SA’s crime rates are growing at a steady rate. This is why security regardless of whether it is for your home or office should be a top priority.
We’ve all heard this sometime in our life “We’ve got the best security product on the market for you,” and most of the time end up disappointed as we become tied into a company who subcontracts or whose quality is not what’s expected!
South Africa’s crime rates are growing at a steady rate. This is why security regardless of whether it is for your home or office should be a top priority.
In 2018, reported burglaries at residential premises were sitting at 228 094 and burglaries at commercial premises were sitting at 71 195.
Commercial and residential properties largely use guards as their form of security, and whilst this is part of a tangible solution to preventing a crime near you, is it really the best option if you’re trying to find the most cost-effective way?
A quick fix to the problem
That’s what we’re all going for, but when you compare manpower to installing a deterrent towards a potential criminal activity threat, which option would be most likely to catch even the smarter criminals.
A guard means: Real-time threat monitoring on site until officials arrive. However, most guards cannot carry fired weapons on them, therefore if the criminal manpower is stronger than that of the hired guard, then this form of security becomes futile.
An installed security unit such as a CCTV or alarm system means:
- Delayed off-site action
- 24hour live stream watched from a control room to view suspicious activity
- Alarm Systems will alert a control room and a reaction vehicle will be sent out with immediate effect
- CCTV footage can be used to display to police and officials as well as being utilised for insurance claiming purposes.
When we asked company director Mark Woolgar from Securi-Fire on this statement, he said: “Security footage is often reviewed and used in finding and prosecuting offenders, we’ve helped clients time and again with various problems.”
Let’s talk safety in your home environment
We understand that it’s a topic most try to avoid, especially those with young children, as they don’t want to unnecessary scare them. However, no matter the age, everyone in the home or office area should be briefed on actions to take in an emergency.
Tips to keeping you and your family safe:
- Ensure your child knows how to use a telephone
- Ensure your child knows where the emergency contact information is (fridge door) or teach them to memorise the information
- Ensure your child knows how to react in a home emergency situation
Role play a scenario at home
- Ensure your child is able to state their full name, age, address and contact details of his/her parents
- Ensure everyone always understands how to operate the security systems installed in their home/office
- If possible have a safe area with a spare phone in for those emergency situations
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Don’t be caught unaware, always be prepared!