The Howick Herald - 14 November 2018

Security tips for the Festive Season by Knight Security Solutions

Remember to plan for a safe and secure holiday season. The festive season unfortunately sees a rise in criminal activities. By simply preparing, being sensible and cautious, you can enjoy the festive season more. Here are our most effective tips for holiday safety and security:

1. Install an alarm
An important layer of defence to your home is an alarm system. Ensure that if you do have an alarm system that it is in good working order. Take responsibility and test your alarm system at least 4 weeks before you go away.

2. All locked up
Even if you are going out for a short time, lock your house and windows. Make sure that you also set your alarm.

3. Don’t provide cover for would be criminals (cut back foliage)
Deter criminals from targeting your house by ensuring you cut back trees and bushes. Investigate installing movement sensor lights and report broken street lights. KSS also suggest making sure your house number is visible for the fastest response if you need to call for help.

4. Upgrade your defences
Make sure that broken locks or doors and windows that have been damaged or tampered with in are repaired. Make sure that you have strong gates on doors and burglar guards on windows. External PIR beams are also an effective early warning system. Also ensure that your perimeter fence is an effective deterrent.

5. Monitor all out-buildings
Garages, out-buildings and garden sheds are often targets for criminals who can then use your tools or ladders to gain access to the main house. Linking these outside areas to your house alarm system or installing a movement sensor light can be a useful deterrents, along with keyed locks.

6. Don’t make you house or business an obvious target
Ask friends to collect your mail and to stop junk mail from building up in your letterbox while you’re away from home. A neighbour parking in your driveway can also help signal the house is not unoccupied. Other measures could include internal lights or a radio set on timers and organising for someone to mow your lawn.

7. Guard your keys
Most people know not to hide keys somewhere in the house but also make sure that you don’t lend out your keys. Keys are easily copied and can provide criminals with fast access to your house.

8. Store valuables in a safe
Ensure that your safe is correctly installed. Here is some advice:
• The safe should be epoxied to the walls.
• Then bolted to the walls and floor.
• It should be rawl bolted and epoxied to at least TWO walls and the floor.
• Further to that, it is highly recommended that the safe then be concreted in.
• Is your safe robust enough to with stand a crowbar forcing the door open? If not then you need to reconsider getting a more robust safe if you are going to go to the measures outlined above.
• Monitoring of the safe can be incorporated into an existing alarm system or be monitored independently if needed.

9. Don’t advertise valuables
Take a look at your house from the outside and see what is visible from the road. Don’t leave valuables lying around outside or inside your house that are within view from the road. Many criminals are opportunistic and will quickly steal items left lying around.

10. Make friends with your neighbours
In tight knit communities, people look out for each other. Neighbours can report suspicious activity at your home and help when you’re away – and you can return the favour.

If you need any further advice please contact the KSS offices on 033 3305911 at any time of day or knight. For further security advice you can contact Keshen on 083 393 5265 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also contact Gary on 082 8947 628 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Village Talk - 26 September 2018

Village Talk
26 September 2018

Remote Jamming
Make sure that your vehicle is locked before you walk away from it. There have been a number of recent incidents. Report remote jamming immediately to centre security, SAPS or call Knight Security Solutions on 033 330 5911.

Personal Safety Presentations
Debbie Preston has been invited to numerous schools recently to talk to the learners and provide them with some really simple, effective and powerful information to ensure that they are better mentally aware of their own safety. Debbie is available to do presentations for schools, businesses, residential estates, staff development etc… on Personal Safety. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 083 775 6296. There is a cost involved.

Apprehending criminals
KSS Reaction Officers and Operations staff have apprehended over 85 criminals in Howick, Hilton, Merrivale and the surrounding areas so far this year. This is 70% higher than this time last year. The main reason for this success is the proactive, dedicated KSS staff that care about YOU. There are also a number of other contributing factors that include more community participation and communication in terms of reporting suspicious people or vehicles.

Increase in opportunistic crime
There has been an increase in petty crime and intruders. The perpetrators are small groups of males between the ages of 18 to 30. These men are looking for any items of value lying around outside houses or visible from the road. They are also targeting un-alarmed houses, outbuildings and vehicles.

Please report suspicious people and ensure that you get accurate descriptions of the suspicious person/s and vehicles. There are guidelines of what to look for (people and vehicles) on our Knight Security Solution’s website www.knightsecurity.co.za and Facebook page.

Response to Incidents
Please note that WhatsApp and social media are not formal mediums through which security companies dispatch an Armed Response vehicle. Security company structures are far more complex and the dispatch of an Armed Response vehicle is primarily through alarm and panic activation signals, as well as direct phone calls to the Control Room.

Please report anything suspicious to our 24/7 Knight Security Solutions Control Room on 033 330 5911. Please report all incidents of a criminal nature to your local SAPS as well.
SAPS Howick 033 239 9340
SAPS Mpophomeni 033 238 0078
SAPS Hilton 033 845 6500 / 033 845 6521

Take Ownership
You have to take responsibility for your personal security at home and be vigilant when you are out and about. Even if you live in a secure complex/estate, YOU have to make sure that you lock and secure your garages, doors and premises at night or if you are not at home. Also ensure that, if you have an alarm, that you set it when you are out during the day and then again when you go to sleep at night.

