A Criminal’s Tips

There are things a criminal finds very off-putting when they are scouting for a house to break into.   We are all aware of the high crime rate in South Africa, so here are a few tips from a burglar to avoid making your house an easy target.

Make sure there are no thick shrubs or trees around your house, especially near windows or burglar proof your gardendoors.

Avoid privacy fences as they provide easy hiding places for criminals and they are safe from being detected by anyone passing by your house.

Make sure you have good exterior lighting. A very good option is a motion sensor floodlight, as it will immediately let you know that something is going on.

Keep your car in the garage, especially if it is a new or expensive model, and keep your garage locked.

It is a good idea to avoid exposing your assets inside the house through a window.  It is very easy for passers-by to see what you have, and is an open invitation to any would-be intruder.  Keep curtains or blinds closed.   

If you have purchased new items, don’t just discard the boxes and packaging on the pavement.  It is a dead give-away. 

Rip them up and conceal them to avoid advertising to passers-by.

Remember, no burglary is spur of the moment.  A criminal will case the neighbourhood and take note of the times when you leave and come home, how many residents there are, and whether there is anyone home at all times.

motion sensorsMake friends with your neighbours, and if any of your neighbours does not go out to work, it is a plus for you as it will make your house less of a risk for breaking into.

Do not leave things like ladders or wheelbarrows or any item which can be used to climb lying around.  You can be sure it will be welcomed by an intruder and make it easier for them to either get in, or to get out for a quick getaway.

A couple of dogs are a big bonus.  Even little yappers.  It is very off-putting trying to break in and a dog is barking consistently.   Little yappers are a very good addition to your security.

Don’t put up a specific security company sticker, as there are criminals who could know how to disable the security of a specific company.  Get a general generic sticker instead.

A good boundary fence with added protection like electric fence or razor wire or even a topping is your first line of defence.  Make sure you get your security as tight as possible and keep your home and family safe.

If you need fencing or walling, or would like a free quotation, please feel free to contact us today and speak to one of our highly professional consultants.

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First Impressions Count

wall crumblingIn South Africa today, perimeter security is a major concern for homeowners, and if you are planning on selling your property then it is a very important point to keep in mind.

What is the first thing anyone sees when they approach your property?

Your boundary wall or fence.

First impressions count.   If your boundary wall is shabby, not properly maintained and is cracking or pealing, then it does not matter how well your house is maintained, the look of your boundary wall will be the impression indelibly printed in a potential buyer’s mind.

The impression will cause the potential buyer to believe that your house is not as well maintained as it appears to be.

It is best to repair or replace boundary walls before putting your property on the market.  That way you are assured of a much better price and an easier sale.

Your boundary wall or fence should always enhance and add to the aesthetic beauty of your property.  

Potential buyers will also be keeping their eye on the security value of the boundary wall or fence.  Your fencing or walling should not look distinctly inferior in any way to any of your neighbours.

This is when keeping up with the Joneses is an effective route to follow.  Security is important, so your walling or fencing should show that it is a priority for you too.  

It is always a good idea to go out of your property to take a really long hard look at your property to get the real street view of where your property stands in the security and aesthetic beauty of the area.

If all your neighbours have electric fencing and palisades and you do not, it will be immediately noticeable to potential buyers.  You do not want your property to stick out like a sore thumb.

Many property owners have chosen to raise their walls or fences by adding electric fencing or palisades to existing structures.  This enhances the security and is also aesthetically pleasing.

palisade on wallsAlways choose a quality product and a trustworthy team for all your walling needs.   Whether you wish to replace an existing wall or fence, or raise it to obtain more security, cutting corners can and will backfire on you when it comes to selling your property.

Your boundary wall or fence should always be something that you can be proud of and which will enhance the value of your property and add to its aesthetic beauty.

Country Wide Walling have been going for over 25 years in the walling industry, and are masters in their craft.   Speak to one of the consultants today to obtain professional advice as to what would best suit your needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements, or for a free quotation.

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Razor Spikes

razor point spikesIf your boundary fence or wall is 1.8m in height, you are able to attach extra security extensions. The total height should not exceed 2m.

Three dimensional razor spikes are very popular as anti-climb protection, and also suitable to top gates.

There is a Razor Spike designed which provides greater strength, and serves as both a physical and psychological barrier to any would be intruder.

