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Is my home secure enough?

What is the best security for homes/business?

I just bought a new home and need security, what should be my priority?

I want security but I don’t want to feel like I’m in a prison, what options do I have?

What will deter a criminal?

How do I stay one step ahead of the criminal?

There are many questions regarding this topic and being a cautious home owner as well as a CPF member, I would like to share what security works and what criminals look for.

I will first start with the criminal:

There are two types of criminals, opportunists, and then you get the criminal that does he’s or their homework before doing the crime.

Crime does not sleep, and constantly happening in our areas. Crime is definitely more active during work hours, but also depended on what type of crime. A lot more hijackings happen when we leave or come home from work. House robberies/break-ins are quite frequent during the work day. Wall jumpers love the evenings, but all of the above can take place anytime of the day and night.

Opportunists:

Opportunists will act on that moment, using a surprise approach, but will most likely try be incognito. They seldom want to be seen, as they have limited knowledge of their surroundings and escapes.

Solution:

 

Organized and calculated criminals:

These criminals have studied the area, your movements and have even come into contact with your domestic workers. They can be on foot or in a vehicle. They can be wearing overalls or smart clothes. This is their profession so don’t underestimate them.

Solution:

 

Security for my family comes first and I will rather spend money on new and better security systems, than spending on new T.V.’s. or furniture.

Not everyone has thousands to spend, but there are still ways of reducing your chances of intruders. A rule my family always told me was to always have better security than the neighbouring homes. The criminal will rather go next door.

Cheap and inexpensive ways of securing your home:

My understanding is to stop the criminal as far away from my building as possible. So that in mind, concentrate on boundary security. If you can’t afford electric fence, use razor fence/barbwire/spikes/broken glass. Try use at least two of these items.

Plant thorn trees/cactus/ aloes on the outside boundary to make it harder for the criminal to reach your wall. This will also deter them because it will slow down their escape if they are spotted.

Local hardware’s and security companies sell these cheap alarm beams that are remote activated, that warn you when something has broken its line of sight. It doesn’t connect to a reaction company but at least his element of surprise has been foiled.

Dogs are always good, but have them inside at night. Dog poisoning happens mostly at night. Don’t rule out the day though. Small dogs are very alert and big dogs are scary. Having the combination of big and small will make it very difficult for the criminal.

Security systems that cost a bit more, that are worth the buy:

Electric fences` make sure you get the square tubing poles rather than the round ones.

Gate open sensors Lets you know when your gate is open.

Paradox Outside beams are to me a great buy. They are available in wireless, so you can position them anywhere with ease and you can move them if you find a better spot. These also have a tamper feature. The reason why they on top of my list, is because you are extending the security barrier further outwards for criminals. If a criminal is breaking in, I want him to be as far away from my family as possible when that alarm has been sounded. His time frame for reaching the inside of my home from the time of my alarm going off, must be cut as short as possible. They not cheap, but worth the buy. You can add them as you can afford.

Cameras very good for seeing what’s happening around and in your house. Any noise, and just check the TV on what’s going on. Walk around your home and see how many you would need to cover all areas. Then go purchase the system. A very good tip, have some cameras facing your home windows and doors. So many people face them only outwards, facing the road. If someone is trying to get through your window, you’d never know. I believe its also better to have cameras close to and facing the road so you can pick up number plates. So many times, we are alerted to house robberies or break ins, and the victims can’t give us a good enough description of vehicle or registration numbers, so we can respond quickly and find the criminals while still in possession of the stolen property. Keep your camera’s hard drive locked up in a safe or steel cage, criminals will destroy evidence if found.

Sub Lethal Remote Gun is a South African product, which is legal to the public. No license required. The gun sits high up on a pole overseeing your home/work premises. It fires bullets similar to a police rubber bullet. You control the gun via a remote similar to a gaming control. While watching the screen on your control, you can pick up the target, aim, and fire. Check out their website sublethal.co.za for more information.

Sniper Cameras is a camera system that is positioned at all entrances to your area. This device is connected to the police data base and can inform police/security/CPF of stolen or flagged vehicles that are entering your area. I think this is definitely a big deterrent for criminals, as these cameras will catch the criminal before they catch us. They are not cheap, and the community and security need to come together to raise funds for such a product.

