A secure home doesn’t have to look like a fortress
It’s an undeniable fact that homes in South Africa need to have certain elements installed to ensure the safety of your loved ones and possessions.
However, you don’t have to turn your home into a fortress that is more imposing than a prison for your family to be safe.
Burglar bars and security gates
If you go for the bars that are set inside the window and door frame, then make sure that they’re the same or similar colour to the frame. This will allow them to blend in and maintain the look and feel of a room.
The other option is to go for Spanish burglar bars, which sit on the exterior wall over the window. These can be made into quite an attractive feature, and can even be used to hold pot plants to liven up the exterior of your home.
Whichever option you go for, just make sure that they’re installed by a professional.
The gate on your driveway, and any pedestrian gates that you have in your fence, don’t have to look like the drawbridge on a castle. There is a wide range of options available to you now – from wrought iron gates that have intricate patterns on them, to beautiful wooden pieces that give you a solid façade. Both options will keep you safe – you just have to pick the one that goes with the style of your home.
One thing to keep in mind when it comes to gates, is that automation is vital. If you don’t have to get out of your car to open the driveway gate, you’ll be much safer.
One of the least intrusive ways to protect your home is to install a decent alarm system. There are several options to go for in terms of levels of security. You can have sensors on all of your doors and windows, which will trigger the alarm if any of them are opened while your system is activated.
Another option is to have beams within the home, as well as on exterior walls. Ask an expert for advice on where best to place these beams so that your family will be properly protected.
Home security boosts property values
It’s true, a well-secured home in South Africa will increase the value of your property to potential buyers. If you’ve taken the time and effort to keep your own family safe, other people will recognise that and will likely take it into account when making an offer.