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ADVANTAGES OF HAVING CAMERA SURVEILLANCE

For many homeowners camera surveillance is a good solution to high crime rates. They serve as deterrents and help homeowners to feel safer and more secure. In this article, we look at the benefits of having cameras on your property.

Their main purpose, be it at your home or in your business, is to decrease crime. Camera surveillance helps to decrease crime because criminals do not want to be caught and indentified on camera. By installing cameras at your home or business, you effectively reduce the chance of becoming a target.

Some would argue that camera surveillance deprives you of privacy which everyone has the right to. Many employers who use cameras are required by law to notify their employees about the filming. Whilst the reason to install cameras is not to spy on your workers, it is acknowledged that installing CCTV cameras results in improved productivity.

Another benefit is that, in the event of a break-in, they could help when gathering information to be used as evidence. Whether it’s for a police case or an insurance claim, having access to this information is helpful.

Having them in place will also give you a sense of safety. Especially if you’re away on holiday with your family. You’ll feel confident that your house is that much more secure. Camera technology also has the ability to allow you to dial in remotely from an off site location.

These cameras come in different styles to suit your individual needs. With a wide variety available, you will be able to choose which works best for you.

Our cameras are designed to capture events in detail even under extreme conditions. They work effectively during day or night as they can adjust to varying levels of light.

Home : Safety Tips

Fences/Walls 

A high fence around the house with lockable gates, is much safer than a high wall due to the advantage of the improved visibility it provides.

The primary aim of the fence is to make access/intrusion difficult and to allow dogs to move freely around the house.

Ensure that your gates are locked at all times and that the keys cannot be reached easily and are not lying around uncontrolled.

Security gates with sturdy locks in front of each outer door as well as burglar proofing covering all windows, are recommended.

The following devices prevent easy access:

  • Window bars
  • Security doors
  • Security gates
  • Razor wire
  • Additional locking devices on doors
  • Strengthening of doors
  • Peepholes in the doors
  • Safety chains to doors
  • Intercom system between the home and gate, front door or garage

 

Alarm Systems

An alarm system, preferably connected to an armed response company, can act as an effective deterrent.

In the rural environment a siren/alarm on the roof that can be heard over a long distance and that can be activated by means of a switch/panic button in the house, is recommended.

A few switches/panic buttons in different rooms of the house should preferably be installed.

An alarm must also have the capability to warn the occupants of any intrusion into the house.

Examples of alarm systems:

  • Mechanical and/or electrical (purchased types)
  • Improvised systems
  • Threaded tins
  • Threaded pieces of iron
  • Gravel on window pains, pathways or around the home
  • Obstacles that can make a noise when moved
    • Dogs
    • Geese
    • OstrichesBiological Systems:

Security Lights

Security lights on the outside of the house improve the physical protection of a house, farm or smallholding.

The lights must be directed away from the house and must allow the occupants to use the windows without being observed from outside.

Be aware of possible shadows and blind spots.

Safety Precautions

Ensure that all doors are locked at all times, and that windows are closed when you are not at home.

Large dogs serve as a deterrent. At least one dog should be trained to sleep inside the house.

If you leave your residence, inform your family/ neighbours of your intended destination, time you expect to return and the route you will be driving, especially if you reside in a rural area.

Ensure that tools such as axes, spades, picks, ladders, etc that can be used in an attack, are locked away when you do not use them.

Vary your daily routine.

Get into the habit of not immediately falling asleep after switching off the lights.

Remain awake for a while.

You should not be visible in the bedroom from the outside when you are asleep.

Always keep a torch nearby at night and when you use it, ensure that you do not give away your position.

If you are unsure about the security status of your home after returning from work/a visit, eg your dogs do not come to the gate, do not enter your home.

Contact your neighbour to assist you in securing your home.

Identify relatively safe places of refuge, ie: bathroom, toilet or storeroom.

The fewer windows and doors these rooms have, the better.

Involve employees as they are part of the family/team.

Employees must be involved in maintaining security on an equal footing.

Report suspicious behaviour and information to the South African Police Service.

Clear the areas around the gates of bushes and other hiding places.

Take photographs of all employees.

It could be to your advantage to identify them, if required.

Remunerate your employees when useful information is provided that contribute to the prevention of crime.

Do not employ casual workers without a reference.

Keep copies of all your employees – Identity Documents (ID’s).

Ensure that you have a good relationship with your neighbours so that you will be in a good position to support and help each other.

Access and Key Control

Do not allow strangers on your premises or in your house without having properly identifying the person, especially at night.

Implement proper key control measures.

Identify keys by means of codes instead of indicating in writing on labels to which gate/door access can be gained.

