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Secure gates equal secure homes


Sliding Gate
How secure is your gate?

The driveway gate has once again proved itself to be the weakest link in the security chain, as house-breakers continue to use the driveway as their number one entry point. Whether it's being followed into your residence, or gates being tampered with to gain entry, ensuring that your gate is installed correctly with adequate sensors and security measure in place, will ultimately keep you and your home secure.

Should you be in the design phase of your home, sliding gates are considered to be stronger than swing arm gates, however both gate types need careful review. We recommend that you consider the following security points around your gate:

Sliding gates:

  • Have some flat bar welded over the “tooth-bar” of your sliding gate. This bar should cover the motor area.

  • Install gate motors out of arms length from the exterior of the gate.

  • Weld anti-lift brackets or pins on both sides of the gate. Ensure that these aren't fitted too high leaving room for the gate to be shifted off the rails

  • Install a sturdy bracket over the motor.

  • Secure the motor with a quality straight shackle or circular type padlock.

  • Adding a gate alarm module to your gate motor can prevent unauthorised access through the derailing of your gate, also this device will let your armed response company know your gate is being compromised.

Swing gates:

  • Install a physical electronic lock mechanism or if not possible a magnetic lock.

  • In the event that you have a magnetic lock protecting your gate, insist that an additional backup battery is installed so that the lock does not deplete your main battery.

  • In the event that it is possible to reach your hand through the gate, have plates welded into the gate. These plates serve to prevent criminals from reaching the hinge connecting the arm to the gate.


Secure the arm hinges with a quality straight shackle or circular type padlock. Both sliding and swing gates can be protected with an anti-tamper mechanism which can be linked to your alarm system.

A BIB client recently fell victim to gate meddling. After further investigation of the security footage, they discovered exactly how the intruders tampered with the gate and entered the property. The Intruders lifted the gate very slightly, so that the rail was just above the motor cog and slid it back enough to get in. There was a plate at the top of the gate to stop this, but obviously not set low enough. The rail was also possibly set too high above the motor cog so as not to put too much pressure on the cog/motor, but allowing too much room to maneouvre.

Above all, obsessively checking that your gate is closed once you arrive or leave home is vital. Be alert, dont be a victim!