Most South Africans are aware of the increasing need to secure our homes from theft and violence.This is an unfortunate fact of present life in South Africa.We can call on government to make changes that will reduce criminal activity but any measures that are put in place for this purpose will take a long time to show any visible effect.
We need to have a realistic view on crime and protect ourselves as much as we can where we feel necessary.There are various options available to us some of which are,living in gated communities, having alarm systems installed on the premises, physical barriers like bars on windows and security cameras.
Security cameras are a great way to monitor premises at multiple points from one position.The person employed to monitor the feed from the cameras can be in one place watching everything that is going on in the property.This is very advantageous as you would need to employ minimal staff and have the cameras do alot of the work for you.However a human presence usually helps deter criminal activity.
Physical barriers also seem to do their job in most cases even if they get damaged in the attempt of a break-in.Putting bars on the doors and windows of a home may seem like an unacceptable compromise to alot people for many reasons, one of which is from an aesthetic perspective.Although making the house “ugly” is not always the reason for peoples’ reluctance to install such security measures.Alot of people feel they are being jailed in their own home instead of feeling as though they are keeping criminals out.
Whatever your perspective may be take the appropriate legal measures to protect your home and family and remember to plan your security for the holiday season aswell.Having a neighbour or friend check on your home while you are away can do alot to calm many fears.