Keys to the safe must be kept on the person.

Never hide any keys in traditional places, such as in pot plants or under doormats.

Keys in the keyhole on the inside of the front or back door should be turned to avoid easy removal.

Never allow strangers to handle keys or look at key numbers.

Change locks when keys are lost.

Insert barring devices in door locks.

Remove keys from doors when leaving.

Communication

There should be two systems for alternative back up:

  • Telephone
  • Cellular phone

Have the telephone installed where it is easily accessible from anywhere in the house.

Inform your children not to give an indication that adult supervision is not available when they answer the phone.

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Office Building Security

It seems certain kinds of buildings are just magnets for vandalism, thefts and burglaries.

Gated communities, shopping centers, and large department stores have traditionally been plagued with these crimes. More recently, however, office buildings and small businesses seem to be increasingly targeted for break-ins. This may be because the assumption is made that a smaller office building or any smaller business would not be secure or protected, and criminals may believe it will be easier to “hit and run” without tripping alarms or encountering guards.

office building security

There are many responsibilities to running a business or managing an office building, and the increasing crime rate adds another responsibility: providing security to employees, their belongings, and the equipment and supplies of the business.

Basic Office Building Security

There are basically two ways to provide protection for any business or building, and that is with technology, as in alarm systems, cameras, etc., or with personnel who literally “stand guard” over the premises. Within those two ideas, there are many different ways to accomplish the desired security. The decision will largely depend on the type of building, size and budget of the business, and whether employees’ safety needs to be safeguarded.

Do you have employees who work late in the evening and must cross a dark parking lot to go home? If so, hiring security personnel may be necessary, at least for the hours after dark and until the last employee is safely in their vehicle.
Depending on the area and location of the building, the employees’ vehicles may also need to be guarded, or kept in a secured parking lot to prevent vandalism.
You may be held responsible if employees suffer loss by theft while they are on the job. Worse yet, you would not want an employee to be mugged or injured in an attack in the parking lot.

At the very least, if a small business cannot afford to hire personnel for building security, steps should be taken to ensure no-one works alone at night, especially female employees, buildings and parking lots are well lighted, and shrubs and trees kept to a minimum, as you do not want to provide hiding places for people with mischief in mind.

There is so much technology available now, that almost any business can provide building security for employees and equipment. Perhaps in the case of a small business, equipment such as turnstiles, metal detectors and X-ray machines would not be practical, but there are many less expensive options. Most people, when building security is mentioned, would think of video cameras, and that is certainly one of the prime uses of technology, and the very least one can do to help prevent crime, no matter how small or large the business.

Inexpensive Building Security Systems for the Small Business

A monitored alarm system will contact a call center if the alarm is triggered, and the call center will then contact the police. There is a drawback to this system since it depends on outside phone lines which can be cut before the perpetrator breaks into the building. Even if that does not happen, and the call center contacts police quickly, there will be time for items to be removed, or damage done before the police arrive.
An unmonitored system sets off an alarm inside and outside when it is triggered, and can come complete with flashing or steady floodlights to call even more attention to the situation. This usually would have the advantage of scaring off the burglars before much damage could be done, or loss could occur. This system has the added advantage of not incurring fees for monitoring.
A wireless alarm system can be purchased at a hardware store, and is easy to install. It operates with cameras, sensors and motion detectors, and can also have an alarm and flashing lights included. This system is relatively inexpensive, does not require professional installation, and may be perfect for the small business, at least as a starter system.
There is a system designed for the outside of buildings, incorporating motion detection with lights that come on and a loud alarm that sounds when a particular motion is detected. For instance, if someone just walks down the sidewalk, the system will not be triggered, but if a different path is taken, such as someone approaching a window or door, this will trigger the alarm. The security element it provides depends on the would-be thief or vandal being startled into leaving the area before doing any outside damage, getting inside, or removing any property.
As with any other business decision, the more research that is done and the more information available, the easier it will be to arrive at the right conclusion and obtain the best system to get the job done.

Choose What is Best for Your Business

Whether you decide on a combination of hiring security personnel for a few evening hours and supplement this protection by using an inexpensive alarm system, or choose a top-of-the-line system, the important thing is to secure the building and the equipment, and maintain protection for employees and their property.

Talk to professionals who sell or install the alarm systems, as they will have all the facts you need, including the various prices.
You can talk to security personnel, who are often familiar with alarm systems.
Police officers may also be another source of information, and may even be able to tell you the response time of monitored systems.
The internet is a valuable resource tool and can provide almost anything you would want to know about the different systems and technology available.
The more information you have, the better decision you can make in providing building security for your business or office building.