Home Security
Be proactive and ensure that your home and outbuildings are well secured with an alarm and external beams as an early warning systems. CCTV cameras are also effective. For all your security needs and professional advice, call Gary on 082 894 7628 or Keshen on 082 326 5672. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember – You are safer with us!

Village Talk - 15 August 2018

Remote Jamming
Don’t just walk away from your vehicle – double check it!

Knight Security Solutions is ever aware of safety and security concerns raised by the community. Remote jamming is one such crime that deserves attention as it is still occurring in our areas.

What is remote jamming?
When you leave your vehicle and push the remote to activate the locking system, a criminal nearby pushes a similar remote at the same time, effectively blocking the signal of the locking remote. This causes the person to believe their vehicle is locked but it is actually left open for the criminal to freely access.

How does remote jamming work?
Many modern remote controls work with radio waves that use an allocated radio frequency, hence they are vulnerable. Most remote controls, including those for motor vehicles, gate, and garage automation operate on a frequency of 433MHz, and understandably, this frequency has become very busy.

When a remote control button is pressed, it sends a message (command) on the allocated frequency to a receiver (in the vehicle) to perform an action: lock or unlock the vehicle. At the other end, the receiver is “listening” for a specific message that it can interpret to perform a required action.

But, when a button of another remote is pressed in close proximity, the receiver receives (hears) two messages simultaneously. The two messages are then scrambled, the receiver cannot interpret the message and therefore no action is initiated (the vehicle’s doors are not locked).

Thieves often use a standard frequency gate or garage remote control to jam the signal sent by a car remote control. To make matters worse, there are also now “professional” jamming devices available that function on a range of frequencies and that have much higher signal power. These devices can influence a vehicle’s remote control from a much greater distance.

It should be noted that these remote control and jamming devices cannot unlock your vehicle. They can only stop your remote control from working properly when trying to lock the vehicle.

How to avoid becoming a victim of remote jamming?
• Never push the remote locking whilst walking away from the vehicle.
• Check that the vehicle is locked by testing the door/s before walking away. Then PHYSICALLY double-check that your car has been locked. Do this every single time you lock your car!
• Ensure the boot is also locked.
• Park your car in a secure parking area.
• Be aware of the surroundings at all times.
• Take note of suspicious persons or activity in and around the parking area. Report suspicious activity to security
• Do not leave valuables in an unattended vehicle or keep items out-of-sight.

By being vigilant and minimising the appeal of your car as a target, you will more than likely avoid becoming a victim of remote jamming theft. YOU have to take ownership of your own safety and security.

Village Talk - 25 July 2018

Knight Security Solutions
Making a difference in our communities!

This year has seen Knight Security Solutions (KSS) as busy as ever serving the safety and security needs of the Howick, Howick West, Merrivale, Hilton and surrounding Midland’s communities.

To date for 2018, KSS Operations staff have apprehended 71 criminals in our geographical area – this is a significant 60% increase for the same time period in 2017. KSS are also proactive in keeping the community informed about crime trends and updates through their weekly crime newsletters, website and Facebook page.

On-going staff training and strategic planning has seen a steady improvement in service delivery over the years, with KSS now having one of the best Emergency Control Rooms, Technical and Operations Divisions in the Midlands. For over 29 years Knight has been serving our communities.

KSS has a 24 hour Emergency Control Room that uses the latest alarm communication technology and a 24 hour Armed Response Division. A Guarding Division that secures Estates, Businesses, Industrial Sites, Construction Sites, Schools and Domestic Residences with the latest technology on the market. KSS also has a highly skilled Technical Division that does alarm installations, upgrades and repairs, CCTV (HD and IP) installations and advises on the latest security technology (Biometrics, Magnetic Door/Gate Locks, Intercoms, Nurse Call Systems etc…). The KSS K9 Division is equipped with trained patrol and tracker dogs that are able to work on all our Guarding sites.

KSS has pioneered a holistic approach to emergency response in the KZN Midlands. The KSS Control Room works hand in hand with SA CAN TrackBox, all local ambulance services, local SAPS, Provincial SAPS, SAPS K9 unit, flying squad, uMngeni Fire Department, uMngeni Municipal Control Room and numerous other private, government and not-for-profit organisations.

KSS also boasts 100% PSIRA compliance in the security industry and embraces integrity, professionalism and innovation.

KSS is continually investigating ways in which we can improve our service to the community. If you have any ideas or suggestions we would love to hear from you. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Remember – you are safer with us!

Emergency

Our 24/7 control room number is 033-330-5911

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Mon - Fri: 7.30am to 4.30pm

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Our Office

5 Old Main Road

Merrivale
Kwazulu-Natal
3291

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