Clear burglar bars are definitely a better product regarding aesthetics, as they are clear and made from Polycarbonate that offers a 3000kg tensile breaking strength. You can have the standard bars, or you can have the bars with wire running through the edges to connect to your alarm system.

Security shutters A good looking security type product is the Shutters. Made of aluminium throughout its body and has a locking function for all panels. This product not only serves as a security feature but also as a very stylish blind, where you can manipulate the light to your desire. Checkout blindsbeyond.co.za for more information or a free of charge quotation.

Security gates which expand and contract, taking up little space in your opening. Great for sliding doors, doors and even windows. Look out for a new product coming soon called Tiger Tough Trellis (Triple T Gates) you can speak to Blinds Beyond in the meantime if interested.

Security company Make sure you have a good armed reaction company looking after your property. I do a lot of research on the local armed responses before making my choice. I look on who is strong in my area. I look at who mans the control room with regards to phoning you in an activated alarm situation. I will also check how much they patrol passed my home and how they react to different situations. Remember that they need to be well trained in case they run into a robbery in progress and your family are close by. Check your panics/alarms on a regular basis, to ensure perfect working condition in the event of a real-life threatening situation. Don’t be shy to push the panic to test your security, don’t do it often or the security company might mistake a real crime for a false alarm. On a panic being pushed, check how your security react to this type of incident, as this could be the difference between staying alive or having you and your family’s life in danger. If you can, be sure to give as much detail in an incident to your security company, so they and you stay safe. If you are able to message your security/CPF during a robbery, give as much description of how many perpetrators there are, clothing description, language they speak, vehicles used (registration numbers), and also phone numbers of stolen phones, so we can track them if they are on the run.

 

Well I hope that this information I have provided, will help strengthen your security and give you more insight on criminal activity. We are here to help, so feel free to contact us with any queries.

Some feel blinds are just blinds, but it’s not. You are spending your hard earned money, so make sure you getting the quality to match, and backed with a warranty.

Put your money where your mouth is! Well Blinds Beyond will do so, with a minimum of 2 years on our products and on-site warranty. Motors and motor accessories, we give a 5 year warranty on all brands!

The Blinds Beyond team wants you to be at peace with your purchase, and just enjoy the quality products we have on offer!

There are a lot of cheap imitations, and quality is not always up to standard. So make sure you measure apples with apples!

See our page on finding a good quality blind supplier to help making sure your purchase is the best one.

Feel free to contact us for any further information to help aid your blind purchases.

Have a squiz at our work completed page, see our finishes and give us a call.

We would love to be a part of your home/business venture!

Thank you from the Blinds Beyond Team.

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Graeme Bushney

Director.

If you are looking to purchase indoor/outdoor blinds, then take 5 minutes to quickly run through our list of pointers. These pointers will minimise your risks and problems, not just short term but long term as well.

1) What is your overall objective you are trying to achieve? Privacy, aesthetics, light filtering, climate control, complete blackout, security.

2) Does the company have a wide enough range to suit?

3) Is the sales rep informative and have excellent product knowledge?

4) Know where the product comes from, this is usually the answer for a price difference between suppliers.

5) Price vs quality? If you going to spend your hard earned money make sure that price is not the only factor, but rather the quality of blind, as this could be the difference between two years or 10 years. Measure apples with apples!

6) Ask where the controls or motors come from, because this is often what goes first on a blind.

7) Are spares readily available for the product in question?

8) Do they have a showroom to view the blinds up, to give a better idea of what you are getting?

9) Does the company have a gallery of past jobs to see workmanship, finishes, and similar blinds to what you are wanting to purchase?

10) Are there testimonials from their clients? When not sure, nothing beats word of mouth.

11) Installers?

When I first got into the business, I sometimes called on contractors to help with extra installations, but found that I was continually going out to amend their mistakes. I find that there are a lot of companies still using contractors, which are trying to get the job done as quickly as possible, so they can move onto another job regardless of the workmanship falling short. There are stories of blinds falling down on people, so rather ask.

12) And finally, what are the warranties on the blinds and motors?

Blinds Beyond are more than happy to answer any of the questions above, and we take pride in our products offered, as well as our services and installers.

