In our Assessment we do not specify the exact type of product that you should choose as this is the only way we can remain objective and independent.
However, we will supply you with all the information regarding ‘what’ the product needs to do in order to be successful. In South Africa, there is a multitude of similar products on the market that can do what is required. The brand you choose is entirely up to you.
Feasibility depends on each individual client’s needs and what the client wants to protect. You also need to take into consideration that someone who danced with crime before will have a totally different perception of crime compared to someone who has never encountered it.
Alwinco takes crime very seriously and for this reason, we aim to supply as much information as possible on a variety of products and why each product will suffice as a solution.
For example, we will tell you that your fence needs a trigger. We will then supply you with a variety of options that will meet the requirements, such as a properly installed electric fence will provide a trigger and so will Redwall. Redwall’s trigger might be a bit more accurate than a fence’s trigger; however, if the electric fence is installed properly with the correct tracking poles and the correct zoning, it will do the same. The electric fence also provides stopping power where the Redwall only provides an alarm and no stopping power. Another option will be to install a Fibre Sonic cable on the fence. This cable is easy to install and will not be affected by overgrown trees and gardens. It will also provide you with an accurate location of where the fence was breached, but it does not have any form of stopping power. In comparison, Redwall needs a clean site which means that all the trees and gardens need to be trimmed and cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. The same applies to an electric fence.
In addition to all of this, there are CCTV cameras. These cameras need to be focused on the fence, pointing towards the outside and it needs to be high enough that it is out of reach.
CCTV also requires Video Analytics to be an effective monitoring tool. Video Analytics will also trigger an alarm, although it has no stopping power whatsoever. CCTV cameras with Video Analytics will provide you with proper video footage that can be used as evidence.
It is always advisable to implement two of the mentioned options for security purposes.
While all these solutions are feasible (depending on your requirements) and will create a secure environment if implemented correctly, it will be of no use if all the information is not routed to a central point where it can be acted upon where necessary.
This is usually where most corporate companies miss the point. If you think about it logically, like the entire companies’ fuel consumption that goes to one point, the salaries are allocated to a specific department, stationery orders are allocated to a department, etc. it only makes sense that security is also allocated to a specific department that can focus solely on the security aspect of the company. This is often referred to as the Control Room.
Now, when you ask Alwinco which solutions are the most feasible, we rely on what we see every day and the dances we’ve had with crime to measure feasibility and if I had to make a decision on what which road to follow, my advice would then be as follows:
Install a proper electric fence with the addition of the best possible Video Analytic software and CCTV cameras. In the dark areas, I would install thermal cameras for optimal coverage of the entire area.
360-Degree cameras and Fish Eye cameras are new on the market and might be more expensive in the beginning, but it needs to be kept in mind that it replaces between 5 and 9 cameras. This means less installation and fewer cables. It also functions as either 5 or 9 cameras in one.
Unfortunately, not everybody sees what we see every day and might not agree with this solution which is why we provide more than one solution for your problem. In essence, feasibility is a very ‘personal’ concept.
Written by Andre Mundell