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Updating security should be a priority for homeowners this year, says Charnel Hattingh, marketing and communications manager at Fidelity ADT.

One of the most important considerations is that security providers have access to properties, as well as homeowners’ updated contact details.

“High walls and electric fences are a great deterrent to keep criminals out, but they can also have the reverse effect if they prevent security officers from accessing your property.”

Hattingh encourages homeowners to consider either a lockbox or digipad if access to the property is difficult. Both can be accessed only with a secure code shared between the homeowner and the security company. As long as that code is not changed the system works well.

“Homeowners should remember to check the battery of the remote in your lockbox every six months.”

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