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The Do’s and Don’ts of Keeping Your Home Secure During the Festive Season

It’s that time of year when you will be setting off on holiday and finally enjoy some well-deserved relaxation time after a long, hard year. Unfortunately, the festive season is also a favourite amongst criminals, who take advantage of relaxed home owners and empty homes. You want to enjoy your holiday without worrying about the safety of the house. So, take the following advice to heart and keep your home safe and secure this Christmas and New Year.

Get Someone to Look after the House

If you’re going away and leaving your home for a week or two, the best thing to do is always to have someone you trust staying at the house and taking care of it. This would be the first prize, if it is possible. Make sure that the person you choose maintains constant activity and a regular presence to deter any would-be burglars. Also, make sure that they have all the necessary emergency numbers, including that of your security company

Even if you can’t find anyone to stay there for the duration of your stay, try to get someone – a family member or friend – to go in and check up on a daily basis.

Create the Illusion of Activity

If you can’t have someone at the house most of the time, you need to create the illusion of presence and activity. Don’t leave your lights on 24/7; that is a sure give away. Rather, plug your inside lamps into plugs with timers set to go on and off at particular times of the day and night. Do the same with your exterior lights if you can. Again, you should never leave your outside lights on all the time. 

If you have someone checking on the place regularly, ask them to close and open the curtains, switch lights on and off, and make a bit of noise too now and then. 

Don’t Tell the Whole World You’re Going on Holiday

Only tell people you trust that you will be away. Don’t broadcast it to everybody. You never know who might take an interest in your absence. And, you would be surprised how fast word can spread to the wrong people!

Check Your Home Security System before Leaving

Before you leave, test your home security system to ensure that it is in full working order. It’s obviously no good if there is a sensor or mag that isn’t working at all; it will only serve to create an easy opening for criminals. And, furthermore, it’s also hazardous to have a faulty zone in your alarm system that keeps getting triggered falsely. This defeats the purpose of an alarm. It’s the classic ‘boy who cried wolf’ situation: if your alarm keeps going off, how will your neighbours or your security company know if there is a real emergency? Call a technician from your security company to come and test your system before you leave.

Don’t Let Your Newspapers and Post Pile Up

If you still receive a fair amount of paper mail and newspapers, either stop delivery while you are away or have someone check and collect it for you regularly. Piles of untouched mail or newspapers in your letterbox are a sure sign that nobody is home.

Inform Your Security Company that You’ll Be Away

Finally, be sure to let your security company know that you will be away. Give them the dates, and also inform them if you have a caretaker watching the place. They should then increase patrols in the area and, if you grant them access, perhaps do an occasional walkthrough on your property. 

TRSS is a security company you can trust to secure your home and provide a watchful eye while you’re away. Contact us for more information on our patrols, security systems and subscription costs.

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Maintenance Tips for Your Home Security Systems

A home security system is a sound investment, and just like any other investment, it needs to be looked after to ensure that it is effective. Create a habit of maintaining your home security system and you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’ve created a safe environment for your family.

Here are the key maintenance tips to ensure that your home security system remains effective:

Inspect

All parts of your home security system need to be inspected routinely. Go through the list of security measures installed in your home and ensure that every part is in working order. Test the equipment, fix anything that is broken and make a note of any concerns to discuss with your local residential security services.

For your convenience, here is a checklist that will help you with inspections:

ItemStatusDate inspected
Access gates  
Access permissions
Alarms  
Beams and sensors  
Burglar Bars  
Electric fencing  
Glass break detectors  
Locks  
Panic buttons  
Security cameras  
Security gates  
Walls  

Update

Establishing the status of your home’s security system is only half of the process. Once you know your status, you need to go about updating the security measures, so you’re covered for any possible incident. 

    • Start with updating access permissions to remove or add access for staff members and other authorised persons to visit your home. 
    • Change any locks or access methods that may have been compromised by staff leaving your employment. 
    • Next, update and improve outdated measures by upgrading equipment. 
    • Finally, ensure you have the latest contact details for all emergency services. Emergency numbers should not only always be visible in case of an emergency, but also always easy to find! So, storing these contact details on your phone as well could save valuable seconds when they count the most. 

Keep in Contact

Always keep in contact with your residential security services to stay updated on any potential threats, changes in contact details or developments in security measures that might be necessary to keep your home safe.  

