How does load shedding affect my security system?

How does load shedding affect my security system?

The only people who get excited over load shedding are criminals. When the lights go down, the South African crime statistics tend to go up.


According to a security expert “the indications are clear that criminals do strike more often during load shedding.” This is due to the fact that there is “more darkness for criminals to operate in and our security systems fail because of insufficient backup power.”


Here are a few things that you need to be aware of to keep your premise safe.


Prepare for the next round of power outages by making sure your batteries are in good working order or that you have sufficient battery capacity to handle multiple outages per day.


Load shedding is putting a huge strain on the battery, especially when it occurs 2-3 times a day.


As a basic guide, a battery takes at least 8 uninterrupted hours to recharge.


  • A panic signal can be sent when power goes down or comes back up.
  • The alarm loses its date and time setting.
  • The Siren might not sound for alarm activations, due to the power distribution going to a more important source.
  • Complete shutdown of your alarm system during power outage.
  • Complete malfunction where your alarm keeps triggering and you have no way of disabling it
  • When power comes back up, the alarm memory or trouble conditions might need to be cleared.

In the end, if you have a stable and correctly programmed system coupled with batteries that are in good condition, it will continue to protect the premises during load shedding. To get your free quote from AllSec, CLICK HERE.