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Home owners are very quick to blame the local authorities and community platforms for not doing enough to secure their neighbourhoods. Burglaries are escalating in all areas due to our country's socio-economic circumstances - poverty and unemployment. So opportunistic thieves take advantage of poorly protected properties where owners have not taken it upon themselves to ensure that they have made it "more difficult" to gain quick and easy access.
Layering your defences and preventing immediate entrance is the best way of deterring your general "smash 'n grab' burglar. However, your property does not need to end up looking like Fort Knox or Alcatraz and the panoramic views can still be enjoyed. The idea is to catch the petty thief "off guard" but making your home impenetrable unless they come equipped with heavy-duty tools requiring time and noise to operate.
Other than the more obvious electric fences and unsightly and, as in most cases, older security structures (bars and gates) there are now revolutionary and technologically advanced products on the market for upgrading the security of your home's weakest security point - glass windows and doors.
Security film and transparent burglar bars, both made of "space-age" materials, offer the educated home owner an "invisible" option to transform and upgrade their existing glass and opening windows and doors with a virtually impenetrable security solution. Security film, on particularly the unprotected "middle windows" and transparent burglar bars, in double-anchored aluminium frames, prevent the intruder from gaining easy, quick access by holding the broken glass in the frame or the polycarbonate thermoplastic bars in place, even through multiple hits. Additional attempts to get in generates greater noise and disturbance, which invariably deters the burglar when faced with the option to continue or hopefully leave and try elsewhere.
If you want to find out more about upgrading your home's security visit: www.gss-sa.co.za
I don't have an alarm. I chased the security people away. I do not have any burglar alarms, except two small ones on the two doors that goes out on the street.
When we go out I sometimes leave the front door and garage doors open. Who would ever break into an open house? I don't even have insurance for breaking and stealing, it cost to much.
I have 3 dogs, Alsation, Staffie (retired, sleeps in our bedroom) and worshond. The neighbours all look onto our house. All neighbours around me have electric fences. My front fence is forked and next to it I have very nice thorn plants...
And then I trust Almighty God and his angels to protect us.
We have lived like this more than 5 years.
I sleep soundly at night.
PS: I work in the communities, regularly many black people come to my house and are very surprised at my security.