“There are three key factors in security:
early warning, communication and a safe zone.”

Owen Paton, Security Veteran and founder of SMS

If we could button down all that you need to know about security, it would be these three fundamental concepts.  It’s easy to get carried away with the latest that technology has to offer, but we at Security and Manpower Solutions always try to keep the fundamentals in mind in order to consistently deliver optimal security services that are of true benefit to our clients.

Let’s take a closer look at how knowing the three fundamentals of security can benefit you:

Early Warning
You don’t want to know that you’re being invaded when the perpetrators barge in on you; you want to know as early as possible, so that you can communicate that you’re in trouble and get yourself, and your loved ones, into your safe zone.

One of the best advantages that criminals have is either being able to gain access and move around undetected, or, having the element of surprise.  Early warning takes this advantage away from them.

A good early warning system can include various aspects such as perimeter fencing, outdoor beams or passives that can pick up movement around your property, strategic lighting and even CCTV surveillance. These solutions can be tailored to take into account whether or not you have pets, from what direction you access the main entrance to your house, what times you're on the property etc.

No matter what your budget is, our team can put together a solution that will give you back the advantage in a crisis situation. (click here to mail us about early warning systems)

You need to tell someone that you’re in trouble.  Communication of your situation happens best through a direct link of the alarm to our control-centre.  Having your fence and outdoor passives linked to your alarm, which, if triggered, will send a signal to our control-centre that your security has been breached, can do this automatically.  Another important aspect of communication is a panic button which you can use to let the control-centre know that you are in an emergency situation and to dispatch an armed response unit to you immediately.

The next best option is a cell phone.  We are integrating a mobile-panic solution into our existing communication system, which allows you to use your cell phone as a panic button and is a very affordable way of communicating a panic situation if you do not have an alarm system installed. 

Another option, if you’re hiding and are unable to talk, is to text for help.  Make sure that you programme this number into your phone now – 0825289662 – it will get you straight through to our control room 24hrs a day.  Your text should state: “PANIC” and your address.  The more options that you have to communicate with someone outside of your situation, the better.

It is also imperative to test your panic buttons regularly for flat batteries or faulty signals.  Click here for more info.

A Safe Zone
Even the fastest armed-response still takes a few minutes, so you need to have a safe zone.  This is an area that you and your loved ones can go to be protected from personal harm while you wait for help to arrive.  A safe zone does not necessarily have to be a special room; it can be created by the correct installation of security gates and burglar bars.  Remember, if the invaders can’t get to you, they would rather try to steal what they can and leave, now that you know that they’re there.  They will be more inclined to leave you alone if it will take too long to get to you.

It's a good idea to have a plan, so we encourage you to have a discussion with your loved ones and colleagues about the above three fundamentals so that everyone knows what to do in the event of an intrusion.