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Start Thinking Like a Criminal.

pink climbing old english rosesGood perimeter walls add security to your property and at the same time they delineate property lines.

You want your family to be comfortable in your own home, therefore security is a top priority. Your fence or wall is your first line of defence and, if professionally erected will not only guard your property, but will buy you time to get help should the need arise.

For added security you can train an old English Rambling Rose over the entire fence. Once it is established there is no way anyone is going to get over that wall or fence. The old English Rambling Rose is well known for its vicious thorns.

If you are wanting aesthetic beauty as well, then the old English Rose is a really good option, as during the summer months you are rewarded with an abundance of beautiful, fragrant roses.

There are things which you, as a homeowner can do to help ensure your property is secure and as safe as you can possibly get it.

Start thinking like a criminal.

A criminal would inspect your fence to see whether there are any weak spots where they can gain access.

Do the same.

Make a habit of regularly taking a walk around your property and inspect the wall or fence to ensure that there are no weak spots, which are an open invitation to criminals.

Anti Climb Rotator SpikesThere are ways to upgrade your fencing to help ensure your safety. You can have a variety of toppings to make your property unattractive to would-be intruders, e.g. roller spikes, or electric fencing.

You can raise your wall or fence to aid in making it more safe and off-putting to criminals.

Make sure you have an anti-vandalism bracket on your gate motor to prevent it from being tampered with.

If you feel you need your wall or fence raised, or you would like to have a good security wall or gate installed, or to request a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us at Country Wide Walling to discuss your options with one of our professional consultants.

Help is only a phone call away.

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Don’t Attract Criminals

Wall ThiefResearch has shown that building high walls is actually not good security.

You ask why? The answer is simple.

If you are living behind high walls for privacy and security, your ability to see what is going on outside your property is impossible, and it works both ways. You can’t see out, and security companies or police cannot see in.

If an intruder gets access to your property they are then shielded from being seen by anyone on the outside of your property, and can then happily go about their criminal activities without anyone being alerted to their presence.

Having palisade fencing on a lower wall gives people on the outside the opportunity to see the criminal and alert the security or police. It could save your life and the lives of your family.

Crime is escalating, and good security fencing is your first line of defence. Stop making your property attractive to would be intruders.

prefab and palisadeSouth Africa is renowned for having an extremely high rate of violent crime. For example. In the mid 1990’s, South Africa’s murder rate was 6 (six) times higher than that of America and 20 (twenty) times higher than that of Britain. Since 1995 South Africa has ranked in the top 6 (six) countries for violent crime.

Don’t become a statistic, with help and advice from the Professional Consultants at Country Wide Walling, you can choose the best security perimeter fence or wall for your property.

Better to be safe than sorry. Whether you need a new fence or wall, or wish to raise existing walls or fences, our Consultants will gladly assist you.

Do not hesitate to contact us today for advice or a free quotation.

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Risk Assessment is a High Priority

palisadeIt is vitally important that we have a very secure perimeter fence or wall to protect our property and family.  It is, and always will be our first line of defence, and, as such, we need to ensure that we have high-security fencing around our property to act as an effective deterrent to would-be criminals.

We must always ensure we know the legal requirements necessary for the erection of good perimeter walls and fences, to avoid unnecessary tearing down of a structure because we have not met the legal requirements.

This is where it is good to consult with experts like Country Wide Walling, who will be able to advise and guide us in making the best possible choice to meet out specific needs.

It is vital to perform a risk assessment to establish threats and consequences of any breaches in security.

You need to take into account whether your property is in a high crime area, and also whether there have been attempts to breach your existing security.

Sometimes you may need to re-evaluate your security, and the risks to see whether you have achieved an acceptable level of protection.  You need to get your security to as close to 100 per cent as possible, and always have the option to add to your protection by installing CCTV, or electronic surveillance systems.

male security guardAlways remember that it is not possible to make your property 100 per cent secure, as a determined criminal will still try and find a way through.

In very high crime areas, it is also a good idea to belong to an armed response group.   You need to do everything you can to ensure you have peace of mind and feel safe and secure in your home.

You need to check periodically that there have been no significant changes in the risk factors in the area you live.   
If there have been any real changes, you need to up your security in order to meet the new challenges.

For you own peace of mind, please contact us at Country Wide Walling, our expert consultants will gladly assist you in making the correct choices, or give you a free quotation.

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Your Home is Your Castle

manufacturingYour fence is the first line of defence against uninvited intruders to your property.  If your home is your castle, then a good security fence is a must have.

The type of fence you choose to secure your property is very important, and can be the difference between good security and fence which is easily scaled and gives access to unwanted intruders.

Choosing the best materials and type of fence or wall is totally important and, as there are many options available, it is good to look into the different types available, then make your choice.

Prefab Concrete Walls and Fences have a huge advantage over conventional materials, such as bricks, blocks, or poured in place concrete.  It is far faster and cost effective.  

precast concrete fence postsAnother benefit is that the contractor will not have to bring in loads of equipment, resulting in less disturbance and less mess.  Precast Walls and Fences are easily “custom-fitted” to your property site.

Should your requirements change in the future, the wall or fence can be raised, should it be required, or moved to a new location, as they are readily dismantled and reassembled in the new position.

Country Wide Walling are the true professionals and can advise you on what your best option is to meet your specific security needs.

If you are worried about the aesthetic beauty of your home, then rest assured, Country Wide Walling manufacture professionally engineered, precision-manufactured, steel-reinforced modular concrete components that interlock during the installation process, and, as an added bonus, permanent colour can be added to the wet concrete mix to assure that future painting will not be necessary.

Your home and family are your priority, so please feel free to contact us to discuss your walling or fencing requirements, our professional consultants will gladly assist you.

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Watch Your Footing

wall footing

Footings are a very important part of foundation construction.  Footings are typically made of concrete with rebar reinforcement which is poured into an excavated trench.

What is the purpose of footings?

Footings are there to support the foundation and prevent settling, especially in areas of troublesome soils.

The footing is constructed under the foundation for the purpose of distributing the load over a larger area.  

Concrete footing should be 100mm deep and 300mm wide for a boundary wall.  If you want footing for a retaining wall, however, it should be 150mm deep by 450mm wide.

For larger structures it is advisable to consult a professional engineer for advice on the depth and width of the footing required for the structure.

rigid footing supportsAllow the concrete to cure for one day before doing any building.   It is, however, best to not place any heavy weight on the footing until about 3 days after it has been poured.    You can then safely begin construction.

Foundation on the other hand is that part of a structure which is in direct contact with soil and transmits load into it.

Always remember:  Footings are an important part of foundation construction, and as such, great care and attention must be paid to the correct procedure required to get the best results.

If you would like to speak to one of our professional consultants for information about our products and services, or for a free quotation, please feel free to contact us today.

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