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Holiday Safety and Security Measures
Published 5th December 2023

The festive season is upon us, and as we prepare for well-deserved time with family and friends, it’s crucial to prioritize our safety. Whether you’re staying home or embarking on an overseas adventure, taking a few security precautions can make a significant difference in ensuring a peaceful and worry-free holiday.

Before you head off on holiday, take the time to test your alarm system. Don’t leave this task for the last minute. If any issues arise, you’ll need sufficient time to address them before your departure.

Check all beams, passives, and panic buttons. Ensure that each part of your alarm system is functioning correctly. Be sure to inform your security company that you’re testing your alarm. This way, they won’t dispatch response units unnecessarily.

While it might be tempting to conduct time tests (setting off your alarm and timing the response), it’s irresponsible. Doing so distracts guards and response vehicles from genuine emergencies. Let’s prioritize their availability for situations that truly require immediate attention.

In the same light, if you’re part of a security WhatsApp group, remember that it serves a critical purpose. Avoid posting non-security-related content that could frustrate other members. Stay vigilant and monitor the group for genuine security messages.

Your alarm system relies on battery backups. Imagine being away on holiday, only to discover that your alarm isn’t working due to a drained battery. To prevent this scenario, test the battery backup to ensure it’s functional and has sufficient power to last during the loadshedding schedules. Inform the control room and provide them with an emergency contact who can handle alarm notifications if you’re unavailable.

When packing for your journey, be discreet. Avoid giving any indication that your home will be unattended for an extended period. Burglars often look for signs of vacant properties, so keep your travel plans private.

Lastly, make sure everyone in your family knows what to do in case of an emergency. Whether you’re at home, a resort, or by the ocean, having emergency contacts readily available is crucial.

Remember, safety is a collective effort. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the festive season with peace of mind. Happy holidays!

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