Translate to: 

Can you trust that home security product certification

LIFESTYLE NEWS - As a consumer with little knowledge about how home security barriers or any other crime prevention measures are manufactured or installed, a stamp of approval by an independent third party can help sway our purchasing decision.

But can you really trust that certification? Let's take a quick look at what approval really means in the security and access control industry.

The first assumption we make is that this third party (you and the product manufacturer are the first and second parties) has the authority to award such a stamp of approval. It's important, though, to verify the third party's claims.
The questions to ask are: who are they, what authority do they have to award their approval to this security solution and what exactly are they approving?

Local stamps of approval such as the SABS mark and ISO quality standards can be trusted as guides of quality, but remember that they may just be certifying the quality of the manufacturing process and workmanship. This is important, but isn't a testimony to the strength of the security system under attack.

For strength tests, Trellidor turned to an international testing authority, the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB). Since February 2007 there has been no local testing authority or standard to act as a watchdog in terms of the quality and strength of security barriers. Prior to that we had the South African Insurance Association (SAIA) Approved mark, which is now defunct.

The LPCB, however, is alive and well and has one of the most extensive testing laboratories in the world. Testing is done by a highly qualified team of scientists and engineers according to standards developed together with a wide range of stakeholders. Products that achieve these standards are published online at

The Trellidor Trojan 1000 security gate at Makro stores countrywide has been certified for strength under attack by a highly rated international testing body.

"LPCB approval means that certified security barriers, or security grilles as they are called in Europe, offer an effective level of deterrence and will resist a determined assault by criminals trying to gain access to a property. Our Trellidor Plus T900 and Trellidor Trojan T1000 security gates have both achieved LPCB certification," said Peter Rawson, Trellidor marketing and sales director.

These two sliding security gate designs are suitable for extremely high risk situations due to the sophisticated engineering required to achieve these levels of resistance to attack. Not every home will need such high level security, and it's reassuring to know that Trellidor's three-point locking system that was part of the construction of these security gates is now standard in most Trellidor Retractable designs including the popular Trellidor T700.

"We've made this lock our standard at no extra cost to the consumer. In spite of general misconceptions about security gate flights being attacked first, the lock is still the most common point of attack by burglars, as well as the gate's bottom track. So it's important that the lock is up to the task of resisting that attack," said Peter.

Trellidor is also a member of the Security Association of South Africa. This isn't a product certification body. Its members strive to uphold ethical standards and claims within the security industry, which is encouraging for consumers.

So next time you're in the market for home security products, remember to ask about certification and then check up on what you're told really means. Armed with knowledge you can become a responsible consumer and make use of the comprehensive Consumer Protection Act that became law in South Africa in 2011.
00:00 (GMT+2), Thu, 26 April 2012
Your Comments...
User Comment
4 years ago
Excellent Trellidor advert.
Login or Register here.
*To REGISTER you will be directed to the registration page. Once you have completed the registration process, please return to this page.



US Dollar
Pound Sterling
Australian Dollar
New Zealand Dollar
Canadian Dollar
UAE Dirham
Singapore Dollar
Chinese Yuan

Moon Cycle



Get your free daily horoscope + free daily forecast below.
Choose your zodiac sign:
March 21 - April 19
September 23 - October 22
April 20 - May 20
October 23 - November 21
May 21 - June 20
November 22 - December 21
June 21 - July 22
December 22 - January 19
July 23 - August 22
January 20 - February 18
August 23 - September 22
February 19 - March 20

Movie Trailers

A new chapter in the beloved 'Ring' horror franchise. A young woman becomes...
Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is...
Saban's Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something...
Emma le Roux is on her way home to the family farm in the Great Karoo....
Bodi (Luke Wilson), a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, is expected to become the...


Air hockey is one of everyone's favorite challenges! Represent your...
This is the most advanced edition of the popular online version of Pool...
In this Digital Domino Game all the rules are the same as the real game....
The classic mind-wracking math puzzle game is now online! With a brad new...
Voting Poll
George is getting its own biomass energy plant which will use sawdust to generate energy. Local companies are stockpiling tonnes of sawdust in anticipation of supplying the plant which is set to start operating next year. A huge economic boost for George. On the other hand, wood waste is a controversial issue that nobody seems to know how to deal with. It is combustible and if it does catch alight, smouldering wood piles are difficult to extinguish. The fine wood particles may also cause air pollution. Catch 22. Should local companies be allowed to stockpile sawdust for the plant?
Yes, it makes economic sense.
George Herald 85%
No, the risk is too high.
George Herald 15%
I'm a 52 year old man looking to meet women between the ages of 40 and 50.
I'm a 61 year old man looking to meet women between the ages of 51 and 62.