How Safe is Your Home?

WHAT’S INSIDE

House breakings

Access Control

Surveillance

"A home should be a stockade, a refuge from the flaming arrows ofanxiety, tension and worry." - Wilfred Peterson.

Where do you feel safest? At home?
What is it about your home that makes you feel safe? There is no better feeling than retiring from a stressful day in a calm, safe environment where you can relax and let go of all the worries that have troubled you.

The reality of living in our beautiful country is that safety or feeling safe is never guaranteed.
Residing in a country with excessively high crime-rates brings about the stress of physical threats like being attacked, robbed or losing a loved one. In the day to day life we lead, being on-guard constantly also has a significant psychological and emotional effect.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs lists Safety as the second most crucial aspect of Human well-being after basic physiological needs such as air, water, food, shelter, sleep, clothing, and reproduction. Safety needs include personal security (protection against violence and theft), employment, resources, health, and property—all of these coming before needs of love, family, friendship and a sense of connection.

With this in mind, the value of safety, especially at home, is invaluable. Our homes are our sanctuaries, yet unfortunately, they are the most threatened environment in South Africa right now.

House Breakings

Statistics SA has outlined HouseBreakings as the number onecrime in South Africa.

Kwa-Zulu Natal recorded the highest percentage of housebreakings at 7.1%. In comparison, the Western Cape recorded 5.9%, and Gauteng recorded 5.3% in the 2019/2020 period.
“With an estimated 1,2 million incidences of housebreaking in 2019/20, and affecting 891 000 households in South Africa, this represented 5,3% of all households in the country. While incidents of housebreaking peaked in June and December during the 2018/19 period, housebreaking peaked in June, September, and December in 2019/20.” source: statssa.gov.za.

The second highest crime almost falls within the same category, but with a more violent characteristic. 415 000 households over the last five years experienced house robberies.

“Home robbery is regarded as a violent crime because people are at home when it takes place as compared to “housebreaking” (burglary), which occurs when the family is away from home. An estimated 169 000 incidences of home robberies occurred, affecting 139 000 households in 2019/20. The number of affected households represents 0,8% of all households in the country. About 55% of households that experienced home robbery reported it to the police.” source: statssa.gov.za.

Thankfully, the number of violent home robberies has declined slightly compared to the previous period in the last five years. Stats also show that weapons are used less frequently.

“In 65% of home robberies, no weapons were used.
In the 35% of cases where the robbers had weapons, guns were the most common option (47%), followed by knives (35%), metal bars (11%), and axes/pangas (6%). 

Installing a sense of comfort and contentment in your home comes with planning and securing the right tools to give you peace of mind, whether you’re at home or away. South African homes are often protected by booms and estate security to deter criminals from entering the area and making a quick getaway less likely. But very often, the standard security offered is not quite enough.

Here are some reasons why additional security tools need to be included:

ACCESS CONTROL

Yes, boom gates and security guards at the entrance to an estate offer some level of access control but qualifying a visitor and keeping a record of who is entering and leaving the area is often not controlled enough. Many estates and complexes, even office blocks, still use a handwritten book to sign people in. This means that anyone can enter the premises, as long as they have filled in the form, regardless of whether or not the information is accurate – how is the poor security guard to know otherwise?

Biometrics and access control devices allow property managers to store data on exactly who is coming in and out. In this case, should anything go wrong, there is a far more accurate method of tracking down the guilty party. Keep in mind that the risk is not only housebreakings but kidnappers and unwanted known visitors who may be likely to vandalise or act violently.

If we look deeper into the situation

SURVEILLANCE

If we look deeper into the situation

If we look deeper into the situation, providing security and contentment in your home needs to extend further than monitoring entrances and exits. Often threats lie within an estate or neighbourhood.

Installing efficient surveillance equipment allows homeowners and estate managers to monitor any internal threats. Some of which include:

Security guard activity
Are your security guards sleeping on the job? Are they in cahoots with an external syndicate? These are some aspects that need to be monitored closely to ensure that all of your bases are covered. Unfortunately, despite extensive training, security guards are likely to lose focus and energy, and there is always a risk of employing someone with ulterior motives too.

Teenager activity
While living in a safe estate environment, parents are likely to allow their children to socialise in parks or at each other’s houses during the day. Of course, if access is controlled, it is a reasonably safe environment to allow teenagers to do so. However, many of our clients have reported incidents where teenagers have been found vandalising property, dealing drugs, and interacting with suspicious visitors while their parents on non-the-wiser.

Investing in security means you are investing in your home, your children’s well-being, your comfort and peace-of-mind. Eliminate the possibility of being caught off guard so that your stress is reduced and taking a much-needed break is done with less worry and anxiety.

If you would like to find out more about the appropriate security tools to suit your needs, please contact us on admin@wmds.co.za or browse our products page for more.