A high fence around the house with lockable gates is much safer than a high wall due to the advantage of the improved visibility it provides. Palisade fencing is a better choice so you can see in before you arrive and see out when at home. Wooden /Cladding/ slats in-between the palisade make for better privacy, but still give you the advantage of sight in and out of your perimeter.
The primary aim of the fence is to make access/intrusion difficult and to allow dogs to move freely around the house.
Ensure that your gates are locked at all times and that the keys cannot be reached easily and are not lying around uncontrolled. Get into good habits and teach them to everyone in the house.
Security gates with sturdy locks in front of each outer door as well as burglar proofing covering all windows are recommended. The burglar proofing is better when fitted on the inside of the aperture. For example, they will have to break the glass then get through the steel bars. This method should give you time to react to this situation.
The following devices prevent easy access:
An alarm system, preferably connected to an armed response company that can act to an alarm trigger, this can be an effective deterrent.
In the rural environment a siren/alarm on the roof that can be heard over a long distance and that can be activated by means of a switch/panic button in the house, is recommended.
A few switches/panic buttons in different rooms of the house should preferably be installed, aswell as a panic remote that can be placed anywhere in the house or garden.
Examples of alarm systems:
Security lights on the outside of the house improve the physical protection of a house, farm or smallholding.
The lights must be directed away from the house and must allow the occupants to use the windows without being observed from outside.
Be aware of possible shadows and blind spots.
Ensure that all doors are locked at all times, and that windows are closed when you are not at home.
Large dogs serve as a deterrent. At least one dog should be trained to sleep inside the house.
If you leave your residence, inform your family/ neighbours of your intended destination, time you expect to return and the route you will be driving, especially if you reside in a rural area.
Ensure that tools such as axes, spades, picks, ladders, etc that can be used in an attack, are locked away when not in use.
Vary your daily routine, this is very important; criminals love to follow their targets to work, shopping, and home.
Get into the habit of not immediately falling asleep after switching off the lights; remain awake for a while to hear your surroundings. You should not be visible in the bedroom from the outside when you are asleep. Always keep a torch nearby at night and when you use it, ensure that you do not give away your position.
If you are unsure about the security status of your home after returning from work/a visit, e.g. your dogs do not come to the gate; do not enter your home. If there is anything out of the ordinary, don’t enter, chances are there is an intruder or they have been in your house.
Contact your security/Police or neighbour to assist you in securing your home.
Identify relatively safe places of refuge in the event of an attack or home invasion, i.e.: bathroom, toilet or storeroom with a proper lock to prevent them entering there. The fewer windows and doors these rooms have, the better.
Involve employees as they are part of the family/team, teach them the procedures in your home, it’s for their safety aswell. Employees must be involved in maintaining security on an equal footing.
Report suspicious behaviour and report that to the Police or Security Company.
Clear the areas around the front gates of the house, trim bushes and other hiding or dark areas where they can hide and surprise you when you arrive home.
Take photographs of all employees; make a copy of their ID Book for future reference. It could be to your advantage to identify them, if required.
Remunerate your employees when useful information is provided that contribute to the prevention of crime. Do not employ casual workers without a reference.
Ensure that you have a good relationship with your neighbours so that you will be in a good position to support and help each other.
Access and Key Control
Don’t allow strangers on your premises or in your house without having properly identifying the person, especially at night.
Implement proper key control measures.
Identify keys by means of codes instead of indicating in writing on labels to which gate/door access can be gained. E.g. Main gate- Code A.
Keys to the safe must be kept on the person. Never hide any keys in traditional places, such as in pot plants or under doormats.
Keys in the keyhole on the inside of the front or back door should be turned to avoid easy removal. It’s advised to remove them when not there. Intruders like to enter in a window and leave with all the keys from doors. Never allow strangers to handle keys or look at key numbers. Change locks when keys are lost, it does cost, but it must be done. Insert barring devices in door locks.
There should be two systems for alternative back up:
Have the telephone installed where it is easily accessible from anywhere in the house.
Inform your children not to give an indication that adult supervision is not available when they answer the phone. Mom and Dad are always available when children are at home.
The followings aspects might trigger aggressive behaviour:
The following hints are applicable:
Sexual offences involve sex without consent, unwanted sexual touching, or being forced to engage in humiliating sexual activity. This includes girls and guys.
YOUR vulnerability increases -
On a date
In a case of rape
After a rape
Every victim of rape responds differently - but it is likely that you will benefit from help.
You may feel -
None of these responses are unusual or unnatural; remember that there is always someone to help you. Victim Support programmes, psychologists, counsellors, health care or social workers, employers, friends, family or church members - ask the police official dealing with your case to recommend someone to help you.
What happens when you report a rape (or other sexual offences)?
The police official will take your statement. You need not be alone - a friend or family member can be with you while you make your statement, as long as he or she is not a potential witness in your case.
If you later feel that your statement is wrong or incomplete, you can make another statement.
You can make your statement in your own language (if it may be translated).
You have the right to copy your statement. It may sometimes not be possible to get a copy immediately, but you can get it later.
The police official will give you a case number and you must use this number whenever you want information about your case. If necessary, the investigating officer will make sure you are examined by an accredited health care worker, who will complete a medical report and collect medical evidence.
You must make sure that the investigating officer knows how and where to contact you at all times, including when you move to another location, but it is a victim’s responsibility to notify the police official of any changes of address.
The investigating officer will let you know -
A victim must have the responsible police official’s telephone number so that he/she knows where to get information about his/her case.
The police investigate the case and then hand it over to a state lawyer called a prosecutor. The service is free to you.
The police official, the investigating officer and the prosecutor will be able to give you information about your case.
Get a telephone number from the investigating officer so that you know where to get information about your case.
What can we all do to help?
Who can I contact?
|Contact your local police station or :|
|SAPS Emergency Services||10111|
|SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, Head Office, Pretoria||(012) 393-2363|
|SAPS Crime Stop||08600 10111|
|Women Abuse Helpline||0800 150 150|
|Childline||0800 055 555|
|AIDS Helpline||0800 012 322 or
(011) 725 6710
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