On average, electric fences cost around R150 – R250 per metre installed and R3 500 – R29 000 for the control box plus installation fees. – A CCTV system is one of the most costly security measures on the market because of the variety of components involved.
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The escalating crime rate in South Africa has forced millions of people to fork out thousands in the hope of preventing opportunistic criminals from gaining access to their properties.
Motorised wrought iron gates with spikes on top, 2m-high walls, electric fences, alarm systems, armed response, Trellidors and burglar bars have become common features in many suburbs around Johannesburg.
But how much are Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban residents coughing up for relatively secure homes?
The Star investigated the security measures that houses in Cape Town Suburbs, Durban Suburbs and johannesburg, have in place and looked at some of the costs involved. This is what we found:
– Burglar bars were a standard feature in every house observed. The price depends on the style of the burglar bars, the size of the window and the type of burglar bar and whether it is fitted inside or outside the house. The average cost of burglar bars range from between R400 and R600 per square metre.
– Trellidors over the front door was a security measure almost every house had installed. Trellidor brand manager Charlene Botha said on average, a medium- to high-risk Trellidor – including installation – would cost between R2 800 and R3 000.
– Fourteen of the 18 houses were serviced by armed response companies ADT, Chubb or Top Security. Monthly subscription to any armed response again depends on the type of alarm system installed, the number of infra-red sensors installed and whether it is wireless.
Subscribers can expect to pay anything from R300 per month upwards.
– An automated gate can cost anything between R2 700 and R8 000 for the gate itself. Then there is the gate motor and installation fees averaging R4 500.
– Only one property on the street had electric fencing. On average, electric fences cost around R150 per metre installed and R1 500 for the control box plus installation fees.
A CCTV system is one of the most costly security measures on the market because of the variety of components involved. There is the camera itself, which depending on the brand name and type of camera can cost anything between R1 000 to R4 550 each.
Then there’s the lens. The size of the lens and whether it is a manual or automatic zoom lens determines the cost. For a fixed focus lens, one is looking at between R100 and R600, while an automatic zoom lens can set one back between R800 and R2 000.
In addition, there is the cost of the monitors, recorders, cabling to connect the system, installation and maintenance fees to consider. Depending on the size of your property, the number of bedrooms and the level of security you choose to invest in, the total figure could easily run to over R70 000.
But for thousands of people like Megan Esterhuizen – a Montgomery Park resident – investing in multi-layered security is simply not a financially viable option.
“It’s not about what you want, but what you can afford,” she said.
Her home is one of only two houses on the street without a fence. While she admitted that she felt vulnerable to criminal activity without a wall around her house, she added that as a pensioner she could not afford the “luxuries” that have become the norm for so many.
“I don’t have a choice because I can’t afford it, but at the end of the day nothing is fool proof.
“You can only try to make it harder for criminals, but where there is a will, there is a way,” she said.
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