22 Nov 2012
December is traditionally a ‘sports’ month, with cricket galore, premier league soccer matches, the SA Open Golf championships and more.
But with everyone having a great time the last thing on their minds is their safety or home security.
Trellidor shares some security tips so that you don’t get caught out by burglars while glued to the TV or out at matches...
1. Crime barriers
Secure all your doors and windows with good barriers.
Secure doors and windows mean you can watch your favourite sport in peace instead of worrying about safety issues.
These crime barriers include small, inaccessible windows that child accomplices could slip through.
A good tip is to install a security door in your passage or stairway so you won’t get caught napping on the bed while ‘watching’ that riveting cricket test.
2. Blind spots
Sort out ‘blind spots’ in your home that criminals could use to get in unnoticed.
Some of these are rear doors, patios and access doors from your garage into the house. Make sure these areas are well-lit so that robbers have no chance of concealment.
Security doors at these entry points will stop them from getting inside, taking what they want and sneaking out before you notice them.
3. Other weak points
Balconies are another weak point that should be closed off.
Intruders use them to climb from one room to another, so use barriers to block off any access.
You can select products that can be stacked or rolled out of sight when you don’t need them, and closed again to give you a stress-free night’s sleep.
4. Clean up and light up outside
Trellidor advises homeowners to trim shrubbery that could provide a good hiding place for prowlers; lock away any tools, ladders and other items that robbers would find useful to break in with or use as a weapon.
Another tip is to install good lighting over doors and dark corners of your garden, preferably ones that pick up movement, for when it gets dark; and motion sensor beams that trigger an alarm are also a good idea.
Once you have attended to these you can then sit back, relax and enjoy the game.
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