Secure by Design4th Nov 2021
Securing residential estates in South Africa has become a big business.
Securing residential estates in South Africa has become a big business. It is not clear which estate initiated the secure-living trend, but rumour has it that it was a small one from the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It’s likely it was Selbourne Golf Estate, developed by Denis Barker, in the early 1980s.
Today, there are thousands of estates embracing the concept of secure living in response to an increase in crime. Security estates, as they’ve become known, offer a varied level of sophistication. This is because security improvements were initially conducted on an ad hoc basis in reaction to an incident. However, now we are seeing some standardisation across developments, and this is a positive for the industry.
‘I’ve been personally involved in security consultations in more than 70 estates, and I’ve generally found that not only is there a problem in setting standards, but there’s also the absence of a formal design approach to security provision. There is a need to develop standard terminology so that communication of ideas and processes is easily conducted between the parties involved. This inspired me to write the handbook, Secure by Design: A Guide to Residential Estate Security,’ explains Author Rob Anderson.
The purpose of Secure by Design: A Guide to Residential Estate Security is to educate all parties – be they service providers, homeowners associations and their board members, or body corporate trustees – in the underlying theory of security. This will enable them to have constructive discussions at all levels.
More importantly, when a security-related incident takes place, there can be a non-emotional evaluation using the theory presented in the handbook.
The book does not mention products or brands at all. It assumes that there will always be a careful analysis of the requirements before products are compared and chosen.
The handbook is divided into three sections:
- Basic Theory
- Building the Control Room
- Operational documents to help with the security management.
The guide offers the residential community industry the opportunity to improve residential security and to empower community management with knowledge by reading and embracing the principles provided in the book.
‘By adopting my methods and strategies, estates can look forward to improved security solutions and good returns on their technological investments,’ notes Rob.
The aim is to educate all parties, be they service providers, home owners or body corporate board members, to the underlying theory of security. This will enable them to have constructive engagement in discussion at all levels. More importantly, when a security related incident takes place, there can be a non-emotional evaluation using the theory presented in the handbook.