News, Videos & Blog

Trellidor security gate saves two women from a nasty fate

Middelburg Observer article

The Middelburg Observer of Friday 13 April featured a nasty home invasion experienced by a mother and daughter.  Their Trellidor security gate in the passage saved them from further trauma and is a reminder to all of us to create a ‘safe area ’ at home.  Here are some tips on what to do.

The newspaper article (‘Ganghek Stuit Inbrekers’, Middelburg Observer, Friday 13 April) detailed how the two women were alone at night in their house, sleeping, when they heard intruders in the living area.  Fortunately they had a security gate in their passage which the intruders were unable to break through to get to the women, despite their best attempts. 

The mother and daughter said they ‘owed their lives to Trellidor’(‘Ons het ons lewens to danke aan die Trellidor’).  The security gate held so fast that the women’s rescuers (members of the Hendrina Radio Eienaars Forum) had quite a job to forcibly cut the gate open to let them out. 

Trellidor Middelburg sales manager Jeremy Montgomery sent Trellidor Technician Bill Lambert out to temporarily repair the gate the next day and Trellidor Middelburg will soon be replacing it with a new one in the passage.

This incident shows how important it is to have a ‘safe area’ in your home.  This is a section of your home that is completely secured with the best home security systems you can afford; a place where you can sleep easily at night or lock yourself into if intruders get in. 

Here are some Trellidor tips for creating secure safe rooms in your house:

  • Select an area to secure completely – usually the bedroom wing.
  • Fit reliable barriers on every single external door and window, even if it’s on the second floor.
  • Fit a barrier in the passage or at the stairway to the second floor.  This could be a sliding security gate such as a Trellidor Retractable unit, a roller shutter such as Trellidor Rollerstyle, or a security screen door such as Trellidor Clear Guard.
  • Install a sliding burglar guard (i.e. one that can open) on at least one window in the safe area to use as an escape route if necessary, particularly if there’s a fire.  All of the Trellidor ranges mentioned above have window burglar guards that open.
  • Lock your passage/stairway gate when you go to bed at night to avoid a nasty surprise.
  • Don’t leave security gate keys lying around where home invaders can find them.
  • Make sure you have a cell phone with you so that you can call for help if necessary.
  • Have emergency numbers programmed into your phone so that they’re easy to find in a panic.

The Middelburg family was part of a neighbourhood watch (Hendrina Radio Eienaars Forum) and it’s a good idea to belong to something similar, especially in isolated areas, so that help can get to you quickly in an emergency.


* Information true and correct at the time of publish
Find Out More

Order your Trellidor Today

Ordering your Trellidor is easy! We have over 70 stores around South Africa, so by booking an appointment with one of our trained security experts located near you, you will get the best deals and understanding about your home / business security.

Thank you for your interest in Trellidor. We have detected that you are browsing a version of our site that caters for an alternative country. To provide you with the best possible experience it is recommended that you proceed to your country-specific site. Would you like to proceed to this site: