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Residential Estate Security
Hartbeespoort has one of the largest concentrations of residential security estates in South-Africa. Gated communities traditionally feel safer than communities residing next to public streets. Since many security incidents do actually happen within estates, it can be argued that the gated communities should maintain some level of security conscioussness. Individual premises alarm and reaction systems are still recommended. We see that the security risk in newer estates are a bit higher, until the estate has reached maturity with most stands occupied and adequate funds avalable to upgrade perimeter security systems. The following model has been presented to participating estates by Harties Watch Estates (HWE) - a neighbourhood watch in Hartbeespoort with specific focus on gated communities:
It takes time to change the culture in any community, but we have already seen some estates that start to involve their communities in security consciousness programs. We plan to expand in 2015 upon the foundation that has been laid to assist gated communities to further involve residents in such programs.