There’s nothing worse than feeling unsettled in your own home, never mind leaving it unattended for a few weeks while you’re on holiday. With an RCS Personal Loan you can stop your house from becoming an easy target. Get an RCS Personal Loan from as little as R2 000 up to R150 000, with cash in your account within 24 hours. It’s quick and easy to apply and you can get a decision in seconds. Note these tips to make your home safer these holidays:

 

IMPROVE VISIBILITY

If your home is hidden by a thick hedge or overgrown bushes, it’s time to call in the garden service. These make great hiding places for intruders. Similarly, high walls let burglars roam around your property without being seen. Installing motion sensor lighting will also increase visibility around the outside of your house so there are no dark spots to hide in (Eurolux 2 Light Security Light, R199, Builders Warehouse).

SECURE THE PERIMETER

Steel palisade fencing offers security without decreasing visibility and electric fencing adds an extra layer of protection to stop anyone jumping from a neighbour’s garden into yours. If you have an automated driveway gate, keep the gate motor locked and ask a pro about fitting anti-lift brackets.

 

 

 

LOCK IT AWAY

Doors and windows are the first point of entry so their frames must be in good condition and your exterior doors should be solid wood. Choose a sturdy deadbolt lock like the super cool Fingerprint Door Lock with Deadbolt (R3 695, Takealot). Clear security bars can be installed across your big window panes as well as your opening windows and provide top-notch security without the prison vibe. Lastly, pick up a safe that you can bolt into the back of a cupboard to lock up your smaller valuables while you’re away (from R999, Takealot).

 

FAKE IT

A house that is clearly empty is asking to be broken into so enlist the help of a friend or family member to check in and collect your post. You can also pick up a simple timer plug that will turn on lights at specific times to create the impression that someone is home (Major Tech Daily Timer, R150, Builders Warehouse).

 

 

 

CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Security cameras inside and outside your home will monitor any movement on your property. But what you really want is to connect your cameras to your smartphone so you can monitor your home wherever you are. To do this you’ll need a digital video recorder (DVR) that comes with smartphone capabilities. Check out the variety of CCTV direct systems online (from R1 999, Takealot).

 

THE BIG SHOT

Exterior beams are the priciest but most effective means of keeping intruders out of your home. A normal alarm system will alert you when someone enters your home, but the outdoor beams mean that the intruder won’t get near your house to begin with. There are DIY options that you can purchase online, but if you get the full package from an armed response company you’re looking at a cost of around R25 000.

 

SECURE YOUR HOME WITH AN RCS PERSONAL LOAN

Security doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. Luckily, an RCS Personal Loan means that you can protect your home and stay on top of your finances. It’s really easy to apply for and will give you cash in a hurry. The flexible repayment options mean you can head off on holiday worry free.

 

* Prices were correct at time of publication, but are subject to change.