Panic Buying leads to Poor Security
16 July 2009
Panic buying of security products after an increase in house break-ins in Margate could lead to poor choices and a false sense of security, says Johan du Plessis of Roll-a-Fold, our local Trellidor franchisee. "A better solution in the long run is to approach the problem of increasing security measures with a plan so that residents end up with the right products for their particular needs," he says.
To make it easier for those in a dilemma as to how to beef up their home security in the best possible way, Johan suggests the following:
- Secure all windows and doors with barriers so that if your other security measures are breached, the perpetrators are stilled barred from getting inside.
- Don't ‘buy down' in the search for short term financial savings because the costs could be far greater in the long run.
- Many break-ins occur through the lock area, so purchase the toughest lock as possible.
- Get a professional to assess your home's current security. They'll check that every door and window is secured with barriers that aren't damaged or corroded and suggest corrective measures if they are.
- Set up a safe area as a haven to hide in and call for help. It needs sliding window barriers and a door barrier.
- Be disciplined about using your security measures and lock up even if you're home.
- Use your security gate to screen unknown visitors and don't let them in if you're unsure.
- Don't buy into the myth of housing estates being completely secure. Take responsibility for security in your unit.
- Barriers should be designed to allow everyone to leave the building with ease in an emergency. Trellidor has solutions for special needs, e.g. tracks that lift up out of the way.
"We have a product range to suit all budgets and are happy to provide a free security assessment to any resident that is concerned about their security. We'll help them choose barriers that will be uncompromising in doing their job for many years to come," offered Johan.
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