Security tips to protect your home

Properly securing one’s home is often easier said than done. "There is not only a daunting choice of products available, but also a number of essential precautionary measures to implement," says Arnold Maritz, Co-principal for Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs, False Bay and Noordhoek.

There are a number of key factors to take into account.

“First, you need to establish where the weak points are by walking through the entire property, including the perimeter. You must also take into account your family’s lifestyle and determine which security features would be most convenient and which would hamper your daily lives.

“And, with the potential cost of securing one’s home proficiently, it’s wise to do a little research to find out which features and systems are the most efficient deterrents, which are best suited to your type of property and also which are stipulated requirements for insurance purposes.”

He adds that the security measures prospective buyers and tenants most commonly enquire about are alarms, security gates, beams, secure parking and electric fencing.