Security Tips

Many crimes are “opportunistic” meaning that, with the proper measures in place they may have been prevented.

Below are some of the most important things you can do right now, especially when it comes to securing your perimeter:


Security tips

No matter what time of year, these tips will keep you more vigilant, especially before you go on holiday when you might be feeling more relaxed. Don’t let your guard down in terms of your personal safety.

The following videos provide some great tips or have a look at the list below.





Arrange a housesitter or someone who will
•    Create some movement at the house
•    Turn lights on and off
•    Bring in the post
•    Bring in your rubbish bin

Inform your neighbours of your holiday plans and give them a remote so that they can switch off false alarms or assist if there has been an issue.

Replace your batteries on your alarms and gates before going away to ensure that they will last long in a power outage.

Inform your security company that you are going away.

Test your alarm – at least monthly.

Always be aware of your surroundings and call in any suspicious cars or people.

If you have visitors, don’t hang around in the street catching up – let them in and close your gates.

Introduce yourself to your neighbours, swop numbers and look out for each other.

Don’t leave tools like ladders or spades outside as these are handy tools for resourceful criminals.

Don’t hide a spare set of keys in your flowerpot or under your mat.

If you buy electronics, cut up the boxes and bag them – a box outside your house is an invitation to criminals.

Important numbers – save them on your phone, stick them on your fridge and ensure everyone in your family knows where they are.

Most importantly, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right or someone is suspiciously hanging around your property, call it in. First call the SAPS sector vehicle, then your security company and finally post a warning to your neighbours via the Whatsapp group or the BCA Facebook page (no pics or videos if a crime has been committed. Let the law take its course.)


What to do in an armed robbery...

Armed robberies are a key concern. Here are some safety tips on what to do should the situation arise.

  • When an armed robbery takes place at a location (store, warehouse, factory, shopping centre or restaurant), the likelihood of the incident turning violent, resulting in injuries to personnel and customers, can be effectively reduced by the behaviour of the staff and customers.
  • Don’t Resist. Do exactly as you are told. The robbers are in control of the situation because they are armed, and it serves no purpose to resist their instructions – you will only be putting lives at risk.
  • Relax. Regulate your breathing, taking long, slow deliberate breaths. This slows your heart rate and helps you relax
  • Speak slowly. Don’t shout or raise your voice to the robbers. They are probably more nervous than you and it won’t take much for them to lose any self-control they may posses.
  • Don’t make sudden movements. When you want to do something – even if it is an instruction from the robber – tell them what you are doing – “I am going to take the keys out of my pocket now” – and do it slowly
  • Don’t set off the siren or activate the alarm unless if you can do so secretly without the robbers seeing you. Many armed robberies have turned violent (with hostages taken) because the siren puts the robbers into a panic. Setting an alarm can trigger a violent response
  • Don’t look the robber directly in the face. The robber may believe that you are trying to memorise his features for later identification and it could lead to him shooting you in order to prevent this.
  • Give the robbers time to leave. Don’t shout or do anything else until the robbers have left the premises.
  • Don’t try to be a hero. Don’t attempt to prevent the robbers’ get-away. Many crime scenes have turned violent as the robbers are leaving, resulting in deaths and injuries to staff and customers.
  • Observation techniques. Clear information on the robbers assists the Police investigation. However, this should not be done at the risk of your life or that of persons around you. Don’t make it obvious that you are observing them – Focus on one person at a time – Gain an overall impression first – Height – Build – Firearm or other weapon – Clothing – Special features – A limp, deformities, birthmarks etc. – Then look at details – Facial Features – round or sharp, eyes close or set wide apart, etc – Remember any names used by the robbers when they were talking to each other. – Remember what they touch, where they walk, any cigarette butts discarded, body fluids deposited, etc. Vehicle – The same rules apply, overall impression first, and then the details – First look at the make and model – Colour – Noticeable features – Registration number!





This is KEY and above any other security preventative measure.


TIP - Be Vigilant 

Keep your eyes and ears open.




TIP – Protect your gate motor and prevent your gate from being lifted

Here is some dated but still relevant material ADT shared with some helpful info on how to do the above.

Read it here


TIP – Be careful who you and your family or domestic allow in

Homes are being targeted by people dressed up as business people, City employees, movers etc.

A safe rule of thumb – Do Not Let Anyone In – unless an appointment has been made or you are expecting that person. ALWAYS be sure.


TIP – Empower your domestic and gardener

1.      Give them a PANIC BUTTON

2.      Get them to save “112” on their cell phones – it’s free


TIP – Secure your perimeter

Crime is a business. Criminals have to make a profit. They will not come back if they cannot get in (SAPS tell us they usually try twice, then give up if they can’t get in)

1.      Install electric fencing and garden beams

2.      Regularly TEST your alarm

3.      ACTIVATE your alarm EVERY TIME you leave the house

4.      Fit effective burglar bars and security gates

5.      LOCK your doors


7.      Keep valuables away from open windows 


TIP – Secure your motor vehicles

1.      Try not to leave your car parked outside your yard

2.      Do not leave any valuables on the seats where they are visible


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