The festive season is always that one time of the year where businesses and households alike become that little bit more vigilant. But now with loadshedding becoming a frustrating daily occurrence, you might want to start relooking at your security set up, regardless of the season.
Eskom’s recent announcement that rolling blackouts are likely to continue up until the 14th of December, and then commence once again in the New Year, has left many South Africans angry and despondent. Although this new round of blackouts is likely to invoke unhappy emotions, you need to keep a level head about your security.
Safety Tips to Take Note of
There are so many loadshedding schedules floating around out there, that there is a good chance of being left in the dark even when you get your hands on a schedule. Not only are the timetables quite often inaccurate, but they are also subject to change without notice. During this time of the year, and with crime being in the state that it is, it is only a matter of time before criminals start taking advantage of the situation. Know that criminals read the schedules as well, and this gives them the perfect list of targets.
Here is our quick and easy list to up your safety when the lights go out:
- Do you have a backup battery?
Areas that are without electricity are just as likely to be without perimeter alarms and in some cases, they will be without inner alarms as well. This can be somewhat avoided when you have a backup battery in place. If you are unsure about the health of the battery, or if you have one at all, contact your security provider and let them check it.
- Are you notified?
If you are away for the holidays, or even if the power goes out at home during the day, you can request that your security provider notifies you via SMS. This will give you some peace of mind as you will at least know that they are aware of the issue and will likely have a patrol car in the area.
- Invest in Solar
Solar lighting is a cheap, fantastic long-term investment. South Africa enjoys up to 2500 hours of sunlight each year and solar lights can harness this power to provide light to outside areas. You can also charge lights during the day and then bring them indoors at night. LED spotlights, available from most light shops, will give you a dim light that becomes a floodlight once motion is detected. These are great for security.
- Lock up
The moment the power is off, especially at night, don’t waste time getting your doors locked. You won’t see someone jump a fence until it is too late so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Keep your cell phone charged
Your phone is your lifeline in times of darkness. Keep a phone charged at all times, especially if you don’t have a battery powered panic button.