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Residential Estate Security Handbook 2017


Who’s on your estate?
September 2017, Security Services & Risk Management, Residential Estate (Industry)

Among the abundant lifestyle incentives and quality amenities, one of the key attractions of residential estates is the level of security they provide to homeowners. In South Africa, a country with one of the highest crime rates in the world, citizens who can afford the luxury of estate living find comfort in knowing that their properties and loved ones are protected from criminal activity.

With security being a top draw card, it is important to ensure that not only is the property well secured, but also that the estate employees pose no risk.

Rudi Kruger, general manager of risk management at LexisNexis Data Services says that it is for this reason that priority should be placed on screening estate security employees. “Background screening helps management make informed decisions by improving transparency and disclosure. It is imperative that estate security management run verification checks on all employees to protect residents from criminals in disguise, who could potentially use their positions to invade the personal space of unsuspecting residents.”

Nobody can predict the future but an evaluation of a candidate’s history will quickly give you an idea of their integrity and credibility.

Kruger added that the following checks could be included to form a complete picture of the candidate:

• ID verification

• Criminal checks

• Qualification checks

• Fraud listing

• Employment history

• Fit and proper screening

• Professional association membership

• Driver’s licence

• Bank verification

• Rapid personality questionnaires

• Business background search

• Professional driving permit

• Consumer Goods Council verification

• Citizenship verification

• Director/member confirmation

With the assistance of Lexis RefCheck, a hiring manager is in a more knowledgeable position when it comes to the hiring of estate employees, thereby limiting risk. Lexis RefCheck services include verification of tertiary and secondary academic qualifications held by the individual from registered local and international institutions, identity and South African citizenship validation, fraud history checks via the South African Fraud Prevention Services, credit history checks through detailed TransUnion and Experian credit bureau reports, criminal history check via AFISwitch (electronic fingerprint collection and processing), verification of local and international employment history and professional association membership, and matching of bank account against an identity number or registration number.

For more information, visit: http://www.lexisnexis.co.za/our-solutions/private-sector/risk-management/refcheck.aspx


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Tel: +27 11 245 6510
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Email: amber.packham@lexisnexis.co.za
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    The future is not what it used to be. Rob Anderson looks at estate security in 2027.
  • Assessing risks in security technology systems
    September 2017, Adamastor Consulting, This Week's Editor's Pick, Security Services & Risk Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
    Technology used to mitigate physical risks comes with its own risks that need to be addressed.
  • Manage your data appropriately
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    Home is where one relaxes and forgets about the stresses and demands of day-to-day life, except if your job is managing an estate and the security of its residents.
  • Effective, PoPI-compliant visitor management
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    Establishing the correct identity of visitors to an estate or complex is crucial to effective security, especially with the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act looming.
  • Essential backup power equipment
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  • Partnering with estates for security success
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    The team at Elf Rentals considers themselves to be specialist partners in the electronic security sector in terms of the financing, installation and maintenance of security contracts.
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    Enforce has a number of success stories within the residential estate market that include the deployment of thermal imaging CCTV cameras with analytics.
  • Advances in video analytics
    September 2017, Avigilon, Bosch Security Systems, Reditron, Cathexis Technologies, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Residential Estate (Industry)
    Analytics technologies are continually advancing to not only alert to potential threats, but also to reduce the occurrence of false alarms.
  • Surveillance on the move
    September 2017, Doculam, Forbatt SA, Vantage MDT, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions, Residential Estate (Industry)
    Hi-Tech Security Solutions asked a few body-worn camera vendors for their insights into whether these devices are suitable for estate security.
  • Expect the unexpected
    September 2017, This Week's Editor's Pick, Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
    The scouts’ motto of Be Prepared is probably more suited to those responsible for managing the security of residential estates.
  • Remote maintenance is a reality
    September 2017, This Week's Editor's Pick, Integrated Solutions, Residential Estate (Industry)
    With the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) becoming more accepted in general, remote maintenance has in fact become possible.

 
 
         
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