Why you Should do Checks on your Domestic Staff

Your domestic staff are your home’s first line of defence. That’s why it’s particularly important that you hire staff who have been vetted, are trustworthy and competent.

Doing the necessary background checks on domestic staff before hiring them may seem like a time consuming exercise, but it could make all the difference to your home security. In many cases of break-ins and house robberies we find there has been inside information shared with criminals.

If you are hiring new domestic help, whether it be a maid or a gardener, it is recommended that you start with a criminal record check which can be obtained through the police with the potential employee’s consent. You should also do a reference check with several previous employers.

Ask questions about dismissals, responsibilities, any security issues, tardiness, and so on. It’s important to speak to more than one previous employer so you can get a good idea of the employee’s track record.
Domestic staff play a key role in home secu…

Make sure your Home is Secure this Christmas Season!

With only a few more days until Christmas it is a timely reminder to everyone to ensure their homes and valuables are safely secured.

Every home has the potential to be a target of a break-in and it is up to you as the home owner to ensure your property is not at risk.
Many homes will be left unattended over the Christmas holidays, use these easy steps to help prevent the chance of a break-in.
- Make sure all doors and windows are clearly visible from the street so the neighbourhood crime watch can keep an eye on your home.
- Garages and sheds should also be securely locked at all times.
- Lock away all tools and equipment to prevent a burglar using them to get into your home.
- Lock gates to the yard with a keyed padlock.
- Don’t throw out packaging for any new items or Christmas presents you have bought. (Don’t advertise the contents of your home.)
- Main entry and exit areas to your home should be well lit.
- Tell a trusted neighbour or the neighbourhood watch that you’r…

5 Ways you can Mishandle your Home Security

Whereas home security is your responsibility, neighbourhood security is the responsibility of everyone who lives there. In this case, one lazy neighbour can place multiple homes at risk. Do you want to be kept up to date on the incidents, reports and crime statistics in your neighbourhood? Download the PatrolMan app today, not only is it an amazing neighbourhood watch app, but you’ll also be able to press the SOS button if you’re ever in an emergency situation.

The following are the easiest ways to jeopardize neighbourhood security. Please read and make a resolution not to be “that neighbour” who places everyone else’s home in danger.
1. Leave Garbage Bins Outside After your garbage has been collected for the week, make every effort to remove it from its place at the curb as soon as possible. Bins left at the curb for an extended period are a good indication that no one is at home. And, of course, burglars read that cue as an invitation to enter.
2. Leave a Security Door Open Security doo…

Would your Neighbour Burgle you?

Who is in a better position to observe your daily habits? Who has a front-row seat to your comings and goings? Who is most likely to watch you as you load your luggage into the car and pull away for a vacation?

Are you absolutely certain that neighbour burglary can’t happen to you?
Unless homeless, all burglars have neighbours. Some of these criminals even live in decent neighbourhoods where they also have regular jobs and families who love them.
Neighbour burglary happens because people who are the most familiar to us are also the ones we least expect to steal from us. Burglars living next door to their victims count on this. See, most of us think of criminal perpetrators as “outsiders”, but that’s not always the case, so keep this in mind when it comes to your own home security strategies.
To be on the safe side, we suggest you install an alarm system and have it professionally monitored so that you are alerted the moment your alarm is triggered and install surveillance cameras in and …

The Facts about Pepper Spray

As crime continues to escalate, people need to know how to protect themselves.
A lot of people are wary of getting a firearm and some simply cannot afford a fancy security system that is why a lot of people are considering pepper spray.
Before you run out to get yourself a can of pepper spray, read these facts about pepper spray...
-- You can’t rely 100% on pepper spray or mace for self-defence against a violent criminal.
-- You need to check with your law enforcement if there are any restrictions before you buy pepper spray.
-- Pepper spray should ALWAYS be kept away from children.
-- Check the expiry date on a regular basis to make sure that there are no slow leaks that could cause a loss of pressure.
-- You need to shake your pepper spray on a regular basis to keep the chemicals effective.
-- Never expose the pepper spray to extreme heat or cold.
-- A criminal must always be within range if you want the pepper spray to be completely effective.
-- Remember that is you use your pepper spra…

How can you make your Neighbourhood a Safer Place?

Gone are the days when all the neighbourhood kids played kick the can in the middle of the street. Whether you blame it on paranoid parents or uninterested children, one thing is for sure – many neighbourhoods today are lacking that close-knit feeling.

Neighbourhood safety is a team effort, but it starts with you! What can you do to make your neighbourhood a safer place?

Here are 5 simple tips to keep in mind:

Know Your Neighbours

This is very important. You need to know whether they work during the day and whether they have children. Do you live next to an old couple that stays home, is there a teenage driver in the family or are there small children you need to look out for. Knowing all these things helps you be aware of who is in your neighbourhood and what could be suspicious activity.

Always have a way to reach your neighbours if they’re gone and something doesn’t seem right in the neighbourhood. It might even be a good idea to develop a neighbourhood calling tree.

Be cautious When Lea…

How Criminals get over your Electrical Fencing

In South Africa you’ll notice that a lot of home and business owner have installed electrical fencing to keep criminals out. However, even electric fences have certain weaknesses that criminals have figured out!

Some criminals are smart and crafty, so they’ve learnt that if an electric fence does not make that clicking sound – it’s probably off! Or if certain wires are loose, then it’s probably broken.
In South Africa, criminals are known to use a method of hitting an insulator off the bracket, or hitting the wires with a piece of wood to try and break the wires. Once they’ve tested out the electric fence, they’ll sit and wait for a response, if there is no response – they’ll make their move.
Another popular method is throwing a piece of rubber or a rubber mat over the electric fence in order to climb over safely. However, this method may trigger the alarm if it is a properly installed fence.
Any kind of weak electric fencing design makes it possible for burglars to bend the fence, and t…