Please remember to secure your bungalows when not in occupation. It is interesting to note how often bungalows are vacated after occupation where windows are left open and doors are not locked.
In addition, the baboons have learned how to open sliding doors; please, even these doors need to be secured. The slightest gap in a window frame or sliding door is enough for them to gain leverage and pull sliding doors and windows out of their frames. The strength and intelligence of a baboon can not be underestimated. Baboons are now also breaking into bungalows that are not even occupied. They associate cupboards and fridges with food availability andthis learned behaviour is part of their daily foraging pattern. They can be very cunning, and will often return to bungalows where they previously had success in sourcing food. Having blinds or curtains on all windows and glass doors to prevent baboons from seeing into the bungaglow is a good starting point.
The Building Committee has investigated suitable methods of bars/barriers that can be fitted flush on the outside of the new and modern alluminium type sliding windows. These types of windows appear to be easy targets for baboons to rip out of the frames to gain access. The picture alongside is an example of an acceptable standard and quality of baboon proofing. The aperture/spacing between the bars should not exceed 80mm.
The mount must be flush with the building, i.e. no Spanish type burglar bars. The above configeration is for sliding windows. Any application for fitting bars must first be approved by the Building Committee.
Quote from Building Regulations below:
2.14 BURGLAR BARS
Intruder proofing on doors and windows is encouraged. Internal proofing is preferred.
Any external measures must be flush with the building (i.e. ‘Spanish’ type bars are not permitted).
For baboon proofing, apertures must be less than 80mm.
Building committee approval is required for any external intruder proofing.
Please note: Baboons can become extremely aggressive when cornered or provoked. Should you unfortunately encounter baboons inside your bungalow be very careful not to position yourself between them and their escape route. In particular they show no fear of women and children. It’s far better to call management staff to assist you.
by John Llewellyn.