The complexity of residential Estates.

Security of Residential Estates

When it comes to security in residential estates, it is a lot more complicated than most people think it is. This is mainly because estates are managed as businesses would be managed.

An estate is a mixture of homes, and a business, thus will be assessed as a business. Over the last 20 years, we have conducted numerous assessments on residential estates, and we have learned a lot about the security portfolio for these estates.


We have seen more residential security profiles than most people in South Africa. With every security risk assessment Alwinco does on residential estates, we automatically cross reference the security and the risks with other residential estates we have previously assessed.

To be completely honest, residential estates are far more complex than what the residences and the management are aware of. Numerous South Africans in residential estates still want to protect the estate, as we did in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, that way does not work.

Security has changed so much over the last 34 years that criminals have adapted and evolved with the changes we find in today’s security. Because crime and security have changed so much, so has the evidence we can present in court.

It is imperative to remember

That the viewpoint the owners and management have over an estate is completely different from what the criminal has. Let me explain it this way.

The residents or management of a residential estate with 200 units on the premises want security, but they do not want the inconvenience that comes with having security. This can be anything from a cue at the gate or a fingerprint scanner for access or collecting a guest from the gate, and so forth.

They would see the estate gate as follows: the gate should always be able to open and close quickly. They expect anyone driving on the premises to obey the speed limits. Keep the lawns in order, don’t want noisy neighbors, and the list goes on and on.

The criminal,

Alternatively, with 200 units, there are at least 200 flat-screen televisions, 400 cell phones, around 300 cars, and 400 bank cards.

Praising the guard at the main gate for his exceptional memory of residents’ movements makes it surprisingly easy to gather information. The main gate functions as the estate’s central hub of information, resembling a radio station, as it keeps well-informed about all activities.

Residential estate managers need to realize that the Featherbrooke case has opened the door to legal action against those in charge of the security portfolio. It is not only victims that ask the court for guidance, but the victim’s family and friends as well.

Please take note of the two types of Security Risk Assessments. Your security Risk Consultant will explain this in greater detail.
  • Where the estate management asks what are the opportunity that led to crime and ask an independent security risk assessor to find risk and fix it.
  • Number two usually happens when something went wrong. This prompts family and friends to ask questions such as, who makes the security decisions, what research has been conducted for security solutions, and who bears responsibility for any negligence.

On that note, I ask that you read through your risk assessment numerous times.istockphoto-1457535184-1024x1024 by security of residential estates RoschetzkyIstockPhoto.

I have provided two links that I think you might like to read.

  1. the domestic ruling from the constitutional court.
  2. is of a lady called Sonja who had a different experience with residential security.

Written by Andre Mundell

Our security risk assessment projects are focused on the Gauteng Region, which includes Pretoria, Johannesburg, Midrand, Sandton, and Centurion. Additionally, we cover Bloemfontein, Durban, and Cape Town.

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Written by Andre Mundell

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