Gate Security: Weak Spots and Solutions
Is your gate the week spot of the security at your home? There are at least seven extra security measures that you can take to improve your gate security.
The first week point at your gate could be that someone can lift your gate and gain access to your property. How can you go about preventing this? You will need to add anti-lift brackets. These brackets get welded onto your gate and supporting pillars and prevent movement of the gate.
There should be a bracket at the gate motor side so that the gate can’t be lifted away from the motor and opened. There should also be a bracket where the gate meets the wall so that it can’t be lifted and then someone can slip in through the space between the gate and the wall.
Gate Security and the Gate Rack
If you have an automated sliding gate, the next week point is the rack
. With sliding gates the motor basically locks your gate and prevents it from being opened unless you have the remote control to activate the gate motor.
The rack is the long gear that runs at the bottom of the gate. The pinion and the rack is what makes the gate open and closed. If the rack is broken away from the gate and it is not making contact with the pinion it can move open freely and the motor cannot stop it from opening anymore.
Usually a crowbar is used to force the rack away from the gate. This breaks the rack welding spot and gives the perpetrator access your property. The answer is to weld a piece of flat bar along the rack that prevents it from being broken away with a crowbar.
Jumping over the Gate
The third week point to look at in terms of your gate is to ask the question: can someone easily jump over the gate? The best way to prevent this is to install an electric fence that runs across the gate and the wall. The electric fence can be connected to your alarm so that your security company can be notified of somebody trying to break into your property.
Gate Security and Your Intercom
The fourth week point is your intercom system. If you have an old wired intercom would-be robbers will press the intercom button to test if you’re at home. If no one answers the intercom they will proceed to break into your property. New intercom systems use cellphone technology and are wireless. The intercom can phone you directly on your cell phone when someone presses the intercom button. This means you can know when someone is at your gate wherever you are. Naturally you need cellphone reception in that particular area. It is also easy to change the number on the intercom to a family member when you are not available for a period of time.
Detection and Alarm System
The fifth which point to address at your gate is the use of an infra-red beam together with your gate motor. The strategy with IR beams as warning system at your gate is to have them on the outside and they detect if someone is standing at the gate. After all nobody should be standing right at your gate. The IR beams can also be connected to your alarm system. In general, if someone is standing there, it means they want to break in your home.
Modern gate motors such as the centurion D5 have an ambush or break-in alarm functionality that works together with IR beams that are used for controlling the opening and closing of your gate. The beams also prevent the gate from closing on to your vehicle. Other functionality the beams can provide is a fast close or PIRAC mode; this is where the gate closes immediately after the vehicle or person moves through the infra-red beams.
Who is at the Gate?
The sixth point to look at in terms of your gate security is CCTV camera systems. With these you can see who is at your gate. The video stream gets recorded onto a hard drive. Naturally you can have multiple cameras inside and outside your property.
The seventh point is to look at is your remote control technology. Are you using old technology that is 30+ years old and makes use of binary and trinary encoding? It means someone can either copy your remote or have the same settings as you. This will allow them to easily open your gate.
Modern remote technology uses unique identifiers and code hoping technology make your remotes extra secure. These remotes can’t be copied. Some of the better remote control manufacturers also have remotes that work over longer distances. These remotes can also have up to 6 buttons that can open gates, garages, activate your alarm and have a panic button. Most standard remote controls that come with your gate and garage door automation do not have long range remote controls and receivers. You often need to be within about 20 meters of your gate or garage.
As we can see, your gate is a point of concern when it comes to the entry of burglars; however, there are several measures that you can take to increase your gate security and you and your family’s safety.