Security

TRUE PEACE OF MIND

Having emphasised security as a priority throughout the estate, Val de Vie is proud to have received the award for Safest House in Africa at the International Property Awards for its Polo House.

Val de Vie’s eight kilometre perimeter is protected by a 2 metre high wrought-iron fence, concrete plinths and full electric fence. This fence serves as the base deterrent for criminal activities, making it extremely difficult for perpetrators to gain access. Break-in attempts trigger alarms in the Val de Vie control room as well as at our off-site monitoring centre. This allows investigations via our CCTV network or via its on site patrol officers.

Val de Vie has two access points. These points provide entrance via 11 vehicle access lanes and three turnstiles for contract workers. Strict access-control measures are in place at these points and each point is monitored with an array of cameras.

One of the first estates in South Africa that implemented biometric-access control measures, Val de Vie allows for tracking of entrance/exit, and movement of persons, a highly useful control measure. Residents are further safeguarded from unauthorised visitors via automated booms that control access to residential villages.

STAYING AHEAD

Val de Vie extended its monitoring services to an off-site centre. This separation of responsibilities keeps the estate’s security levels at the highest level possible. Val de Vie has an active security committee. Under its leadership, a long-term strategy has been formulated. This ensures risks are continuously monitored and addressed. On the immediate radar is the installation of a thermal CCTV barrier with early warning detection capabilities. Staying ahead is vital to the estate.

This encompasses:

The acquisition and implementation of the latest technology using over 40 thermal IP cameras along the perimeter of the property, to allow uniform images to be viewed in complete darkness or misty conditions. Video analytics as a proactive method of monitoring any intrusions. This not only gives early warning of a potential breach but it can also reduce perimeter property damage.

All of this positions Val de Vie as one of only two residential estates in the world with a full-cover thermal perimeter and will ensure that our fibre and electrical back-bone is adequate to incorporate any additional improvements for the next 10 to 15 years. Guarding on the estate is a vital component of the estate’s security. Val de Vie employs 21 security staff: these team members are the friendly faces at the access gates, the problem solvers, the investigators and the crime preventers. Patrols of the perimeter, estate and the surrounding areas (radius exceeds 5 kilometres) are performed daily.
Val de Vie upholds:
-A deep understanding that safety and security is vital to every homeowner
-Evolving security measures
-Regular, unplanned security stress testing
-Physical barriers – 2 metre high wrought-iron fence, concrete plinths, full electrified fence and anti-dig razor wire
-Thermal camera perimeter protection (blanket)
-Intelligent video analytics
-Supporting electrical and IT network infrastructure
-Fibre Optic Connection (FTTP) 25MB upload and download capacity
-Internal PTZ camera protection
-Off-site monitoring centre, video recording and analysis
-Biometric homeowner access control
-Personal Access Code (PAC) entry system for authorised tenants and resident’s visitors
-Handheld fully integrated electronic scanning and decrypting of visitor vehicle license discs and driver’s licenses
-Restricted access times and areas for contractors and other controlled visitors.
-Contractor criminal record checks
-On-site security reaction teams
-Tactical armed reaction unit operating outside the borders of the estate
-Dedicated security emergency number (Paarl area only)
-ER24 medical emergency service
-Community safety involvement – intelligence gathering and sharing with SAPS, Paarl-Franschhoek valley patrolling and monitoring with neighbouring partners, socio-economic involvement and upliftment
-Speed limit (40km/h) calming measures including electronic speed boards and road design.
-Strict dangerous pet rules and enforcement.

COMMUNITY SAFETY INTIATIVE

Having emphasised security as a priority throughout the estate, Val de Vie is proud to have received the award for Safest House in Africa at the International Property Awards for its Polo House.

Val de Vie’s eight kilometre perimeter is protected by a 2 metre high wrought-iron fence, concrete plinths and full electric fence. This fence serves as the base deterrent for criminal activities, making it extremely difficult for perpetrators to gain access. Break-in attempts trigger alarms in the Val de Vie control room as well as at our off-site monitoring centre. This allows investigations via our CCTV network or via its on site patrol officers.

Val de Vie has two access points. These points provide entrance via 11 vehicle access lanes and three turnstiles for contract workers. Strict access-control measures are in place at these points and each point is monitored with an array of cameras.

One of the first estates in South Africa that implemented biometric-access control measures, Val de Vie allows for tracking of entrance/exit, and movement of persons, a highly useful control measure. Residents are further safeguarded from unauthorised visitors via automated booms that control access to residential villages.

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