Technology is no replacement for good safety habits

August 2019 Home Security, Residential Estate (Industry)

The home security market has seen a dizzying array of new products and developments in recent years, all with the aim of keeping us safe. But none of these products could ever replace basic and responsible personal safety habits.

“We too often have to respond to incidents where someone might have installed a brand-new and top of the range home security system, but suffered a theft or break-in because they left one of the house’s windows standing open or forgot to close the garage door. This is essentially the issue we face – the presence of sophisticated technology does not mean we can forget our own personal responsibility,” says Charnel Hattingh, national marketing and communications manager at Fidelity ADT.

One of the best ways to make the maximum impact, she explains, is to be aware of your surroundings. “Whether you are driving somewhere, walking in a mall, or going for a run – make sure you are paying attention, and that you avoid any unnecessary risks. Remove anything from the equation that could distract you, such as headphones or your cellphone.”

Hattingh says this level of awareness should also extend to your street and your suburb. “If you see anything that seems to be out of the ordinary or to be amiss, it is best to immediately alert your security company, the local neighbourhood watch, or the police.”

Safety habits combined with the best that technology offers – such as CCTV cameras, infrared and passive sensors, and remote monitoring – makes for the ultimate weapon in the fight against crime.

Hattingh lists some safety habits to remember:

• Lock all doors and windows all the time. This applies to your house, your car and any outbuildings on your property. This applies whether you are at home or not. If you have an alarm system installed, make sure it is always armed.

• Make it look like someone is home. Use automated lighting, either with timers or using your home security system. Keep a car in the driveway. Have a neighbour pick up packages. Close curtains on the ground level so no one can see in your windows.

• Keep valuable items out of sight. Never leave keys, wallets, cell-phones or any other small items on a table or anywhere close to a window.

• Cut back any trees or shrubs that provide cover for burglars, then make it a habit to keep them trimmed. This means around your house and around any outbuildings someone might be tempted to break into.

• Talk to your family and friends, and get to know your neighbours. Make sure your loved ones remember what they can do to stay safe, and make sure you share these tips with people who live in your street.

For more information, contact Fidelity-ADT, +27 11 697 7271, charnelh@fidelity-adt.co.za, www.adt.co.za


Credit(s)




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Fire suppression systems for data centres
August 2019, Fidelity ADT Security , Fire & Safety
Fire suppression has changed substantially and managers must consider a range of different factors when it comes to their data centre fire suppression systems.

Read more...
The importance of real security risk assessments
August 2019, Sentinel Risk Management , Editor's Choice, Security Services & Risk Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
Andy Lawler, MD, Sentinel Risk Management, says a security risk assessment is an onerous task, but is not something estates can consider optional or a luxury item anymore.

Read more...
Risk assessment or product placement?
August 2019, Technews Publishing, Alwinco, SMC - Security Management Consultants , Editor's Choice, Security Services & Risk Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
Hi-tech security solutions asked a couple of experts to provide estate managers and security managers with some insights into what a ‘real’ risk assessment includes.

Read more...
How far are we really at with artificial intelligence?
August 2019, Axis Communications SA , Editor's Choice, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, IT infrastructure, Residential Estate (Industry)
Justin Ludik unpacks exactly how far AI has come and what it potentially can do for society and more importantly, surveillance.

Read more...
More than simply a camera
August 2019, Forbatt SA, Secutel Technologies , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Residential Estate (Industry)
With the human element being the weakest link in all security solutions, Hi-Tech Security Solutions looks at the pros and cons of using body-worn cameras in estates.

Read more...
The importance of effective perimeter security
August 2019, Elf Rentals - Electronic Security Solutions, Stafix , Editor's Choice, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Residential Estate (Industry)
Protecting the perimeter is critical for any residential estate; how does one go about making sure your perimeter is as secure as possible?

Read more...
Security playing speedcop
August 2019, Axis Communications SA, Hikvision South Africa , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Residential Estate (Industry)
Estates now have a legal precedent to manage their traffic and fine people in the estate for violations of the rules; all they need do is find solutions that will support them.

Read more...
Residential estates: Just how secure are they?
August 2019 , Security Services & Risk Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
While estates may seem a refuge from the criminal threat lurking in the suburbs, crime may be rife here, too.

Read more...
The benefits of electronic visitor management
August 2019, Powell Tronics , Access Control & Identity Management, Residential Estate (Industry)
Access control is a critical aspect of estate security as it represents the controls put in place to restrict entry (and possibly exit) along the outer boundary of the location.

Read more...
Capture every detail with Smart PIR kits
August 2019, Longse Distribution , Home Security, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Residential Estate (Industry)
Longse Technology offers DIY smart security kits that are easy to install and offer a Wi-Fi range that can reach up to 300 metres.

Read more...