SECURING RESIDENTIAL ESTATES

21 February 2011

Man’s needs as interpreted by Abraham Maslow are illustrated as an ascending pyramid, on which physiological requirements sit on the largest and most fundamental level, followed by personal security.

 

Yet, fundamental though security might be to a person’s ability to function optimally and happily, it unfortunately cannot be guaranteed by the police in today’s crime-beset world.  On the back of rising levels of robbery and other property-related crime, people have to assume responsibility for their own security as well as that of their families and their property, say the experts from Elvey Security Technologies.  

 

Elvey, supplier of a large range of internationally acclaimed security products, is regularly called upon to design systems for residential estates, according to national sales manager Ingo Mutinelli.  “Many people think that these estates with their high walls, electric fences and secured entrances, are impenetrable,” he says.  “However,

countless victims will attest to the fact that even homes on residential estates need security systems.”

 

Considering the lightning speed with which criminals operate today, he’s not in favour of a general-purpose mechanical security system with detectors inside the building.  He explains: “By the time the monitoring station receives the intrusion alarm signal from the property in question, the house breakers are already inside and the home owner with little or no time to react to the threat.”

 

Rather, he advocates the installation of one of his company’s most popular products, the DSC 9045 wireless alarm system.  Says company CEO Jack Edery: “In the current economic climate, installers are under intense pressure to maintain their bottom lines. This can be done by hiking their prices, which is not ideal, or by increasing their volumes of installations, a far better option.  This self contained wireless security system is at least 30 percent quicker to install than other similar products on the market and it’s also much simpler since it doesn’t require cabling, and drilling is minimal.” Another advantage of this system is that it has all the components typically found in a traditional alarm system’s control panel, built into the sleek and stylish keypad. 

 

For perimeter peace-of-mind, Mr Mutinelli recommends a product such as the wireless, battery-operated BX-80NR from Optex.  Specifically designed to be centrally wall-mounted, its long, narrow detection capabilities make it possible to protect the perimeter with a multi-layered, horizontal barrier that detects intruders before they break in.   It also boasts an intelligent, size-judging function that allows it to discriminate between large objects such as human beings, and small creatures such as pets or birds within the detection area, thus eliminating false alarms.  The beauty of such a system, says Mr Mutinelli, is that despite the sleek, slender appearance of the both the keypad and boundary detector, which blend seamlessly into the existing decor and environment, it does not compromise on security. 

 

Not too long ago, it was a major headache to secure a multi-storey home, a common feature on residential estates.  Today, however, with a range of wireless, time-and- money-saving outdoor detectors suited to any external environment and lighting condition, small detection areas such as balconies, upstairs windows, alleyways and doors, are protected and these buildings can enjoy the same peace of mind as their single-storey counterparts. 

 

For the technology-savvy resident who wishes to receive alarm triggers via SMS, Mr Mutinelli suggests incorporating Bentel’s GSM/GPRS wireless alarm communicator into the system.  In the event of an alarm, he explains, the communicator will operate as an SMS dialler, capable of automatically dialling up to eight pre-programmed telephone numbers to deliver an alarm message.  Using the same technology, owners will be able to arm and disarm their systems via their cell phones. As an added home automation and environmentally friendly option, the communicator has an extra output which allows end-users to switch their geysers on or off via SMS messaging through their cell phones. 

 

Another impressive security product for residential estate dwellers is video verification.  Says Mr Mutinelli: “This amazing technology makes it possible for parents to keep an eye on their homes and children while they themselves are at work or away.”

 

Seamlessly integrated into the alarm panel, the unit requires just a computer with internet connection and the correct software in order to be able to provide video transmission.  In areas where telephone lines or internet are not available, videos can be transmitted through cellular phone, a boundary-less application capable of sending video verification clips and event notification to various recipients.  “Another huge plus,” he points out, “is that the unit has a built-in sequential switcher, which allows the home owner to monitor protected areas and switch between channels like a conventional CCTV system.  What’s more, there is no need to buy special cameras as the video verification unit integrates with most CCTV equipment and will immediately communicate with the monitoring station in the event of video loss.”

 

Aware that he might be stating the obvious for some, Mr Mutinelli nevertheless stresses the importance of ensuring that devices are in good working order if video verification is to operate properly.  “If you want door-open video footage, you have to make sure that the magnetic contacts on the door are working.  If they are compromised, the device will not trigger a signal to the alarm panel, which in turn will not instruct the recording device to send pre- and post- video clip to the recipient, thereby defeating the whole object of the exercise. 

 

Prepared and submitted by Priyesh Jagjivan

Elvey Security Technologies

Tel – 011 4016700

Email – priyesh.jagjivan@elvey.co.za  

 

 

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