Monthly Archives: June 2014


The outer perimeter of your premises is your first line of defense. We would all rather stop criminals before they get into our yards. Perimeter security is both physical and operational and consists of either natural or structural barriers this ranging from a hedge, high fence, guard patrols, motion sensors or just a good lock.

The following are ways to secure your perimeter:


Security checks: always go around your perimeter to check for weaknesses or spots were your fence or wall has developed a weakness; particularly gaps were an intruder can gain entry. This is so you are the first to notice and hence take steps to secure those positions.


Electric fence: these will deter criminals and can be connected to your alarm or rapid response control room for detection as soon as someone attempts to get into your premises.


Security Signage: signs in strategic places that note the area is monitored or that security is on site is an effective perimeter security tool in terms of deterring burglars.

Engage Employees: Employees will realize a stranger is on site almost immediately, but will do nothing about it unless they have been inducted on what to when they do find themselves in that situation. Do they report the visitor, or do they hold open the door and allow access to your building.

Anti-climb fence: These make it impossible for a burglar to climb over your fence and gain entry into your yard.

Security beams/outside sensors: these are intrusion detection controls as we assume that if someone wants to get through the outer perimeter, they will.  This means we need to supplement our fence with intrusion detection technology that would notify you that there is an intruder in the yard before they get into the building.

Security is an ongoing process that needs to be reviewed time after time as trends and technology changes. Remember SECURITY BEGINS WITH YOU!
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any information pertaining to your perimeter security.

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Car Break-Ins: Avoiding Car Theft Smash-and-Grab

It takes less than a minute for a thief to break your car window and snatch your iPad, laptop, or purse on the front seat. Think about that the next time you dash in a store to buy a coke or bread. Don’t allow yourself to become a statistic. Car break-ins are a huge problem especially at shopping malls, schools and the airport. SECURICO offers some common sense habits and tips for preventing car break-ins.

–        Keep your car visible – Park in well-lit areas and preferably near an on-duty parking lot attendant. Avoid having your car concealed by larger vehicles or trees.

–        Don’t make it easy – Keep your car alarm on, windows and sunroofs closed and doors locked. Almost one-fourth of thefts from vehicles are from unlocked cars.

–        Hide your valuables – Experienced thieves often stake out parking lots to watch for people putting items in their trunk. Help prevent car break-ins by putting valuables like laptops, messenger bags, and electronic devices into your trunk before you get to the parking lot.

–        Trust your instincts – If you see suspicious activity or persons, find another spot to park and inform security at that place.

–        Keep your vehicle tidy – Almost any worthless personal item that’s visible from the outside–even an empty shopping bag–could be seen as a valuable or a carrier of valuables. By keeping your vehicle tidy a burglar will not confuse worthless things for valuables.

–        Pick a parking spot where there is a lot of activity. Auto thieves prefer breaking into cars in isolated areas.

–        One of the “hottest” items that thieves are targeting is the GPS system in your vehicle. Take the whole unit out of your vehicle including the mounting bracket. Don’t leave your vehicle unattended with the GPS system in plain sight and also wipe the windscreen so that the suction marks left from the system are wiped away.

As always be security conscious, it’s what separates you from being the statistic.


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There are primarily three places were one is prone to threat, risk and danger. They are; at home, at work or in transit (between home and work). To be safe from unforeseen dangers, threat or risk, there are certain things you need to do to be more security conscious. We would like to share with you some ways on how to be security conscious

Be Informed – Being security conscious begins with a conscious effort to be informed about one’s immediate surroundings. Being informed is all about staying up to date with the current happenings in your environment. It involves staying abreast with trending security issues around you.

Be Alert – Vigilant/Observe/Presence of mind – being alert is having a presence of mind wherever you find yourself. Not being carried away or distracted, but being in tune with what is going on around you

Be Proactive – Planning ahead is how you stay ahead of the enemy. Before they strike, tighten your security. At home, get the necessary security in place. Feel free to contact us for a threat assessment of your residence.

Be Restrictive – Access Control – Restriction is another way to be security conscious. The more barriers people have to cross to get to you, the less likely they would. Residential security guards, having a guard dog, installation of CCTV, using technology, and as simple as locking every entry and exit points at home and at work. Access control is all about making it uneasy for anyone to get to you. The physical barriers you set up is meant to discourage the enemy because it lets them know you are alert.

Never Give Out Information Carelessly – This seems rather normal for most Zimbabweans, secret memos and data leak out of our lips either willingly, in pubs or even in an atmosphere of hysteria. Always ensure cogent information about you or members of your family are shared amongst those trustworthy. Never give vital information to persons unfamiliar to you.

Keep Gadgets Close at Night – having gadgets like panic buttons, phones (loaded with airtime) and even the torchlight close to our easy reach permanently helps us during danger times. SOS Phone calls help to save lives as well as other home appliances.

Identify Weaknesses – Every individual/corporate body should always note the weaknesses in their home/organization and work hard to solve it. Weaknesses such as bad locks, a bad door or even a faulty bulb could be an incentive for opportunistic theft and thus attract burglars.

We alone as a people can only secure ourselves. There is no surveillance like individual surveillance. Note that your safety is paramount and no officer can protect you more than you can.


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Very often and normally when we speak of security we only seem to concentrate on external threats but we never look at those threats to our safety that can come from within the environment we live in. In a household or at the office they are various items that we use every day that can very well threaten our safety and wellbeing. As a security firm we have realized that we also need to conscientise our stakeholders and the general public of the risks that are lying within.

Some of the products you use at home are potentially hazardous. Safe handling and proper disposal of these materials will protect you, your family and our environment. Store all house hold hazardous waste out of the reach of children and pets. If the label is unreadable, missing or you can’t use your original container, clearly label the container with the true contents.

Store garden and general tools in appropriate places and never leave anything lying around in the yard which can injure your children or visitors who might be unaware of that hazardous item that is not in place. Keeping our households and offices neat will go a long way in making those environments safe for us and our families. Remember we should always be conscious about our environment not only when we are outside our homes but also when at home or at the office. This will indeed keep you safe from both internal and external threats.

As we strive to protect ourselves against intruders let us also protect our environment keeping in mind that danger may come from within and jeopardize our safety.


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