WHILE the festive season is a time for people to catchup with friends and family, complete last minute shopping and let their guard down to enjoy their surroundings, it is also a time when people take advantage of this down time and criminal activities such as break-ins and theft tend to increase.
Roy Alves, sales director at Axis Communications, said that homeowners either migrate to holiday destinations or simply spend more time at friends’ houses, there are fewer people around, resulting in less foot traffic, luring thieves to quiet and unoccupied residences.
“Home owners and estate managers have to take the appropriate security and safety precautions over this time, in order to keep their homes and estates in which they live safe and secure. The most important aspect is controlling the access individuals have to your property. By ensuring the right people have access to the appropriate areas of your estate or home, it will result in a sharp decrease in the amount of unnecessary or “wrong” foot traffic, decreasing the chance of vulnerability and ultimately an act of crime,” Alves said.
People are advised to control access to their homes by inspecting their CCTV cameras before the down time starts, ensuring these are functioning optimally without any blind spots. For estate home owners, the key to effective security lies in being able to detect a potential intruder before they gain access. This can be done through an analytics application which allows for proactive surveillance, assisting security staff at estates to detect and deter crime proactively.
Other safety tips that home and estate owners should consider include badly lit homes and estates are likely to draw criminals while well-lit areas will help deter thieves and make it easier for the CCTV cameras to record any intrusion or break-ins. Alves advises that where possible people should evaluate their lighting system before they pack up and leave for the holidays and ensure that remote controlled lighting is installed in order to programme lights to come on at night or remotely activate them via an online connection.
“By adopting these security tips, home owners will hopefully enjoy a more relaxed holiday knowing they have good measures in place to deter and prevent break-ins and theft,” Alves said.