Home invasions in South Africa are unfortunately on the rise, leaving a lot of us feeling vulnerable and afraid for our family’s well-being. However, there are some things we can do to help prevent and deter this type of violent crime so that we can feel more secure and in control thus having more peace of mind. They say the best home invasion prevention is planning and education so we collected these 5 home security tips to help you reduce the risk and prevent home invasions.
1: Check, Check and Check Again
Put together a home security checklist and get the family to participate. A checklist goes a long way when you are leaving or arriving home. Ensure that you double check that all your doors, windows and garages are locked and secure. Even if you’re in a gated community, there’s still a risk and even the smallest of security measures taken can help with home invasion safety.
2: Don’t Forget the Basics
Burglar prevention tactics also go a long way to home invasion prevention. These include making sure your home and property are always well-lit and keeping the bushes and trees around your home well trimmed. Both of these help to illuminate dark areas where would-be criminals could easily hide out of sight while they wait for the opportunity to break in.
3: Early Warning Home Security – Trust Your Gut
It’s easy to get complacent, especially when we live in town houses or gated estates however, when it comes to home invasions there is no such thing as being overly cautious. Early warning can help protect you and your family from home invasions, especially when you’re at your most vulnerable: entering and leaving your home. Use peepholes or video intercoms before opening doors or gates. If something doesn’t feel right when you come home, you see something out of place that seems suspicious, or your dog who never barks, barks – don’t wait for confirmation, push your panic button or call your security company.
4: Make a Home Invasion Safety Plan
We know it’s a morbid topic and a difficult one to discuss, especially with young kids, but making a home invasion safety and home invasion prevention plan is vitally important for your family’s safety. From stranger-danger talks, home security checklists and discussing what to do in the worst case scenarios, can help deter and reduce the danger to your family in the event of a home invasion.
5: Home Improvements to Prevent Home Invasions
Installing solid core doors, heavy-duty locks and window security systems such as alarms, burglar bars and window restrictors such as LockLatches, can help stall a would-be invader. Stalling for time is one of the best home invasion prevention methods, as it gives you time to push your panic button and alert your security company and/or neighbours to a possible home invasion threat.
We hope these five prevention tactics offer extra peace of mind. For further home invasion safety tips to help your family stay safe and reduce danger during a home invasion, look out for next month’s article: 5 Strategies to help keep your family safe during a home invasion.
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