Centurion Systems, a leading South African gate automation and access control company, below shares some tips on how we can better safeguard ourselves and significantly minimise the likelihood of home invasion. Points covered are: Be vigilant; detect intruders; keep your drive-way well lit; keep your gate motor secure; and be well informed. As per Charl Mijnhardt:
“While the SAPS have made incredible strides in combating crime in South Africa, residential burglary and robberies are still major problems that see thousands of homes ransacked and residents traumatised every year. Home invasion is an intensely personal attack, an invasion of our privacy and an affront to our sense of security and wellbeing. In short, when intruders enter our homes, we feel violated.
A major component of the distress we feel after our homes have been burgled, is the prevailing sense of helplessness. But this need not always be the case. Centurion Systems, a leading South African gate automation and access control company, shares some tips below on how we can better safeguard ourselves and significantly minimise the likelihood of home invasion.
Most readers have no-doubt heard the expression ‘prevention is better than cure’, and this philosophy certainly rings true when it comes to effective intruder detection.
Any suspicious activity in the vicinity of your house should be reported immediately to the police or your local armed response company. Even if you have the slightest inkling that the loiterers in front of your gate might be up to no good, notify the authorities and rest easy in the knowledge that you might just have spared you and your family the trauma of being burgled.
In this instance, as with so many facets of modern life, technology is your friend. CENTURION has developed a range of innovative gate automation devices for bringing perimeter security to the home front. The D-Series range of gate motors, for example, incorporates the revolutionary Intruder-detection Alarm feature-set which can be interfaced with standard infrared safety beams and set to give an audible output whenever the beams are interrupted. This feature-set, which consists of the Ambush Alarm and Break-in Alarm, can also be relayed to a security company for a comprehensive perimeter protection infrastructure.
While criminals have undeniably become bolder in their efforts to get their hands on our possessions, the majority of them still operate under cover of darkness. A well-lit driveway should go a long way towards ensuring that there is no devious activity taking place at the entrance to your property. In addition, crime statistics do seem to indicate that the driveway is the setting for a disconcerting number of attacks on homeowners, with opportunistic criminals often hiding in the shadows, waiting to pounce.
Some modern gate motors, such as those manufactured by CENTURION, make provision for the connection of pillar lights which can be configured to switch on the moment that the motor is activated, bathing your driveway in light and hopefully driving away any unwanted nocturnal visitors.
If the gate is the final bastion between us and the outside world, then a gate motor is its armour, working in tandem with the gate to create a formidable barrier while also providing supreme convenience and functionality. Unfortunately, an alarming trend has emerged of late whereby criminals prise open gate motors in order to steal the lead-acid batteries inside, or they simply remove the entire unit from its foundation plate and abscond with it. This has become a real problem in suburban neighbourhoods, with some properties being targeted two or three times over the course of a month.
But, once again, being prepared is half the battle won. It is recommended that a reliable theft-resistant cage from a reputable gate automation manufacturer, is fitted. These theft-resistant cages fit snugly over installed gate motors and, when secured with a high-quality padlock, will go a long way towards minimising the likelihood of your operator being stolen or otherwise tampered with.
‘Education is the movement from darkness to light’, said Allan Bloom – and there are a number of things we can do to make that pivotal transition. Joining a neighbourhood block watch, or simply keeping an eye on your local newspaper for current crime trends in your neighbourhood, will help you always be in the know when it comes to keeping criminals off your property. The notion that crooks are always one step ahead is a pure fallacy and, with the right tools and know-how, you’ll always be firmly in the lead.
There are also more palpable means of being well-informed. GSM devices such as the CENTURION G-SWITCH-22 can be configured to send a text message to your mobile phone whenever your infrared safety beams are interrupted, or even when your alarm is triggered at home. This is intruder detection at its most intuitive.”
The foregoing was received from Centurion Systems. More info can be obtained from their website http://www.centsys.co.za/ or email@example.com or directly from Charl.Mijnhardt@centurionsystems.co.za.
Following is a security alert from ADT followed by more general notes on criminals possibly posing as innocent service providers and tips.
SECURITY ALERT FROM ADT
“Recent incidents have prompted us to reiterate the warning about criminals posing as service providers. A warning has been placed on Facebook about two men in the Chantelle, Akasia and Orchards areas who ring the buzzer and tell the domestic worker they were sent by the owner to read the electricity. When let in these criminals will overpower the domestic worker and ransack the property.
This is not an isolated incident and has been reported throughout Pretoria. We are urging all our clients to inform their domestic workers and children on what to look out for.
Let's continue to work together to keep your suburbs safe.”
The above was received from ADT. If something suspicious is noticed (LS1), report it to the JOC at 0861 571 911. Or – get direct; get a radio: It can save precious time in a crisis situation.
MORE CRIMINAL POSINGS AS INNOCENT
I heard last week a horror story of someone in a Hyundai that was kidnapped in the Kempton Park area by corrupted police/people convincingly posing as police officers. The guy, who was saved only by his car’s security system not allowing criminal-intended resale of the vehicle, was sent home in his underwear (even his denim and tekkies were stolen!) He was lying for hours with his face to the ground. When he afterwards tried to report the matter at the police he was not believed …. This phenomenon was recently carried on Carte Blanche.
Unfortunately this happens in any sector; the police or security companies are unfortunately not above that. Recently there was a story of one of the security companies’ staff in Sandton posing to check on the safety of a member. The member opened the door, only to discover it was a hoax and was held up by armed robbers.
I had a scary experience recently when a potential buyer came to look at my house, which is for sale: They came in (he had the looks of a drug lord) and took pictures all over the place. This stresses that one really cannot trust anyone … especially in our homes.
IN ADDITION TO ADT’S TIPS ABOVE
A good statement I recently came upon was that a community who is not willing to take responsibility for their own security is a doomed community. Money cannot buy everything.
How do they get away?
This was at Kliprivier Drive south of Johannesburg 15 hours ago..(see my time below)
I saw the other day a pick-up-truck-type of vehicle – those that a car can drive up to – under the bridge on Ben Schoeman south just before/under the bridge with Jean Avenue – with the back open and let down. I did not think much of it at the time; only later one realises what it could have been …
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