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7 important tips for a safe and secure home

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
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Safety is no joke, not when we consider the crime rate in South Africa and the fact that everybody knows somebody who’s been through a robbery, burglary, hi-jacking, or worse. That makes it all the more important for us to keep our homes (and families) safe, even if it’s small touches that you can do in and around your home.

Let’s see what you can start doing from today to ensure you don’t join our country’s crime statistics.

1. Electric fences

Quality Electric Fencing by Cape Town Fencing
Cape Town Fencing

Quality Electric Fencing

Cape Town Fencing

Granted, these beauties won’t completely stop a burglary, but they will definitely make an intruder think twice about targeting your home.

2. Light it up

Modern Farmhouse - Silverlakes Nature Reserve Modern houses by Karel Keuler Architects Modern
Karel Keuler Architects

Modern Farmhouse—Silverlakes Nature Reserve

Karel Keuler Architects

Exterior lighting fixtures that work via motion sensors are not a nice-to-have; these days, they are a necessity!

3. Keep ALL doors locked

Don’t think your lock-up work is done just because the front- and back doors are locked and bolted. Go so far as to lock every door inside your house when retiring for the night.

Rather safe than sorry.

4. Double-check your landscaping skills

New driveway for Nkateko and Liesel Modern Garden by Gorgeous Gardens Modern
Gorgeous Gardens

New driveway for Nkateko and Liesel

Gorgeous Gardens

We know that a beautiful garden helps to enhance your house’s kerb appeal, but large hedges and shrubbery eclipsing doors and windows could be dangerous, seeing as they provide the perfect hiding spots for intruders looking to smash into your home.

Rather keep all plants neatly trimmed and away from your entrances and walkways.

5. Join a neighbourhood watch

Salida del Sol Morningside Modern houses by Flaneur Architects Modern
Flaneur Architects

Salida del Sol Morningside

Flaneur Architects

This simple little action can definitely deter burglars from targeting a certain area or neighbourhood. And it’s also very comforting to know that neighbours are keeping an eye open for each other.

6. Don’t advertise what you’ve got

House Morningside by Principia Design Minimalist
Principia Design

House Morningside

Principia Design

If at all possible, keep valuable items away from view, and never leave car keys in a spot where they can be grabbed through a broken window.

And always, after buying expensive items like televisions and computers, get rid of those boxes rather than let them pile up next to your bin outside.

7. Re-position your mirrors

Extentions and Renovations Modern Corridor, Hallway and Staircase by DG Construction Modern
DG Construction

Extentions and Renovations

DG Construction

Ever wondered if burglars can see what goes on inside your home by looking at what your mirrors reflect, like your alarm system? Make sure to examine all mirrors from all angles outside. 

The more you know, right? See these 6 ways to keep your home safe from burglars!

What other tips can help keep a home safer and more secure?
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