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Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 7:27:34 AM
by neville spykerman
PETALING JAYA: From jabbering geese to electric fences, Malaysians are resorting to extraordinary measures to ensure security due to their heightened fear of increasing crime.
Electric fences are becoming an added feature atop walls of homes in gated communities and bungalows, designed to shock intruders with non-lethal doses of between 5,000 and 10,000 volts.
Teoh Beng Teik, whose company installs electric fences, said he had seen inquiries increase by up to 70% in the last six months.
“There are more people looking into it, including individual homeowners, developers and residents associations,” he said, adding that homeowners could expect to pay between RM18,000 and RM30,000 for electric fences around a small- or medium-sized bungalow.
Homeowners also need to get approval from both the Energy Commission, which regulates electric fences, as well as their neighbours.
There are also mandatory pre- and post-installation permits along with a two-year inspection by a competent engineer.
Another less drastic measure is the Alarm Spray, which integrates a powerful pepper spray and motion detector and is priced at just RM1,380.
The system is capable of incapacitating intruders when they trigger the motion sensor alarm or by remote control.
Security expert Edmund De Run said there had been instances of burglars knocked out for between 35 and 40 minutes, giving owners enough time to call police.
The alarm spray is adapted from a system in South Africa and is gaining in popularity.
De Run, said he had also seen an increase in demand for trained guard dogs with popular breeds like Belgium and German Shepherds costing between RM7,000 and RM35,000 for an animal.
Some Klang Valley residents, however, are turning to geese to protect their homes.
Zainab Yahya said she initially got the birds 13 years ago to safeguard her home, next to Gasing Hill, from snakes slithering in from the forest reserve nearby.
However, the noisy birds, which are very territorial, also serve as an early warning system and a deterrent to human intruders.
Zainab, 55, said their shoes had not gone missing since she got the birds.
“A few years ago, a man came to collect betel leaves from our garden, but was cornered by the geese.
“He had to plead with me to call them off and I told him to ask permission next time,” said the 55-year-old school teacher, who also gave two hatchlings to her neighbours two years ago.
The neighbours had since bought two more birds.
Zainab said the hatchlings cost about RM100 while adults cost as much as RM150.
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