LOCKLATCH™ ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Home Security: 7 Burglary Myths Debunked
May 8, 2022
With so much security advice out there, it can be hard to know what advice to follow. So, in this article we will be debunking some common burglary myths to help you make informed decisions about your home security.
7 Things Your Handyman Won’t Tell You (But Every Homeowner Should Know)
April 9, 2022
Whether you’re thinking about doing a big renovation or just some light fixing up around the house, there are things that your handyman or contractor may not tell you.
Causes of crime in South Africa
March 12, 2022
Chandre Gould, a researcher from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), interviewed South African prisoners to try to understand the underlying problem with crime and violence in South Africa.
Current Crime Stats SA and Causes of Crime in South Africa
August 27, 2021
Most of us have been directly or indirectly affected by the growing crime in South Africa and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. House safety and home security is a daily worry for most South Africans and it’s no surprise why, when you see the stats. According to Crime Stats SA there have been a total number of 26.8 million crimes committed since 2005.
Hotel Safety and Security
July 29, 2021
This article takes a deeper look at the issue of security for accommodation facilities, while the focus is primarily on hotels many of the tips featured here are universal and can be applied to other forms of accommodation including guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and guest farms.
June 29, 2021
When it comes to deciding which school is the right choice for your children there are a host of factors that you need to consider. These include things such as the facilities, location, history, academic credentials, sports and extracurricular activities. However, one area that is often overlooked, and is extremely relevant in South Africa, is the issue of school security.
Ultimate Guide to DIY Home Security Solutions
May 22, 2021
Discover some great home security DIY projects you can do today. We’ve put together this ultimate guide to help make your home safer than ever. Whether you’ve just moved into a new home, or are renovating one you’ve stayed in for some time, one of the quickest and simplest ways to improve property values and generally make your home a more pleasant place to live is to upgrade your security.
Home Security: How to Keep Unwanted Animals Out of Your Home
April 23, 2021
For most people, the only animal that may invade your home is a lost bird or a stray cat, but for those South Africans that live on the Cape Peninsula, the South Coast, or in Kwazulu-Natal, animal home invaders may look very different. Through a variety of factors such as habitat destruction and the growth of urban areas both baboons and monkeys are increasingly coming into contact with people in these areas. While it is important to understand the spatial and ecological reasons behind this phenomenon, if you live in one of these areas you still have to consider how to protect your property.
Home security for rental tenants
April 1, 2021
If you’re looking to upgrade home security in your own home, your biggest consideration will be budget, but what if you are renting the property? This article explores the topic of home security for rental tenants. We start by looking at who is responsible for security upgrades, before exploring some good security upgrade options that tenants can do themselves as well as measures landlords can take to make their tenants feel safer and ultimately raise the value of their property.
Working From Home? Up your Home Security
March 16, 2021
Due to the effects of Covid 19 many of us have been forced to face the challenges of working from home. This has meant getting used to new schedules; balancing work and family life; and integrating new technologies to enable better communication and collaboration. While a lot of South Africans have risen to these challenges one aspect of working remotely, that isn’t often discussed is security. This article explores how working from home changes your home security needs and some of the measures you can take to secure your home office.
Natural allergy prevention remedies for your home
March 2, 2021
The changing of the seasons bring many wonderful phenomena, but one negative aspect of this beautiful time is allergies. If you are someone who suffers from allergies then you know the unpleasant side effects such as sneezing, itchy eyes or a runny nose, and while there are many treatments and medicines they only treat the symptoms instead of preventing allergies from occurring in the first place.
This article takes a look at what allergies are, and what causes them, before looking at some natural steps you can take to lessen your exposure to allergens and reduce the frequency and intensity of allergic reactions.
How to keep cool in summer
February 23, 2021
The South African summer seems to go on and on and new research, conducted jointly by the University of the Witwatersrand and Free State University, has shown that this is no heat-induced illusion. On average South Africa has six solid months of summer weather starting in October and continuing to March. While there are many advantages to this abundance of fair weather, for many South Africans the hot summer months can be a source of discomfort, and this has only been aggravated by the lockdown restrictions that have, until recently, kept us shut indoors.
Luckily for us, there are many life hacks relating to keeping cool in summer, and we’ve collected them in this guide that aims to help you beat the heat.
All about having Pets in a Residential Complex in South Africa
February 5, 2021
Over the past decade South Africa has seen a marked increase in residents opting to live in residential complexes or gated estates. In fact, according to Lightstone Properties, one in ten new South African home buyers are choosing to buy in gated communities. There are many reasons for this including easier access to amenities and a greater sense of community with other residents. However, the single biggest reason for choosing to live in a gated community or residential complex in the South African context is increased security.
