Protect your valuables from a home invasion

Many people in South Africa has fallen victim to incidents of crime, and there are many who do not report these crimes because they feel it would be rather pointless. If you should ever become a victim of a house break in, then report it to the police so that measures can be taken to curb any further break-ins in your area.

Double check your deadbolt lock

If not properly installed, the deadbolt lock can be easily manipulated. The effectiveness of the lock depends on its deadbolt and the mortise hole. The easiest way to ply open the lock is if it is not fully extended, and pushed back in its place. Check whether the mortise hole –the gap in the door frame where the deadbolt extends, is deeper than the deadbolt itself. Ensure that it is at least 2.5 centimetres deep into the frame. Always get professionals from your area such as locksmiths from Johannesburg South, Durban etc. to check that your lock is properly fitted.

Hang a bell on the door

Anyone entering will trigger this modest, yet simple alarm. Once it rings upon entry you will be certain enough that someone has entered your home. It might even scare off the intruder because then they are well aware that you know of their presence.

Plant thorny bushes around windows

Not only do the bushes serve as an appealingly deterrent, they can also collect DNA from blood and skin. Torn clothes can leave evidence which makes it easier for the forensics team to find the intruder.

Avoid hiding your spare key outside

Many people hide their spare key under the doormat or a flowerpot in case they get locked out. This may seem like a good idea, but it can cause them more harm than good. If someone should see where the key is hidden, they can easily gain access into your house.

Rather be safe than sorry by giving your spare key to a neighbour or friend you trust for safekeeping. If you happen to lock yourself out you can just give your friend a call or walk over to the neighbour’s house to retrieve the key.

Avoid putting any identifying information of yourself on your house keys. If you lose your keys, and someone else finds them, it would be fairly easy to trace them back to your home and break in without difficulty.

Trick burglars

There’s a greater chance for an intruder not to break into a house if they suspect that someone is home. Many break-ins occur during the day when people are at work. For that reason, when you leave the house, create an illusion that someone’s still at home. Install fluorescent bulbs that last longer and are good for the environment, and leave it on during the day. As for good measure, also leave on the television and radio. Also put up a home security sign, even if it’s a fake one. It won’t guarantee that burglars won’t target your home, but it is an added safety measure.


According to News24,”About 7.8% of the households surveyed experienced break-ins twice and 8% experienced robberies twice. Another 3.5% experienced break-ins three times and 2.2% were robbed at home on three occasions between 2010 and 2011.”

Keep intruders out of your home by simply outsmarting them. There are many solutions that do not require you to spend a lot of money on home security systems, but it does bring about peace of mind when you have the best security installations installed on your property.