Criminals are now using the element of surprise to gain entry while residents are at home, in the hope that they can rob you of your domestic appliances, valuables, cash, ATM cards, or firearms. This gives them easy access to important information such as pin codes for alarms, cellphones, ATM cards, and keys for safes, vehicles, etc. Unfortunately, these attacks are often accompanied by violence and intimidation.
The criminal will begin observing the movements of the intended homeowner to be robbed up to 4 weeks in advance. They will either loiter in the street or observe the home through binoculars from a distance. Information about the homeowner’s movements, and exactly what items are in the home will be available for resale once stolen, and so information is often achieved by either forcefully intimidating or offering payment to domestic workers. Criminals that have been apprehended, say they already had a full understanding of the victim’s movements and exactly what items they had in their home, using inside information. It is exceedingly rare that criminals will attack a home not knowing if there are dogs, alarms, firearms, etc. They will take note of exactly what time residents leave and return to work out the best moment to attack.
Criminals are very aware that many homes have security alarms in use … and actually, listen for the times in the day or night that the alarm beeps to indicate when the alarm is set or unset. They utilise the window of opportunity that will allow them to gain entry when the alarm is not set by ”surprise rushing” into the home when homeowners are otherwise preoccupied.
Shortly after homeowners have returned from work is often the time that works best for the attack. You have just returned from work, you begin to prepare food, you turn on the TV. The furthest thing on your mind is security, and most importantly for criminals, your internal alarm will not be activated. This is often when they will rush the home to gain entry.
Attacks between 6 and 8 am are also becoming more frequent. Once again this is because, with 95 percent of households, the alarm will be disarmed as homeowners need to move about freely. To prevent this new type of attack, firstly try not to have a constant routine. This will make it very difficult for criminals to work out a pattern of when best to attack your home.
A critical aspect
To prevent home invasions is it hugely beneficial to have an early warning that will alert you to the imminent attack. One method is by arming yourself or triggering an external panic alarm system, several of which are manufactured in South Africa.
Early Warning Security Systems
These usually comprise of a portable wireless keypad which communicates with wireless outdoor PIR sensors. These are mounted externally to detect any movement around the home perimeter. The instant intruders enter your perimeter area, the sirens within each sensor trigger an alert to criminals that the homeowner has detected them, resulting in the surprise element being compromised. These systems also notify the homeowner exactly where the intrusion has occurred by beeping on the portable wireless keypad and indicating a zone number which corresponds to a pre-set area. These systems can also notify users by sending an sms of the intrusion.
In short, Early Warning alarms can save lives and are highly recommended in today’s South Africa.
Further details about these systems can be seen at www.kryptonsecurity.co.za