Has your household got a common understanding of what should actually happen when the alarm goes off? This morning we had another false alarm, and yes most times they are! Being a house where we have a few people at home most of the time, I considered this morning’s casual response as the alarm was switched off and how everyone just carried on about their business. Sooner or later we could pay a high price for that casual response of annoyance and irritation.
Do you have an agreed ALARM PROCEDURE that everyone in your household follows? Well I decided we need one and I am sharing ours. I have stuck it next to the alarm panel.
The alarm must automatically be treated as a SERIOUS MATTER and the following rules are to be followed:
1) Do not go outside to investigate alone!
2) Lock all doors and close all windows immediately! First close the doors and then close then windows INCLUDING the bathroom window and kitchen windows (ALL windows).
3) If I am not at home you need to observe from inside of the house and consider some good vantage spots where you can look out.
4) Do NOT turn off the alarm too soon and only turn off the alarm after doors and windows have been closed – the alarm will encourage an intruder to go not hand around but if you turn it off too soon it encourages them to stay! Reset the alarm immediately.
5) Only reopen doors and windows when it is obvious all is ok. If I am not at home then observe for at least 30 minutes before opening up windows and doors.
6) If anyone is observed then phone the emergency number 10111 and speak clearly telling them we have an intruder and the address – speak clearly and slowly.
7) Move out of less secure rooms (like a sunroom) into more secure rooms! It is generally considered best that the intruder sees people are at home and be seen speaking on the phone so he knows he has been seen and is being reported. Even if you have finished speaking keep “talking” on the phone so he thinks you are giving information! This will increase the chance of the intruder LEAVING.
8) It is probably better to open gates from inside the house (if you have remotes) so the intruder can get away and help can get inside.
9) Make sure everyone knows where torches and other security devices are kept IN ONE ACCESSIBLE PLACE.
Keep emergency numbers somewhere they are not moved! On the fridge or next to the phone and include other numbers you can also call such as neighbours!
Personalise these notes for your property and family and share extra comments and advice.
Be prepared and stay safe.
This original article is shared with you by Andre de Villiers – Chas Everitt Cape Town South