PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Approximately 170 homes in the Klang Valley stand ready to give would-be thieves a real shock should they try to break in - with more homes opting to install electric fences as deterrents to potential home intruders.
This is the view of those who supply and install these fences, such as Edmund Teoh Soon Meng, the owner of Kuala Lumpur-based Maxcel Security System - who said that his company was getting more orders in the last few months.
"The demand is very high these days. We get 10-15 new orders every month," said Teoh in a phone interview with The Star.
He added that Maxcel had installed electric fences in over 130 houses all over Malaysia since the company began operations three years ago.
"Most of our clients are in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. We have had some sales in Penang, Perak and Johor, but the bulk comes from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, which contributes to 80% of our sales," said Teoh.
Asked why his clients wanted such security measures installed in their homes, he said his clients cited safety concerns.
"Even with CCTV and motion detectors, criminals can still threaten the owners. And because of this, they still want a first line of defence to act as a deterrent to make it difficult and time-consuming for criminals to break in," said Teoh.
Asked how much an electric fence could cost for a landed property, Teoh said a legally-installed fence could cost anywhere between RM15,000 to RM18,000.
Similar views were shared by MU-Softmedia Sdn. Bhd company manager Ahmad Zafrullah Ahmad Tahir, who said his company had installed about 20 fences at various homes across the Klang Valley since 2000.
"We have installed these fences in Rawang, Shah Alam, Bangi and Taman Tun. Most of our clients want these fences in their homes for their own security," said Ahmad Zafrullah.
When contacted, Intelligent Fence security solutions engineer Waran Tharma said that his company had installed over 100 electric fences for homes across Selangor since the company began operations in mid-2013.
"They usually talk about break-ins in their neighbourhood, or talk about reading about break-ins and robberies that have been reported in the newspapers. There is usually a trigger, a reasons for why our clients want these fences," said Waran.
He related an account of a client of his in Petaling Jaya.
"A client of mine, a Datuk in Petaling Jaya said he used to worry whenever he heard sounds near the wall of his house. But after installing the fence, there are times where'd hear people scream after getting a shock as they tried to climb the fence, and he doesn't feel worried anymore," said Waran.