Protecting Your Property

Protecting Your Property

Private Property South Africa
Private Property Reporter

Defence is a critical aspect of any sport. Having a strong defence team and strategy, can increase your chances of “winning the game”. Rugby players are known for their tackling skills, and homeowners can benefit from a similar approach. Tackling is a way to ensure that you maintain control of the ball throughout the game. When protecting your home, it is important to be mindful of the potential threats, so that you can tackle and subsequently defend your home.

With a few more matches coming up before the 2023 rugby World Cup champions are crowned, we look at defence tactics in both rugby and real estate, that play a key role in ensuring long-term success.

Perimeter defence

Prior to moving in or settling in your new home, consider installing secure and reliable fencing or burglar bars, in and around the parameters and relevant access points of your home. Secure doors, windows, and fences act as the initial obstacle that intruders must overcome. Reinforce these barriers with quality locks, deadbolts, and security systems.


Security systems encompass cameras and sensors to monitor potential threats. Similarly, rugby players constantly watch their opponents' movements for signs of attack. Invest in a robust security system that includes surveillance cameras, motion sensors, and alarms to deter potential intruders and provide evidence in case of a breach.


Having comprehensive home insurance for both building and home-contents, will protect you in the event of loss or damage in instances of floods, fires, theft and any event that will result in you losing your home or valuables.

Community or estate communication

Rugby requires players to work together, teams communicate constantly on the field to ensure that everyone is aware of the situation and can react accordingly. In the context of property protection, communication is equally crucial. Establish clear communication channels within your household, estate or complex, especially during emergencies. Create a community WhatsApp chat group, if you don’t already have one.


Just as rugby teams review their gameplay for weaknesses, property owners should conduct regular inspections to identify maintenance needs. Like rugby teams prepare for injuries on the field, property owners have emergency plans in place for natural disasters and unexpected maintenance crises.

Protect your valuables

Rugby teams often rely on substitutes to maintain their defensive prowess throughout a match. For property protection, this means having a backup plan. Consider investing in a safe or a secure room within your home to protect your most valuable possessions in case of a breach. This additional layer of defence can be a game-changer.

Stay Disciplined

Discipline is a cornerstone of rugby defence. Players must resist the urge to rush in or make rash decisions that could leave their team vulnerable. Homeowners, too, should exercise discipline in their security habits. Always lock doors and windows and avoid advertising valuable possessions that could attract unwanted attention.

Teamwork is Key

In rugby, effective defence starts with a united front. Just as a rugby team coordinates their movements to thwart the opposition's advances, homeowners should collaborate with their family members and perhaps even their neighbours to create a strong defence against potential threats. Community watch programs and neighbourhood communication can serve as your defensive line against burglars.

Whether on the rugby field, in an insurance company's office, at a security post, or managing real estate, effective defence tactics are crucial for success.

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