Make sure they’re made of solid or strong steel and built into the wall, not the wooden window frame that can be ripped out.

Strong doors with good locks

Doors must be solid, not hollow, with a four-lever mortice or cylinder lock.

A multi-point lock, which locks at the top, middle, and bottom, is an excellent idea for main doors.

A deadbolt or night latch will also offer a point of resistance. A long metal strip should also be welded over any gap that a crowbar can fit through.

An intercom system

An intercom lets you buzz people in while you’re inside the house and view them from a monitor.

A mobile viewing app allows you to see guests or tradesmen and control their access from the safety of your home.

A smart alarm system

An alarm system, with door and window contacts, activates an alarm if any entry is detected.

Vibration sensors can be included to activate the alarm in the case of a window breakage.

All entrance points should be covered by the alarm system ensuring that no one can slip through.

Using a reputable security company

SJC Security is here to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe in the comfort of your home and therefore a reputable security company that can communicate with homeowners to protect their home and react to intrusions.

Alerting companies about emergencies

A mobile panic button is also available through SJC’s mobile app service that allows you to have access to a panic button, medical services as well as a tracking service.

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