The SAPS’ 2018 crime stats, have again reminded us of the need for personal and property protection in South Africa.
With an astonishing 22 261 robberies at residential premises recorded in the period April 2017 to March 2018 and a horrifying increase in murders, attempted murders and sexual offences, installing security measures such as burglar proofing, security gates or security shutters in our homes is a necessity, and most often a prerequisite for short term insurance.
It is no surprise then that security is one of the most important aspects home buyers look at when property shopping.
“It is a constant effort to make our homes the least attractive home on the block to criminals by adding physical obstacles to entry,” says Duncan Snyman, general manager of AMERICAN shutters. “While making it the most attractive on the block to increase our property value, for if and when the time comes to sell.”
While there are many effective security barriers on the market, there are only a few that look as good as they work. Bulky security gates and bars on doors and windows detract from the aesthetic of a home, and although imposing, can be impractical to our lifestyles.
Security shutters however, are an exception. Shutters are synonymous with style, and have long been a favourite of architects and interior designers. Specified and included in interior design schemes because of their practicality and beauty, this door and window finish now adds security to its long list of benefits.
Amongst these benefits is versatility; being able to choose when and how security shutters are put to use. Being able to fully open shutters to improve indoor-outdoor flow, or to lock the shutters and open the louvres for both security and view. AMERICAN shutters’ Security Shutters include an industry-first ‘Gear Tilt’ system which enables louvre operation without a tilt rod, hereby giving unobstructed views through the louvres. Add to this the fact that shutters nullify the need for additional window coverings such as curtains etc., something traditional burglar proofing and security gates don’t, and it is easy to see why shutters are one of, if not the most versatile security barriers on the market.
Privacy is another benefit. “Privacy is a vital crime deterrent,” says Duncan. “Preventing criminals from being able to see inside your home, is the first step in security.” Traditional security fittings such as expandable security gates and burglar proofing do not offer the added benefit of privacy. Adjustable louvre security shutters do. “Installed most often on the inside of the opening, closing the shutter louvres to ensure your privacy both when the home is occupied and unoccupied reduces personal and property risk.”
Although the lifestyle, privacy and style benefits of security shutters are all important considerations, the most important is the efficacy of the product, and this is where AMERICAN shutter’s Security Shutters really excel. These shutters are manufactured from architectural grade aluminium and powder coated for a corrosion resistant finish, they have patented strip-proof Italian locks that operate bolts to secure both the top and bottom of the shutters simultaneously, as well as tamper-proof top and bottom guide systems that prevent the shutters from being lifted out of their channels.
Although we may feel helpless in the face of the worrying crime rate in our country, we can do something to help improve the security of our homes and the safety of our families while preserving the quality of our lifestyles.
Click here, for more information on the South African Police Services Crime Statistics.