5 Changes You Can Make to Your Home to Keep Your Family Safe in South Africa

There is nothing more important than the safety of your family. Crime rates in South Africa are souring, and it’s affecting everyone. Just between April and June this year (2021) 10 000 people have been raped and 5 760 people murdered. In just three months!!! 

You read about hijackings, robberies and murders in the news every day. While there’s not much we can do about that, there are some precautions we can take to avoid becoming a victim ourselves. Below are five components that will help discourage intruders from entering your home uninvited.

Automated Gate

Between 2016 and 2017, more than 30 000 people fell victim to hijacking in South Africa. It is believed that every day around 84 people is hijacked. More often than not, unaware victims are followed home and confronted in their own driveway. You have a better chance of being safe when you have an automated gate that runs fast and efficient to keep the perpetrators from getting to you. If you suspect someone is following you, drive a different route home. If they’re still behind you, drive to the nearest police station. 

Electric Fencing 

Electric fencing won’t stop intruders from entering your property, but it will help to deter thieves from targeting your home in the first place since it makes their escape more challenging. Ensure that your electric fencing is turned on and in working condition at all times. 

Alarm System

There’s no way a South African family will ever feel safe in their own home at night without an alarm system. While an alarm system might not 100% guarantee that thieves won’t enter your home, it will stop them in their tracks as soon as the alarm goes off, and they will make a break for it. Responding times of alarm companies are also pretty fast. 

CCTV 

CCTV cameras are more than a nice to have. Did you know that CCTV footage can provide vital evidence in a court of law should your property be targeted by intruders? Ensure that your CCTV footage is of decent quality since low-resolution video could prove to be problematic.

Palisade Fencing

Palisade Fencing is one of the better fencing solutions for protecting your home and business. Solid walls might look great but gives the intruder ample hiding space and opportunity to surprise you. With palisade fencing, there’s no place to hide. Quality palisade fencing can’t be bent or broken without force and a big commotion that will attract attention. If you value your safety, palisade fencing is the way to go. 

No amount of security will 100% keep intruders from entering your home if they really want to. But if you make it as hard as possible for them, they might think twice. Combining two or more of the solutions mentioned above will help protect your loved ones from the evil crimes we face in our beloved country.