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Upgrade security before the festive season break

October is the month that South Africans start to look forward to the annual festive season break.  It is summer and the longest holiday in the school calendar, so this is the time when it’s customary to go on holiday, whether at home or away.  Unfortunately there is also a traditional spike in housebreaking, so add a security upgrade to your shopping list to avoid spoiling the good mood. 

“But do this early as we’ve found that there is always have a rush for door and window protection just before people go on holiday.  To make sure we can help you in time, it’s advisable to call us in well before you take that well-earned time off,” said Trellidor Sales and Marketing Director Peter Rawson.

If you need help on where to start, try our online security assessment questionnaire as a guide.

Or use this quick checklist to steer you in the right direction:

Security gates

Check for signs of wear and tear. Repair or replace them as necessary.  Gates that are rusting or weak in any area may need replacing with newer, more technologically advanced versions, especially if they’re in a high risk location.

Check if security gates slide open and closed easily. If not, they may just need cleaning, as per your manufacturer’s instructions but never spray anything into the keyhole and lock. 

Check who has access to gate keys.  If there is any uncertainty, rather get the lock replaced. Or better still, replace gates in critical areas because Trellidor’s patented three-point lock is now standard on our most popular designs.  It’s operated using one keyhole only, for convenience.  Older gates won’t be wasted – your Trellidor franchise will re-install them for you in other, less risky parts of your home. 

Window security

Check if every window in your home is secured with burglar proofing, even fixed panes of glass.  It’s no use selecting only a few to secure because housebreakers will use even the most difficult access point to get inside if it’s unsecured.

Check that your burglar proofing is fitted into the substrate surrounding the window, not into the wooden window frame, where they’re fairly easy to kick out.  Replace any that look vulnerable.

Look for signs of rust on metal burglar proofing or rotting on wooden window frames that support burglar guards.  Repair or replace as necessary, ensuring you have a dependable defence against housebreakers.

If you have to choose, opt for a safe zone

“If funds don’t stretch to securing your whole home, we suggest you at least create a safe zone in your home.  To do this, fit a good quality security barrier in the passage or stairwell to the bedroom area, and secure all windows and external doors in that zone with burglar guards and security gates,” said Rawson.

There are several different Trellidor designs to close off the safe haven, including our roller shutters, which can be automated and remote controlled; our trellis designs; and our security screen doors. 


All Trellidor franchises offer free security assessments, so if you’re unsure of what to look for and want help, get in touch with your nearest Trellidor franchise. But don't delay as Trellidor's factory closes over the festive season.


These aging burglar guards are unframed, painted too often to hide the rust, welded to the window frame and easily kicked out by housebreakers. They need to be replaced with a more reliable barrier.

* Information true and correct at the time of publish
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