While all of these are really good reasons to consider the move, one area that needs to be considered, is how the rules of the estate or complex will affect your pets. Over the course of this article, we will look at what restrictions may apply to you and how you can ensure that your pet is happy in this new environment.
How to Childproof your Home
February 1, 2021
There are many reasons to childproof your home, the most obvious being the safety of your little ones, but the exercise of auditing your living space and making small changes to make it safer for your child can lead to a reduction in stress and increased peace of mind for the parent as well. While discussions around child home safety usually concern ways to make the interior and grounds of your property safer for your child, the high crime statistics in South Africa necessitate that parents also consider these external factors when looking into childproofing.
Best in Show – Celebrate International Dog Day With a DIY Dog Obstacle Course
August 17, 2020
When we think of dog obstacle courses, we can all picture the performance of owners and their highly trained pets charging through tunnels and over jumps in a finely honed routine, which has been perfected over months or even years of vigorous training. And while this may seem unattainable to the average pooch, there are many advantages in this type of training for pets and their owners alike. The best part is you don’t need access to special facilities for this type of training - by creating a simple obstacle course at home you can start reaping the benefits of improved discipline and a healthier pet who is mentally and physically stimulated. In celebration of International Dog Day on the 26th of August, we’ve put together this primer to get your best friend jumping, weaving and running.
7 Key Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Dog Door
June 22, 2020
Dog doors are essential in ensuring that your furry friends get the freedom and exercise they need without comprising on your home safety. With so many doggy doors out there, choosing just the right one that your dog will easily adapt to (while still considering costs, logistics and safety) can be tricky. To help you navigate all the options out there, and to help you choose just the right doggie door for you and your pet, here are 7 key things to consider before choosing your dog door.
Looking for a Dog Door or Cat Flap? Read this First!
May 28, 2020
If you are in the market for a dog door or cat flap, read this article first. We have outlined the things you need to consider before buying and installing one.
How To Keep Monkeys Out Of Your House
April 21, 2020
Yes, you read that correctly this is an article about how to keep monkeys out of your house! And while this might seem like a very specific problem, for people who live in areas with large monkey or baboon populations (like the Kwazulu Natal or the Cape Peninsula) it can be a daily struggle keeping these pesky primates out of your kitchen or pantry. Apes and monkeys are highly skilled burglars, not only are they able to smell food sources from far away, but they are also adept at finding ways into your home. Read more on how to keep monkeys out of your house.
In Your Words: From Door and Window Security to Safe Ventilation
February 7, 2020
There are so many features and benefits to LockLatch, but probably the greatest one is its versatility. LockLatch (and PetLatch) can fit on so many types of doors and windows and that’s why so many people around the world have found it to be the perfect security solution for them. Whether you are looking to allow better ventilation in your home; make your home more secure; or need to offer a pet more freedom of movement, LockLatch could be just what you’re looking for. But enough preamble, let’s look at some of the things LockLatch users have said about our product.
Ultimate Security Checklist Download
November 11, 2019
Download our ultimate security checklist!
We understand that as a South African, protecting your home and your loved ones is the number one priority. So we’ve put together this comprehensive home security checklist of questions – allowing you to fully audit the status of your home and adjust where needed. If you answer “no” to any of these, it will identify areas of your home security that you need to look at.
Top Dogs: Our Favourite Dog Friendly Beaches in South Africa
October 25, 2019
Summer is upon us and that means long days, even longer braais and, if you live along the coast, long walks on the beach with our favourite companion. Most dogs love the beach, and it’s easy to understand why. Beaches offer almost endless space for active dogs to run, play, chase balls and interact with friends. But depending on where in South Africa you live, it can be tricky knowing whether your best friend would be welcome. This is especially true if you are thinking of taking your dog with on holiday and want to be sure they enjoy the summer holiday as much as you do. There are so many amazing dog friendly beaches on the south African coastline, it would be impossible to create a comprehensive list. Instead we thought we’d take a journey from the West Coast to the Dolphin Coast and highlight some of our favourites.
Hijack Prevention Tips Near Your Home
July 8, 2019
While there are many possible reasons why vehicle hijacking rates don’t seem to be improving, perhaps the most interesting one is increased vehicle security. As owners and manufacturers implement more security features it becomes harder to steal a parked or stationary car, and thus an armed hijacking becomes the only way that car theft syndicates can get their hands on your wheels. It's evident that this problem is not going anyway, so we have put together a guide on how to avoid a hijacking near your home.
5 Tips to Keep Monkeys Out of Your Home
May 22, 2019
If you live in an area with wild monkeys, you probably already know just how these stealthy and intelligent animals can wreak havoc in a home. So we have collected 5 of our top tips to keep monkeys and baboons out of your home!
