Yale Security and ADT have provided guidance on how to make your home more secure.

June was National Home Security Month, a new initiative aimed at educating South Africans on matters relating to security in and around the home.

“National Home Security Month (NHSM) will meet that need by providing South Africans with impartial, independent information and advice and guidance on home security and safety,” said the initiative’s spokesperson Hayley Elwen.

NHSM has partnered with safety and security authorities like ER24, ADT, Yale Security, Union, and Mul-T-Lock – bringing experts together to help South Africans protect their family and home. According to Elwen, securing your home is critical to keeping your family safe, with visible security an excellent deterrent.

NHSM provided the following tips from Yale Security and ADT for keeping your house secure.

 

Perimeter wall and gates

Electric-gate

 

  • Check if your gate can be lifted off its rail. You can install a metal anti-lift bracket to ensure it can’t be.
  • Check if the gate motor is accessible from outside your fence. If so, install anti-theft brackets.
  • If you have a manual gate, check the locking mechanism. If it’s locked by a chain and padlock, make sure the padlock cannot be easily cut (a discus lock, or a lock with a smaller shackle).
  • Check areas which make the gate climbable. A palisade gate works well, as there is only one bottom and one top support strut, making it tougher to climb. Ensure that your electric fence covers the full area.

 

Alarm systems

Alarm-system

 

  • Ensure your alarm system is always armed if you leave the house.
  • Arm your exterior beams at night.
  • Test your alarm system and panic buttons regularly with your security service provider.
  • Keep a panic button close by and ensure the family knows where it is situated.

Security gates

Security-door

 

  • Make sure you buy a security gate from a reputable dealer, and that it is made from tough materials.
  • Make sure any welding is done properly, that there are no weak points, and that the frame is solidly attached to the wall. Attaching it to a wooden door frame makes the gate weaker.
  • Make sure the hinges are strong and are the correct specification. Ensure the hinges cannot be accessed when the gate is closed.
  • Ask the installer to weld a plate over the length of the gate and over the frame to prevent anyone from inserting a crowbar between the gate and the frame. If you cannot install a plate, make sure the gap between the gate and the frame is as narrow as possible.

 

Doors

Door-lock

Doors are shattered in 42% of robberies, so make sure they are as strong as possible.

  • Your door should be solid, not a hollow-core version which is easy to break through.
  • Strong locks need to be purchased and installed.
  • Be sure to choose a quality brand of lock that is SABS-approved.
  • Two and three-lever locks come with keys, purchased off the shelf at hardware stores. Make sure you fit a four or five-lever lock with unnumbered keys, or a cylinder lock.
  • Add a latch in addition to your existing lock, so there are two locking points.
  • Install a double-throw lock, where the lock projection goes further into the door frame – making it tougher to force the door open.

 

-- Original Article by MyBroadband

 

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