Physical Security Measures an Integral part of your Home
16 July 2009
Trellidor offers planning assistance for essential security
Physical security measures are increasingly an integral part of a home or office building's armour against potential criminal activity, but is often retrofitted and compromised by inadequate planning. Trellidor offers a planning service for new builds or alterations that ensures barrier security is unobtrusive, highly effective and adequately catered for in the building's design.
"Forward planning helps avoid potential problems such as window recesses that are too small to fit barriers inside the window frame and doorways that are significantly reduced in size when sliding security is stacked to one side," said Trellidor Brand & Public Relations Manager Charlene Erasmus.
Attractive design features such as large expanses of glass, double volume entrance areas and very large front doors that swivel open all present challenges in terms of security and can be better protected by physical barriers if taken into account early on.
Other security design problems that are seldom considered include external doors that open inwards, forcing the fitting of barriers to the outside rather than the more secure option of an internal fit; burglar guards that don't conform to the maximum opening sizes allowed by insurance companies; and special needs such as wheelchairs that should be facilitated by recessed security gate tracks.
Trellidor security consultants have faced many of these predicaments when fitting fixed and sliding security barriers to homes and offices, and frequently share their experiences with architects, builders and homeowners. "For instance, we've had an increasing number of requests for assistance in planning the location and fitting of safe rooms," said Charlene.
Safe rooms are becoming more common in both homes and offices as people realize the sense in having a room to hide in should the premises be invaded by criminals. These usually have sliding security on the windows to allow for possible escape but must obviously be located on the ground floor to avoid the risk of injury.
"We offer a free security assessment of existing buildings, both residential and commercial, and will advise on how best to secure the openings, what level of security is required and what products to choose," Said Charlene.Press Releases