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Badge-LogoSome Practical Tips and Recommendations Relating to Home Security

  1. One of the likely frustrations of a house break-in is that key documents may be stolen and create a lot of hassle in replacing them; Ensure that external access doors (front, rear and side doors) are fitted with adequate locks. The 5 lever type locks offer best security. The front door or primary opening door should have a safety chain or safety latch and, if the door has no vision panel, a door viewer. If the keys to these doors are mislaid, those locks should be replaced promptly.
  2. Fit suitable “spacers”, locks or bolts to all sliding doors to prevent them from being lifted off their tracks (this is one of the most common method used by burglars on sliding doors and windows and can be easily prevented).
  3. Ensure all windows are fitted with adequate locks or burglar bars or suitable defence systems that cover all glass.
  4. Ensure that all duplicate keys are locked away if not in use. Do not leave in doors or make unnecessary copies.
  5. If you are a gun holder, install a safe for weapons and valuables ideally make sure these are fireproof. Duplicate house keys could be kept in this safe.
  6. Keep the garage and tool shed locked when not in use. Would–be intruders should not have access to any item that can be used as a weapon or burglary tool so tidy up when working outside and make sure all garden tools are securely put away.
  7. Install outside lights that can be remotely controlled from inside the house. Consider installing lighting outside which is activated by a motion detector and or tracks movement, as lighting helps to suppress unwanted interest.
  8. Try not to have high walls and overgrown hedges that obscure your view of the property. If walls and ledges are low, or have suitable openings, neighbours and passers-by will more easily be able to spot suspicious or unusual activity.
  9. Clip and contain any dense foliage near the garage entrance and front door to reduce the possibility of those spots being used as a hiding place.

When at Home:

  1. Always lock external doors and close windows that are far away from where the family activity is centered.
  2. At night always lock perimeter doors and securely fasten windows. When retiring to bed, lock inter-leading doors of those rooms that are not occupied.
  3. Do not leave curtains open at night as this allows observation into the house.
  4. If disturbed or an alarm is sounded, do not go outside alone to investigate at night. Rather switch off all internal lights and open curtains to allow you to see what is occurring outside, once eyes have become accustomed to the dark or switch on external lights to help.
  5. Do not open any external door without satisfactory identification from the visitor. If in any doubt, do not open the door and consider summoning the police or your security service provider.
  6. Never admit to a stranger that you are alone.
  7. If a repair-person is expected, do not allow entry unless identity has been checked through a vision panel or door viewer and with the company concerned.
  8. Do not allow strangers into your home to make telephone calls. Rather offer to make the telephone calls for them while they wait outside.
  9. If you note suspicious vehicles, individuals or groups in your neighbourhood, contact the police or your security service provider.

When Away From Home:

  1. Do not leave notes on the door, underneath the carpet or in the post box to indicate that you are away.
  2. Do not leave hidden keys.
  3. Leave your house key with a trusted neighbour or the key holder (as registered with your Security Service Provider) so that access can be gained in an emergency.
  4. Do not leave only the outside lights on as this is usually an indication to would-be intruders that the house is not occupied.
  5. Leave lights on and the radio playing as this gives the impression that the house is occupied.
  6. Do not allow papers to build up in the post box, arrange for them to be collected.
  7. Avoid any social media commentary about where you are until you have returned.

If Confronted By an Intruder:

  1. Try to escape, and or sound the alarm if possible.
  2. If you cannot escape, try to lock yourself in a secure room.
  3. Remain calm and if possible contact the police and or security service provider.
  4. Co-operate with the intruder.
  5. Be observant and take particular notice of any voice, dress or behavioural traits.
  6. Only shout for help or scream to avoid serious assault.
  7. If the intruder tries to leave, do not hinder or apprehend him.
  8. Do not follow the intruder outside. Close and lock the doors immediately and call for help by activating the home alarm system.

Please contact Ghost for clarification or any assistance, alarm checks and advice.


Criminals in South Africa are getting away with murder. Literally. Enter DNA profiling: the 21st Century Detective. The DNA Project, a Non-profit organisation is raising awareness of the need to expand and develop our National DNA Database, as a major crime fighting tool to ensure accountability and deterrence amongst its criminal population.

Extracted from the Daily Maverick article on the DNA Project by Rebecca Davis

Last July, the DNA Project set up a large sandbox in the centre of Cape Town’s busy Metrorail station. In the box, tiny stones of differing colours were laid out to form the distinct image of a mug shot of a convict holding up an ID board. Then commuters were allowed to walk all over the box. It didn’t take long for the passing foot traffic to almost entirely obliterate all traces of the image of the convict’s face. The commuters were filmed walking over the box, and a video was made of the event.

“Every year in South Africa more and more criminals escape conviction due to people disturbing crime scene evidence,” the video begins. “The DNA Project set out to educate the public never to interfere with a crime scene.” The image in the sandbox, originally pristine, is quickly wiped out by time-lapse images of people walking over it.

“It didn’t take long before the criminal’s identity had disappeared,” the video continues. “The message was clear. Never disturb a crime scene.”