Whether you have questions on any of these tips or you’re in need of residential security services, contact TRSS Reaction for advice and/or a quote on updating the security of your home. 

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What Are the Benefits of Access Control Systems

Electronic access control systems are increasingly common among South African businesses. This is unsurprising, considering the crime rate and the need of owners, tenants and employees to feel safe and secure in their workplace. But, you may be wondering, are these systems really beneficial? Do they really act as advertised? The answer is yes, and here are four reasons why.

Increase Control and Monitoring over Who Comes and Goes

The main advantage to access control is that you, as a business owner, and your staff has full control over who comes in and goes out, and when. The staff has the special authorisation that enables them to enter and exit in line with company regulations, while visitors need permission and sign-in procedures to gain access. A good access system, in combination with vigilant staff especially at reception, ensures that only the people you want on your premises are allowed in.

Deter Criminals

Effective and comprehensive access control turns your premises into a higher-risk prospect from a criminal’s point of view. Provided the system extends to back doors, fire escapes, garage doors, elevators and all other possible points of entry, criminals will find it difficult to gain entry without being detected, and so will look elsewhere. If your system is linked to an armed response service, then your business becomes even less of an attractive proposition for them.

Reduce Internal Theft

As much as you don’t like to think about it, the risk of theft by one of more of your staff members is something you always need to guard against. Electronic access gives you control over who is allowed into which areas of your premises. You can restrict access to valuable stock and equipment. You can then monitor these areas to see if anyone attempts to gain access.

Protect Your Data

While protecting your data online, you should also make sure that the physical heart of your IT system, your data and server rooms, are fully access controlled, so that only authorised staff can enter. In addition, to secure log-in procedures, firewalls, anti-spyware and anti-viruses, you should be able to keep your valuable data doubly protected.

TRSS are specialists in commercial security and armed response. Contact us now to find out how we can keep your business secure.

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How to Layer Your Home Security System for Maximum Protection

Strong home security is never achieved through one single layer of protection. If your yard is vulnerable, then only having an alarm system with motion sensors and mags on your doors and windows, is not likely to keep you entirely safe. 

Keeping your home as safe and secure as possible requires building layers of security; starting at your gates and perimeter walls and moving inwards towards your bedrooms and living areas. Think of it as a suit of armour where you need to be sure to fill in all the gaps and chinks. Here’s how to go about it.

Start at the Perimeter 

Whether you opt for high walls or palisade fencing is not the most important factor. A determined burglar will find his way through or over any barrier. The point is to be alerted should any such breach occur, meaning that it can be stopped quickly. Start with a good electric fence going all the way around the property, and connect it to an alarm that will let you know whenever someone or something touches it.

Maintain Your Yard

Keeping your yard in tip-top shape announces to would-be invaders that you are present and conscientious, which makes their job more difficult. Also be sure to make sure all trees and other plants near your perimeter are clear of your electric fence and don’t offer criminals a means of access.

Install Motion Sensor Beams

This is the next layer after your electric fence. Set up beams around your yard to ensure that every part of it is covered. If someone does get past your fence, you will still be alerted to their presence before they gain access to your house.

Secure Your Entrances And Interior, Add Cameras

Install contact sensors on every single point of entry to your house – doors and windows. Make sure there is not a single point of entry that isn’t being “watched”. Then, as well as burglar guards on your windows and security gates, you can also add extra security by reinforcing your doors with bars or additional locks. Also, install cameras to keep an eye on all angles of the property, both inside and outside.

Link to Armed Response

The best alarm system will have very little benefit if it alerts nobody but you. If criminals gain access to your property, you may not have the ability to repel them or to call for help. Link your alarm system to an armed response company such as TRSS and make sure that effective assistance will be on the scene within minutes of an incident.

Contact TRSS for help with designing your layered security system to keep you, your family and your property safe.

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Why You Need Predictive Residential Security Services – Not Reactive

Criminals are becoming smarter. They are coming up with new ways to gain access to homes and cause harm. If you want to secure your property and ensure the safety of your household, you’ll need to be a step ahead of these intruders. This is where predictive residential security services come in.

Predictive residential security services go beyond simply installing home alarm systems or an electric fence. These services work to better understand your security needs and vulnerabilities. They rely on years of security data to respond to events and, therefore, ensure the safety of your property.