These spikes are manufactured from steel and are heavily ribbed during the manufacturing process. This ensures ultimate sharpness and strength.

razor spikes on gateThe spikes are 11cm high and consist of 2 (two) rows of spikes. The inner spike is a thinner and stiletto shaped ribbed spike which is capable of penetrating a foot or any body part coming into contact with it.

The outer spike is barbed and angled outwards overhanging the edge of the structure to which it is attached.

These spikes are virtually impossible to climb over, and are a huge security feature, and have the added advantage that they are maintenance free.

Spikes can be fitted under electric fences, to ensure the extra security and impenetrability we all seek, in order to keep our property and family safe.

razor spike warningSpikes can also be installed under roofs to make it impossible for anyone to climb onto the roof to gain access to your home or business.

As spikes are considered extremely dangerous, they should only be added to walls or fences at a minimum height of 2m. At no time must they be added where there is a possibility of injuring pedestrians.

The spikes must be completely visible and must comply with local laws and regulations in regard to height and positioning. There should also be clear warning signs to prevent any bad repercussions at any time, should an unsuspecting person get seriously injured.

To discuss all your options, and aid in assisting you to make the right choices, or to request a free quotation, please feel free to contact us at Country Wide Walling. Our consultants will gladly assist you.

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Setting Boundaries

surveyingIt is surprising that there are many people who do not know where the precise edges of their property boundaries are.

Sometimes boundaries are lost because the property has changed hands over the years.  You cannot just assume that the boundary is consistent with the existing fences that are surrounding it.

The basis of many disputes between neighbours is the exact location of the boundary of a property, or the perceived belief that a neighbour is encroaching on your property, either knowingly, or unknowingly.

In general the boundary fence belongs to both owners, and if necessary can be checked by a surveyor.

If a new fence needs to be erected, or an old one needs to be repaired, the cost should be split equally between the two neighbours.  Both property owners have a responsibility to keep the fence in good condition, and neither neighbour is allowed to remove the fence without the permission of the other neighbour.

There are some basic rules which apply to boundary fences.  

If you wish to remove or replace an existing wall or fence, it is very important to first consult with the neighbour.  Never attach anything to a fence without consulting with the neighbour.

The same applies if you wish to raise the fence/wall for more security, e.g. attaching lattice to the fencing.

angry neighbourAlways talk to your neighbour about anything pertaining the boundary fence/wall.  Ask for any agreement to be given in writing.

Should your neighbour be difficult and refuse to do their share, it is always best to first seek legal advice.
Talking to your neighbour is the best way, and will prevent any hostilities and unpleasantness.

As we have said before:   Good fences make for good neighbours.

Should you wish to erect a new wall or fence, or raise and existing one, please feel free to contact us and speak to one of our highly trained consultants.  They will be able to advise you on what would be your best option.

Or contact us for a free quotation today.

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Secure Boundary Walling

robber stuckSecure Boundary walls are real barriers, usually high walls or fences, which are designed to physically prevent anyone from climbing over them and gaining access to your property.   A large majority of these boundary fences and walls include some fence topping to prevent any intruder from accessing your property.  These walls usually include some form of injurious topping like razor wire or electric wiring.

We need to carefully assess what type of boundary fence would be best suited to our property.  We have experts who can sit and discuss your requirements and explain all the advantages and disadvantages of the different fencing types.   It will help you to decide which would be best forrobber you. 

If you live in a high crime area, you need to have a more open type of fence so that if someone intrudes they can be seen by neighbours and passers-by.  Even though open fences are not as private as we would like them to be, they have the benefit of allowing people to see if there are any problems.

Boundary fences serve only to keep honest people out,  Today criminals will do anything to climb over fences, so we should make sure what would be our best option and get a reputable company to design and install our fences, as they are more suited to erect fences correctly, and to your best advantage.

If your family and property is your number one priority, then contact us today to discuss your requirements, and advise and guide you to make the best possible security choice for you and your family.

Please contact us  today for a free quotation or more information.

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Best Service Ever

We had our Concrete Palisade Fencing Erected by Country Wide Walling in July 2015. Although our fence was only 235m long, we were still treated as if we were one of their top clients. Service, efficiency and cleanliness were a priority for me, and Country Wide Walling delivered in all these aspects. If you want the best concrete palisade fencing company in the industry, then Country Wide Walling is the right fencing company for your walling projects.

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