From burglaries to armed robberies and home invasions – perimeter security is your first line of defence and should be treated as such.
Electric fencing is a must for any residential property since, without it, criminals can easily access your property and burglarize your home or, attack the occupants and launch a home invasion. Electric fence installations must be done by trained professionals and the system must be properly maintained.
Basic maintenance includes trimming branches and foliage that are hanging on the wires and conducting regular checks to ensure the fence is live and working properly. At a minimum, an electric fence system should incorporate 3 earth spikes (which cause the electric shocks), however, the more the better.
The electric fence wires must be well tensioned and, earth loops should be installed to prevent wire separation. Finally, the electric fence system should be connected to your security alarm system so that any attempted breach will be responded to by a security company – quickly and efficiently.
Having to open and close your gate manually is very dangerous and will give robbers the opportunity they need to attack or hijack you in your driveway – driveway gates must be automated. Electric gates must be fitted with anti-lift brackets and must open and close quickly – a slow gate is just as bad as a manual gate.
If you’re concerned about your gate closing on your vehicle you can have security beams installed to prevent the gate from closing if there is an obstruction in the way. You may be worried that criminals will be able to stop the gate from closing and follow you into your property, however, modern systems will sound an alarm and notify your security company if the gate remains open for more than a predetermined period of time.
Your gate motor should also be fitted with battery back-up so that operation can continue during load shedding and power cuts. Gate motors should also be connected to your alarm system so that your security company can be alerted in the event that criminals tamper with your gate or prevent it from closing.
An intercom system is usually viewed as a mere convenience but, they are part of any home security system and can increase security dramatically. Intercom systems allow residents to communicate with and, screen visitors without having to leave the security of the home and make their way to the entrance.
Video intercom systems can also allow you to see who is at your gate or if there are any suspicious people lurking around the front of your property. If you have children, an intercom system is essential to ensure their safety.
All home alarm security systems work on the same basic principle of securing entry points, like doors and windows, as well as interior space containing valuables like art, computers, guns, and coin collections. Regardless of the size of your home, or the number of doors and windows or interior rooms a homeowner decides to protect, the only real difference is in the number of security components deployed throughout the home and monitored by the control panel.