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 http://www.redbooklive.com.
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.