LockLatch®: The Versatile & Lockable Latch Lock
March 19, 2019
The brainchild of South African inventor, Anthony Bairos, LockLatch® started out as a way for Anthony to allow ventilation and keep out sticky fingers while sailing off the coast of Venezuela. Since then the idea has grown into a practical product with global patents; a product that protects homes across South Africa, the UK and Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand.
10 Home Security Tips to Keep Your Home Safe
October 29, 2018
When it comes to home security tips to keep you and your family safe, you can never get enough advice. If we’re honest with each other, South Africa continues to struggle with crime. Read on for 10 home security tips to keep your home safe.
Home Security and Estate Living
March 1, 2018
Home security tips are easy to come by, and there are many devices and measures you can take to improve the general security of your home. However, the installation of slam-lock gates, burglar bars or complicated alarm systems can be expensive, and for people who own property in security estates or golf estates the problems can be confounded by the aesthetic guidelines outlined in the estate’s rules. For many homeowners, this means that safety precautions such as burglar bars are just not an option.
General & Safe Ventilation With LockLatch®
November 23, 2017
As any homeowner or tenant will tell you, the balance between home security and keeping your home ventilated safely is a constant battle. We all like to enjoy fresh air and to give our pets unlimited, easy access, but keeping our home from being stuffy by leaving windows and doors open can be a huge security risk. Not any more! LockLatch™ latch locks are the definitive window latches and door catches, ensuring your home has general and safe ventilation!
Understanding & Preventing Home Invasions in South Africa – Infographic
November 2, 2017
A study by Professor Zinn* makes interesting and useful reading in terms of the way South African criminals set about planning and executing a domestic burglary. Prof. Zinn interviewed 30 convicted and incarcerated criminals and we have captured these results in an infographic below.
The letter a Dad does not want to write
June 27, 2017
Last week my daughter phoned me following an increase in crime in the area including home invasions involving some of Kate’s close friends. The phone call took me aback, but once I’d collected my thoughts I wrote this e mail to Kate.
4 Innovative Home Security Products You Didn’t Know You Needed
October 20, 2016
If you’re looking to add a little more to protect your home this summer, then we have just the home security product ideas for you. As we learned in our previous Crime in SA article, burglary is still on the rise which means burglar proofing is still a top priority. New gadgets, tech and home security products are popping up all the time to help you take your burglar proofing to the next level. Here are the top four home security products trending this spring.
Your Complete Home Safety and Home Security Checklist
October 17, 2016
Is your home as safe and secure as you think? At LockLatch we understand that as a South African, protecting your home and our loved ones is the number one priority. Which is why we’ve put together this comprehensive home safety and home security checklist of questions - allowing you to fully audit the status of your home and adjust where needed. If you answer “no” to any of these, it will identify areas of home safety and security that you can look at.
Burglar Proofing Your Home
September 27, 2016
You have an alarm, security gates and private security, but how safe is your home? When it comes to home safety and protecting your home, you can never be too careful. Home security tweaks are essential in protecting your home against criminals who are targeting your home. To that end, we’ve put together these burglar proofing tips to help you increase home security.
Hijacking Crime Stats and Hijacking Safety Tips
Causes of crime in South Africa and the increase in hijackings specifically, is said to be directly related to the increase in unemployment, increase in willing buyers for stolen or hijacked cars and a lucrative cross border market. Here are some hijack safety tips to help you prevent becoming a crime statistic.
Observation: A Way of Lowering the Crime Rate in South Africa
July 26, 2016
Making observations during crime can dramatically increase the chances of criminals getting caught. We’ve put together a few of these observation techniques, a way of using your five senses to identify as much as you can in the unfortunate case that you or your family are a victim of crime in South Africa.
The Crimes That South Africans Fear Most
June 30, 2016
A survey about crime in South Africa conducted by Statistics South Africa focusing on crime stats sa has listed the crimes which South Africans are most afraid to fall victim to in the country. Click to read full article.
4 Reasons Why Your Home Needs Proper Ventilation
June 27, 2016
Having proper ventilation in the home is about more than just comfort. Whether you have a ventilation system at home or use natural ventilation, good ventilation ensures you keep the fresh air in and the volatile organic compounds and condensation out! Here are four very important health reasons why house ventilation is so important.
4 Do’s and Don’ts to Survive a Home Invasion
June 14, 2016
There is no denying it , home invasions are unfortunately on the rise in South Africa. To help with home invasion prevention and safety, we’ve put together these 4 Do’s and Don’t to Survive a home invasion.
