Peter Rawson on stopping home invaders

When he’s not standing unblinking behind  one of his  security gates about to be hit by a wrecking ball, Peter Rawson is the Marketing and Sales Director of Trellidor. After 18 years in the security industry, he certainly knows a thing or two about safety at home and work.

A common misconception is that criminals wait for you to leave home before breaking in. This couldn’t be further from the truth, in fact most break-ins happen between 5am-9am and 5pm-9pm.

“The primary reason for this is because we’ve become so accustomed to not having our alarm systems and outside perimeter beams switched on when we are relaxing at home.

Thing about it, what’s the first thing you do when you get up? You probably switch off the alarm and open some windows. Well, thieves have cottoned on to this fact, and are using it to their advantage. Barrier security protection is now even more important given this statistic.” says Peter.

Knowing which security barriers are right for the task is of paramount importance. And that’s where the Trellidor network of experts comes in. Trellidor franchises secure home for a living and have a wealth of information to share. They visit people on site and will assess the building’s risk profile and vulnerable areas as well as advise on a plan to protect it within budget. With a plan in hand you can build up your security and create a safer home environment.

“If you can only afford one form of security, then it has to be a physical means of stopping house robbers from reaching you. Barriers on all doors and windows help to buy you time because they’re a solid obstruction, keeping criminals at bay while you call in the cavalry, whether it’s armed response, the police or neighbors.” says Peter.

In terms of barrier type, go for the best quality you can afford. It’s not necessary to fit top of the range products to every opening unless you can afford it. The security consultant should be able to recommend a basket of products, with high-end suggestions for the more vulnerable openings and other products for windows and doors that are less likely to be targeted by criminals.

“There is no question that custom made barriers are stronger than DIY or cheap versions. They’re manufactured with extra strengthening features that may not be visible to the inexperienced eye but provide better resistance under attack. They also fit into the space properly, making it more difficult for robbers to get through them.”

Peter encourages anyone in the market for security barriers to visit the showroom of the company they are considering going with. He says that this is an excellent way of making sure you know what you’re getting. “Our showrooms are fully equipped with the entire Trellidor range in realistic formats for customers to try out. They can ask to be shown the differences in design and test the locks too.”

Trellidor attends many of the home exhibitions around South Africa so visit them there and speak to one of their experts and experience the products for yourself. You’ll also be able to take advantage of show-only special offers.

Design has come a long way in the recent years, so if your sense of style is offended by cluttered burglar proofing you can now choose from more contemporary options. “Our innovative Poly Guard, Rollerstyle, Clear Guard and Louvre Shutters ranges are always on display at these shows, so visitors can really experience what these new-generations Trellidor products are all about.”

“We’ve also added new innovations such as high-tech upgraded motors for Rollerstyle and incredibly, we’ve even managed to make the strongest locking system on the market even stronger! So if you’re thinking security, then a visit to the Trellidor stand is well worth it.”

“I understand that not everybody will be able to make it back to the shows, but that’s why I encourage people to get in contact with their local Trellidor showroom. We’ve made a commitment to protecting our customers and part of that commitment to protecting our customers and part of that commitment is having a showroom in every area we can. Our expert advise is free, so take the opportunity to let us assist you – with no obligation”

With important product choices there is no need to avoid barrier security as a means of making your home safer. “I urge people to make the effort to use our resources and develop a home security plan with us, especially if has been an after-thought up till now. Ask for advice, don’t wait until tragedy strikes.”

Sound advice from someone who really knows security.

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