Security is a top priority throughout the estate, and Val de Vie Estate is proud to have received the award for Safest House in Africa at the International Property Awards for its Polo House. Val de Vie Estate’s 15.5 km perimeter is protected by a 2-meter-high wrought-iron fence with underdig razor wire, concrete plinths and full electric fencing, all covered by 108 intelligent analytical Bosch thermal cameras. This fence serves as the base deterrent for criminal activities, making it extremely difficult for perpetrators to gain access. Breach attempts trigger alarms in the Val de Vie control room as well as at our off-site monitoring centre, which allows investigations via our CCTV network and its on-site patrol officers.
Val de Vie Estate has six main access points. These points provide entrance via 40 vehicle access and exit lanes and turnstiles for residents and 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 Estate allows for tracking of entrance and 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.
Two armed tactical teams, well equipped with dogs and handheld thermal devices, patrol the perimeter 24/7 and react to fence and camera alarms in conjunction with three unarmed response teams on the inside of the perimeter fence. License plate recognition technology is linked to the central Western Cape database and of great value in monitoring suspicious vehicle activity. Roller shutter and spike technology at all gates ensure a total lockdown of the estate in the event of an emergency.