7 Must-Have Boat Accessories
May 9, 2016
As many boating experts will tell you, there are certain things that you can not live without while at sea and when docked. For new boat owners and seasoned sailors alike, we've collected and put together a list of must-have boat accessories and items to get you started or to keep you in check.
5 Strategies to Help Keep Your Family Safe During a Home Invasion
May 4, 2016
Knowing what to do if someone breaks into your house or being able to identify home invasion signs are vitally important in keeping your family safe during a home invasion.
Baboon Deterrents: 5 Ways to Protect Your Home From Baboons
April 25, 2016
If you live in an area plagued by baboons and have been unlucky enough to have had such an invasion, we don’t have to tell you how much damage they can cause. Eliminate the baboon invasion threat with these 5 baboon deterrents, and enjoy more peace of mind.
5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Home Invasions
April 21, 2016
Home invasions in South Africa are unfortunately on the rise, leaving a lot of us feeling vulnerable and afraid for our family’s well-being. Here are 5 home security tips to help you reduce the risk and prevent home invasions.
Home Security Tips
March 31, 2016
Watch this video and get some tips on securing you home. It's filmed in the US but has some ideas on how to prevent burglary for SA
8 Tips to Improve Home Safety for Kids
March 29, 2016
Whether you are a new parent or have friends with children, home safety for kids is paramount. As young children start to explore, there are so many hazardous things in your home to identify.
8 Tips To Prevent Home Invasion
March 1, 2016
View this 4 minute clip on DIY home security tips and ideas for home security products. It's filmed in the United States, but definitely pertains to South Africa as well.
9 Tips to Keep Your Home Secure While Renovating
February 23, 2016
Renovating and worried about security? We have some tips for you! Remodelling or renovating your home is stressful enough without the added anxiety of home security.
How to Keep Your Boat Safe and Secure
February 9, 2016
LockLatch’s design was first thought of by Anthony Bairos, an avid sailor and founder of Locklatch, while he was sailing off the Brazilian coast.
Caravan Security and Safety – 8 Tips
January 29, 2016
Summer is in full swing and there’s nothing better than taking the caravan up the coast for a little weekend r&r. However, as any caravan owner will tell you, there are two main concerns when caravaning - ventilation and security.
12 Home-Alone Safety tips for women whose partners are out of town
January 4, 2016
As South Africans, security and safety are always on the forefront of our minds. This can be particularly more stressful for women who find themselves home alone when their partners are out of town.
7 DIY Home Security Tips You Can Do This Weekend
December 15, 2015
We all know that securing the home is paramount, but safety protocols can sometime be a costly business. However, increasing your home security doesn’t have to cost a fortune or require installation experts.
Security Tips for Your Holiday Home
December 3, 2015
Whether you've just spent the most amazing week at your holiday home or you’re the proud owner of brand new vacation property to rent out, safety and security are always a concern.
10 Things You Never Knew About Home Security
November 30, 2015
You have an alarm company, you have latched the doors, and joined the neighbourhood watch, but is your home as safe and secure as it could be? Here are 10 things you probably never knew about home safety for added peace of mind.
7 Key Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Dog Door
Dog doors are essential in ensuring that your furry friends get the freedom and exercise they need without comprising on your home safety. With so many doggy doors out there, choosing just the right one that your dog will easily adapt to, while still considering costs, logistics and safety, can be tricky.
7 Home Security Tips That Cost Nothing
November 18, 2015
JOIN your Neighbourhood Watch and local WhatsApp Group. Neighbourhood Watches have been a great source of information for SAPS and Security Service Providers. And when used properly, WhatsApp Groups allow for the quick communication of any criminal or suspicious behavior to help prevent burglary.
LockLatch interview with David Batzofin and Steve Pearce
And this is David Batzofin, it is Radio Today and talking about buying local, let’s talk to Steve Pearce about Locklatch, Steve good morning welcome to you.
10 Easy and Effective Home Security Tips
October 26, 2015
Home security is vitally important to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones but making your home more secure doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg! Here are 10 tips to improve your home security today.
Need a Cat Flap or Doggy Door? Read this First!
August 19, 2015
We got a kitten for our youngest daughter. To start with Cersei stayed inside while she got used to her new home. But it wasn’t long before it was time for her venture outside – so we started to look at the options for a cat flap.
Understanding and Preventing House Burglary in South Africa
July 28, 2015
A study by Professor Zinn* makes interesting and useful reading in terms of the way South African criminals set about planning and executing a domestic burglary.
Locklatch® – A clever and brand new South African invention with “world wide” protection through PCT Applications
July 23, 2015
They say that necessity is the mother of all invention and in the case of South African inventor, Anthony Bairos, this couldn't be truer.