New Security Trend - Solar Panels and Battery Theft

Solar panel and Battery theft is a growing problem in South Africa, as well as in many other parts of the world. With the rising cost of electricity and the increased demand for renewable energy sources, solar panels have become an attractive target for thieves. In this blog post, we will explore a new security trend that can help prevent solar theft in South Africa.

The Problem of Solar Panel Theft in South Africa

South Africa has one of the highest rates of solar panel theft in the world. This is due to a number of factors, including the high cost of electricity, inflation, high crime rate, and the lack of effective security measures. Criminals target both residential and commercial properties, stealing solar panels and batteries to sell them on the lucrative black market for a profit.

The cost of replacing stolen solar panels and batteries are significant, and it can take months for property owners to recoup their losses. In addition to the financial impact, solar panel theft can also disrupt the supply of electricity to homes and businesses, causing inconvenience and potential safety hazards.

New Security Trend to Prevent Solar Panel Theft:

A new security trend that is gaining popularity in South Africa is the use of Security Spikes to protect the location of solar panels. These solutions are effective anti-climb measures and can be easily installed with no Maintenace.

Security Spikes are an effective way to deter thieves and bring the risk factor down as low as possible by placing them in strategic locations such as gutters to prevent from climbing up for example.

Other Measures to Prevent Solar Panel Theft:

In addition to Security Spikes, there are a number of other security measures that property owners can take to prevent solar panel theft. These include:

  1. Installing physical barriers such as fences, gates, and security bars around the perimeter of the property.

  2. Installing security cameras to monitor the property and deter thieves.

  3. Beams especially wireless operated beams are very effective early warning system to notify you when something is by your panels.
  4. Marking solar panels with a unique identifier, such as a serial number or barcode, to aid in their recovery if they are stolen.

  5. Educating staff and tenants on the importance of security and the risks of solar panel theft.

  6. Install a small GPS unit to track stolen items however must be placed in an area that is not easy to tamper with or be found.


Solar panel theft is a serious problem in South Africa, but there are steps that property owners can take to prevent it. The use of Security Spikes is a new security trend that can be an effective way to deter thieves. In addition to this technology, physical barriers, GPS, wireless beams, security cameras, and other measures can help protect solar panels and prevent them from being stolen.

By taking a proactive approach to security, property owners can help ensure the safety and security of their solar panels and enjoy the many benefits of renewable energy during Load shedding!


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