According to the latest crime statistics, more than 686 homes are burgled in South Africa every day.
With this type of unrelenting crime, it’s worth taking some extra precautions to protect valuable belongings.
Of course, the safety of people always comes first. Our focus here, though, is on simple steps for protecting your belongings in the event of break-ins when you’re not home. They may also protect valuables from theft by strangers you allow to enter your home, such as building crews.
With technology, you can monitor your home and track the location of just about anything that might go missing, from your laptop, smartphone and tablet to your bike, car or golf bag.
An old webcam paired with your mobile phone easily doubles as a remote surveillance solution. Alternatively, dozens of app-based monitoring systems are available. Examples are iCamSpy, Picket, TrackView and TouchWise.
Tracking tech is also popular, and virtually undetectable. Micro GPS chips stuck to your wallet, devices, paintings and even your pet’s collar can lead to successful recoveries in the event of thefts. Among the companies offering these chips are TrackR, DIY Track and Prey.
Be creative about where you hide your valuables. Even your children’s toy box or the pantry may yield unusual hidey holes that intruders are likely to overlook.
Your best bet is to fashion secret storage spaces that aren’t what they appear to be. These are some creative examples:
Achieving a basic level of safety in an average South African household requires measures that people in many other countries might consider extreme.
These range from burglar bars and security gates to motion sensors, alarms, barbed wire, electric fencing and CCTV monitoring. All these measures can help deter would-be intruders, protecting both people and possessions.
Choosing appropriate security features involves weighing risks, costs, aesthetic issues, ease of use and factors like safety for children and pets.
If you’re going on holiday, it’s a good idea to set an automated timer that switches on interior and exterior lights at appropriate times. You can also use a timer to switch on a TV or radio.
If you’ll be away for longer than just a weekend, cancel the post and paper delivery, or get a neighbour to clear your box every day.
If you don’t have neighbours nearby, another option is to record your dog barking, and play it in a loop. Ensure there’s a reasonable period of silence after the barking to make the recording realistic. If you don’t own a dog, you can even download a free soundtrack from the internet.
If you’re going away for any length of time, it’s a good idea to get a house sitter – ideally someone recommended by family or friends. You can leave pets in their charge, and having someone come and go is likely to discourage would-be intruders.
Ensure your valuables are kept well-hidden at all times. Don’t leave cash, phones, laptops or expensive jewellery where they’re readily visible, or where they can be seen through your home’s windows.
Also, hang collectible paintings and position a flat-screen TV so they’re not visible from the street.
Store laptops, smartphones, and tablets in a cupboard when not in use, and lock expensive garden furniture, gas barbecues and any equipment or tools that can be used to break into your home in a garage or garden shed.
Rather than leaving valuable assets vulnerable at home, you can choose to use them to secure an asset-based loan.
At lamna, we offer fast, discreet loans against a wide range of assets, from luxury watches and jewellery to vehicles or artwork. We store assets accepted as collateral in highly secure facilities – and once loans are repaid, we return your assets in the same condition you left them.
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