Residential estates and townhouse complexes have mushroomed over the last few years and range in size from around 40 units to huge developments of thousands.
“Unfortunately crime syndicates often target lifestyle estates,” says Martin Kriel, Managing Director of ADT Security’s East Coast Region.
“Criminals are cunning and have been known to abuse contractors and service providers’ confidence to gain information about measures taken to secure the estate. Armed with this information, and their own reconnaissance, they find ways to gain access to estates.”
Estate security companies regularly evaluate how their services can be improved but residents are also able to play a part.
Don’t rely on perimeter security alone.
Perimeter security is a good way to deter crime, but precautions in the home are necessary. Be sure to lock doors and windows, and ensure vehicles are locked even if they are parked in a garage. Do not leave valuables lying around, particularly where they may be visible to passers-by.
Report suspicious behaviour.
Crime syndicates could use a home in the estate as a base from which monitor residents’ behaviour, plan and execute their activities and then move out. If you note any suspicious behaviour, vehicles or activities that concern you, report them to the complex management or security.
Be alert when entering and exiting the estate.
We do tend to relax and let down our guard the closer we get to home. The reality is, that just because there is a security officer at the gate does not mean that we can be complacent. If you notice anything suspicious at the gate don’t drive through immediately but stop a safe distance away, and immediately contact the South African Police Service or the security company.