We have been around for more than 12 years, and hope to keep growing, and carry on exceeding the client’s expectations.

Did you know: one of our first big jobs (12 years ago) was a client named Basil from Germiston. He bought a second home next door, and asked for us to come fit more blinds. I had a look at our original blinds which were still in perfect condition. That as a supplier makes me so happy.

Are you going away this holiday but scared to leave your house unattended?

Do you want to automate your home, but too expensive?

Connexoon is a smart technology device that allows you to control your blinds, lights, gate (Somfy motor), garage (Somfy motor) with your smart phone. This can be done at a push of a button or you can setup a timer option, so it does it for you, when you forget to close your blinds, when you out having a braai, or late at work.

The Connexoon has a plug and play feature, making it easy for start-up and use.

Blinds Beyond is currently running a special on motorised blinds, where you can receive a free Connexoon.

Please contact a Blinds Beyond Rep for more details, or to come give you a free measure and quote.

Drinks, food, shade, entertainment and overall comfort must come together to have guests really enjoying themselves.

December holidays are about big lunches/parties with family and friends, which normally brings an unusual amount of people into your home.

Taking the party outside is normally the best way to go for accommodating larger groups of people, but you find the extreme UV rays, humidity, wind, and rain can bring its own disadvantages.

Keeping guests cool and comfortable is the ultimate goal, and doing this with as little effort from your side, giving you more time to mingle and tend to the braai.

 

Drinks and snacks

One thing I learnt in the restaurant industry is that I made clients happier (more tips) and did less work, if I was smart in how I sold food and drinks, and this tip can be used for your parties too.

The heat will obviously make people thirsty, so make sure you have enough drinks that are easily accessible, by providing ice buckets, glasses and drinks in arm’s length, and don’t have to move too much.

If a customer was drinking Castle light, I would put 6-8 beers in a bucket of ice on the table near him, so he never has to wait for the bar and waiter to bring it to him. I did the same with spirits, where I put the bottle of their choice on the table, with ice readily available. The rule was I would deduct whatever the customer did not finish, which was rarely the case.

This eliminated me having to run back and forth for every customer needing a drink, which gave me more time to mingle with my guests.

Do the same tactics with snacks, preferably cold snacks, as hot snacks would normally entail you having to do more.

 

Shade

There is nothing worse for a guest than having the sun in your face or on your back, so equip yourself with a portable umbrella to move as the sun moves.

Planting trees in strategic places to block direct sun can work, but it’s not an immediate answer.

Outdoor blinds or awnings can be a creative and stylish way to keep your guests cool, and will extend your entertainment area, adding more value to your home.

Phifer SheerWeave Fabrics are the perfect complement to almost all exterior décor, The simple yet beautiful weaves of SheerWeave fabrics add a rich subtle texture without taking away from the overall exterior design scheme. The sun’s heat and glare can be elegantly managed and accomplished with their sun control fabrics. Protecting you, your guests as well as your outside furniture from the harshness of the sun, wind and rain. SheerWeave not only looks amazing, but gives a great overall ambience and maintaining your view.

If you want more information, give us a call (011) 070 1348 or send us a message https://blindsbeyond.co.zatemp/contact-us/

Another great idea against the heat is the misters which you design around your patio. Forcing water through small sprinklers creating a wall of mist, which is great for reduction of heat. Cost effective.

 

Music:

Music is a great mood setter, and should be on before the guests arrive. So spend a little bit of time with a playlist that will cover a good few hours of solid hits. I can’t tell you what music to listen to, but make sure it’s something everyone likes. I’ve known many DJ’s that have their own style of music, but when it comes to playing to a mixed audience, they adapt to what the majority would like.

Another suggestion is to start out playing lounge (easy listening) music , and later move to the more familiar party songs when food is finished. Dim the lighting later on for a better party mood.

 

Cleanliness:

Sometimes we do so much, that we forget the simpler things like making sure the couch is free of dog hair, ipads, etc. also side tables must be free for a guest to put down his/her drink.

Don’t forget the dog’s doodoo on the grass. I would suggest doing it earlier in the day so the smell dissipates by the time the guests arrive.

And the last advice I can give, is don’t try too hard, rather be a part of the fun. Most guests pick up on your vibe, and that in itself can determine where the party is headed.

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