For example, off-site security personnel monitoring your property are trained to spot specific conditions such as the same car parked outside your home or a person with suspicious behaviour walking by your home. This ensures that security personnel is able to respond faster and thus prevent damage or injury.

Predictive residential security services also ensure that areas of vulnerability are prioritised in the design of home alarm systems. These services do not apply a one-size-fits-all model to the installation of the security system. They design the system based on your specific needs following an inspection of your property. This ensures greater security for your household.

Bespoke security systems ensure more efficient use of resources. They also improve the chances of intercepting criminals. These systems reduce the chances of false alarms and, therefore, ensure that security personnel is available to respond to actual emergency situations.

If you’re looking to secure your property, contact us, TRSS. We’ll provide you with bespoke security services to meet your specific needs.

Start Your Neighbourhood Watch Today!

If you reside in a suburban neighbourhood, and you are aware of local crime stats, reports and what to look out for, then you might have what it takes to set up one in your neighbourhood.
Not sure what it is?

For those that don’t know, a neighbourhood watch is an organised group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a specific neighbourhood.
Usually the aim of a neighbourhood watch is to educate residents on security and safety, and achieving safe and secure neighbourhoods. Also, when criminal activity is suspected, members are encouraged to report to authorities, and not to intervene.
Here’s how to do it…

  • Define your neighbourhood:
    Identify the area your watch group will cover. Be careful when choosing to cover a large area- that means you’ll have to create a larger group.
  • Have a meeting spot:
    If the watch covers only the street, then a meeting at a member’s home will suffice. If your area is bigger, you may need to obtain permission to use a school or church in the area.
  • Identify crime and weak spots in your area
    There is no area that is completely free of crime and knowing just what crimes you are up against will greatly improve the chances of a successful watch.
  • Involve law enforcement:
    Make sure that you have a coordinator in the neighbourhood’s police or emergency services branch.
  • Recruit neighbours:
    The most effective way to get others involved is to convince them that there is a real need for a watch. Using your data on crime for your location, you can effectively convince your neighbours to participate.

Why Choose TRSS Reaction?

TRSS Reaction is one of the country’s most revered security and safety companies. We pride ourselves on being respected 24 hour armed reaction specialists.

South Africa, being one of the most crime drenched countries in the world craves a system that is trustworthy, dependable and highly skilled. Criminals are always coming up with new ways in which to wreak havoc on others’ lives.

Why us?
• Professional and dependable
We are a professional armed response company. We handle all of your distresses in complete professional fashion, thinking not only of your safety, but also the safety of those around you, also involved. You can always depend on our name and our services.

• Proficient and skilled
There is no one out there with more skilled staff than what we have. Our security professionals go through rigorous training where they learn how to cope in an extremely difficult and dangerous situation, as well as how to treat those involved.

• Principled and punctual
When you call, we’ll be there! You can trust that we will respond as soon as possible and that we will be 110% punctual to any emergency that needs assistance. We have a variety of in-house principles that are carried out to our staff, and practiced by them, and us, in all incidents.

• Proactive and progressive
We know that society is always changing. We keep up with the latest trends in the criminal and theft sphere and remain on top of these so as to eliminate them before they reach innocent individuals.
All in all we are a recognised industry leader constantly seeking out and eliminating any threats to society in this beautiful country.

Protect Your Home With Residential Security Services

Protect Your Home With Residential Security Services

It is unfortunate that crime in South Africa is a reality that we need to deal with. However, sticking our heads in the sand and pretending like it isn’t an issue will never do anyone any good. Instead, investing in residential security services can help you to protect your family, property and assets from opportunistic criminals that wish to do you harm.

Keep your home and family safe by partnering with leading residential security solutions that are able to offer you the protection you need. By displaying signage on your property that your home is protected by armed reaction services, it also acts as a dissuading barrier for potential criminals looking for an easy target.

What Are Some Of The Residential Security Solutions Available To You?

There are many options available to you. You can decide on a blend of the different services to create a bespoke solution that speaks to your needs. No two homes’ security needs are the same, so speak to a seasoned residential security expert to formulate a strategy that works for you.

Some of the many options available to you include:

  • Access control equipment;
  • Guarding and access control;
  • Complex and home perimeter protection;
  • Early warning detectors; and
  • Patrolling guards.

These are only a few of the many residential security solutions and options available to you. Choose the options that best suit your needs and start protecting your home against opportunistic criminals out to cause destruction and harm to your family.