Alarm batteries are
designed to provide backup power to the alarm and
ancillary systems on an ad hoc basis. These
batteries are not designed to "deep cycle" (run down
and recharge on a regular basis) as can be the case
with load shedding.
Alarm batteries have a life span of approximately two to three years. The battery is guaranteed for a period of one year but this warranty is conditional to the battery being used as designed.
A fully functional battery will last between 4 to 6
hours depending on the number of zones your alarm system
has. If your alarm system is warning you of a low
battery condition shortly after, or during a power
failure, it means there is insufficient charge to retain
the systems integrity.
Beagle Watch issues system generated SMSs on low battery warnings as well as letters on imminent system failure to customers experiencing these complications.
It is well known that when there is building activity in
an area crime increases. Please take the following
Be alert and aware when entering and leaving your premises
Vary your routine when workmen are around
Examine any vulnerable areas around your property
Do not employ temporary staff
Limit workmen’s exposure to your property and work out which areas they are allowed access to
Lock doors and close curtains so that valuable items are not visible
Lock away valuables, including garden equipment
Do not allow animals to become friendly with workers
Guy Fawkes Day and Diwali are exciting events for
those who celebrate these festivities, however most pets
are severely distressed by the noise associated with
During these festivities keep all pets safely confined indoors. We suggest that the television or radio be left on at normal volumes to soften the loud bangs coming from outside. If you usually keep your pets outdoors, you should consider bringing them inside as an extra security measure and to prevent them escaping your property.
Consult your veterinarian if your pet is distressed by loud noises like fireworks. There are a number of ways they can help.
Dog Poisoning : Once poisoned, dogs foam at the mouth, their pupils constrict to pin point size, severe vomiting and diarrhoea can occur and they can also experience stomach cramps. Time is of the essence.
Contact your nearest vet or emergency vet and take your animal to them as soon as possible. If you have more than one dog, take them all at the same time to get examined as they may also have ingested the poison.
Dog poisoning is often an indication that criminals are trying to gain access to your home, so be especially vigilant in the days following a dog poisoning.
Report the poisoning to the police. Insist on opening a case of malicious damage to property and cruelty to animals.
The SPCA also needs to be notified as they compile statistical data on dog poisoning.
Ensure that you
have copies of all your domestic staff (part time
employees included) Identity Document, home address
and a clear photograph of each on record in a secure
Security education for your domestic worker is critical to the overall security plan for your home. Always let your domestic worker carry a panic button which they should use if they feel that a situation requires it.
Mounting bolts need to be welded to prevent the casing
from being undone and the motor stolen. One should not
be able to lift the gate off the rails therefore an
anti-lift bracket should be fitted to prevent this
A locking bracket should be added over the gate motor to prevent it from being stolen and the clutch should be locked via means of a padlock.
House robberies have
increased significantly in Gauteng.
As a result of high walls with electrified fencing, beams and alarm systems, and the affluence of some area, criminals know that the bounty behind the wall is substantial. As a result, the incidents of armed house robberies is on the increase. Criminals are willing to take high risks for which they expect high returns.
At Beagle Watch we are particularly concerned about the
unacceptable level of violent crime in our areas of
operation and would like to warn everyone to be extra
vigilant when entering and leaving your premises.
Importantly, please warn domestic workers to be vigilant
when coming and going as they often fall victim as they
commute on foot. In addition, please ensure that your
domestic workers have panic buttons and they have these
on their person, especially when entering and leaving
Make sure your entrances are unobstructed by vegetation and are well lit so that you have a clear view of the entrance to your property.
It is important
that you test your alarm system regularly to ensure
that it is operating properly and communicating with
our control room.
As with all electrical equipment, defects and malfunctions can occur and testing your system allows for timely detection of problems.
It is a fact that
there are both well-organised gangs as well as
opportunistic criminals. In many cases, they have
inside information whilst others merely capitalise
on opportunities that arise. The criminals range
from sophisticated syndicates who do not want to
harm anyone – they merely want to take what they
came for, to those who are callous, violent
criminals. The problem is however, that one never
knows which type you are dealing with when faced by
The most important things to remember if faced by an armed criminal are:
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