- A good security system is about the layering of security assets – the more layers you put between yourself and a would-be intruder; the more difficult it is for them to harm you, and the more likely they are to go elsewhere.
- On a macro scale, UUST is working on the outer layers of your security by securing the streets and open spaces, by working with adjacent ‘buffer’ security initiatives and by developing relations with the SAP.
- You need to carefully plan the layers from your property boundary in and provide as many of these as possible; private armed response and alarm system (essential), good perimeter lighting (important) and cameras, electric fencing (highly recommended), garden beams (essential), protection of window openings, front door protection and finally a lockable gate to your sleeping areas.
- Adjacent unprotected properties are weak points in your security layering as they act as bivouac points for intruders and as conduits for them to gain access to your property. Be firm with your neighbours to do their bit.
- Check that no adjacent trees or poles permit intruders to bridge your electric fence or boundary wall.
- We suggest keeping your dogs inside at night if possible; this prevents poisoning, they act as an early warning system and they are far more protective when in an enclosed space with you.
- Have a security response plan should an intruder enter your property; know who to contact and in what order (armed response, UUST, SAP, family, neighbour?) and rehearse your plan so that everybody in your household is aware of what to do. Think about last resort personal protection devices such as pepper spray etc.
- If you are confronted, always remain calm, polite, and compliant and do not try to be a hero. Take note of intruders’ clothing and vehicle.
- Building contractors on your property and adjacent properties have often been linked to crime incidents. We urge you to request IDs of all staff and submit them to our security personnel for verification.
- Do not publish that your security apparatus is defective on the App – inform the security personnel privately.
- Learn to recognise suspicious persons. Regular folk move through the area at predictable times and are normally making their way to a destination. If you notice suspicious persons or vehicles; take careful note of number plates, clothing colours and any other identifying marks and report immediately to the security personnel.
REGARDING YOUR ENTRANCE GATE
- Ensure your gate has snug, anti-lift brackets at both ends.
- Ensure the gate motor is not accessible through the gate or boundary wall and that the cover is locked.
- Double gates are easier to open than a sliding gate with anti-lift brackets. If you have double gates ensure that the arms are locked and fit an electromagnet to help secure them.
- Keep driveways clear of shrubs, plants and bins that could provide a hiding spot.
- Make sure the area is well lit .
- Be observant of your surroundings and cognisant of anything or anyone who looks out of place.
- Be aware of vehicles that remain in your rearview mirror.
- You are most at risk when entering or leaving your property, so be alert.
- Stay on the road while the gate opens and immediately close it after entering.
- If you see anyone at close quarters drive on past your house and alert the nearest security personnel.
- Don’t leave your keys in your vehicle while opening a manual gate.
- Never sit in your parked vehicle without being conscious of your surroundings.
- Alarm bells should be ringing when your pets do not greet you at the gate.
- In the event that you are hijacked:
- If you are confronted by an armed criminal, follow their directions, stay calm, don’t look at them and don’t try to hide or conceal any items. Remember they are likely to be on edge and stressed, so don’t provide any reason for further provocation. Your personal safety trumps all material possessions which can be replaced.
- Do not try and activate a panic button while you are in a hijacking situation as this could anger a hijacker, who is more than likely already on edge.
- Your ultimate and only objective is to walk away from a hijacking incident with your loved ones, physically unscathed. The vehicle can be replaced; lives, however, cannot.
- Alert your vehicle tracking company, security company and authorities once you are out of harm’s way.
WHEN GOING AWAY
- Inform the UUST office that you will be away and ensure that our security team has your contact details in the event that we need to contact you. Also advise neighbours that you will be away.
- Do not publish your away status on the App.
- Notify our security team if anybody has permission to gain access to your property while you are away; whether it is to feed your dogs or housesit.
- Advise dog sitters or house sitters about UUST processes and contact numbers.
- Ensure that newspaper deliveries are stopped for the period you are away. If your house is left unoccupied, ask a neighbour to empty the post box.
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