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South Africans should use the changing of the season as an opportunity to rethink their security routines and make the necessary changes.
The arrival of winter means that it gets darker earlier in the evenings. This may end up providing useful cover for any would-be criminals and that is why you should always be vigilant when walking outdoors.
Residents also often keep animals indoors – out of the cold – during the evening and for that reason they don’t activate their home security alarm systems.
It is perfectly understandable that people want to keep their pets indoors where it is warmer. We would therefore recommend asking your security company to ‘animal proof’ your security alarm sensors, or that you partition the house in such a way that your alarm system can still offer an early warning in case someone enters your property.
Winter also tends to bring an increased demand on the national power grid, which in turn makes the possibility of blackouts more likely. We recommend making sure that back-up power supplies are in place to keep lighting, non-functional gate motors and home security systems in working condition at all times.
Considering the above, please keep these security tips in mind:
- Leave outside lights on if you know you’re going to get home after dark, and consider making use of Fidelity ADT’s safe entry service if you’re feeling unsafe
- Partition security alarms so that external beams can be set early in the evening, just after you get home
- Check the tensioning of electric fencing as it shrinks in colder weather and this can cause false alarms
- Link smoke detectors to your alarm system. Fires during winter can be caused by heaters, electrical appliances and the cosy fireplace left burning when you go to bed
- Be extra vigilant when leaving and arriving home. If you notice anything suspicious alert your ADT Armed Response or the SAPS immediately