According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, on average, there are over 172,000 victims of residential burglaries per year. Now, more than ever, we have to stay vigilant and find ways to protect our homes adequately. One of the best ways for you to do so is by installing a driveway gate, as having one of these structures installed can help to discourage criminals from targeting your home. This is because they act as an additional obstacle that they would have to overcome. That said, once burglars see that you have a driveway gate, they will most probably walk past your house and select an easier target instead.
Whilst a gate is secure in itself, there are still a number of ways for you to improve its quality. And in this post, we will be showing you how you can do just that.
Tip 1: Select the Appropriate Material and Design for Your Gate
Aluminium is a material that can be both aesthetically appealing and highly secure. However, if you want optimum protection, stainless steel should be the material of choice for your driveway gate. Thieves with the right tools may be able to break or cut through any type of gating material. On the other hand, steel is superior above other types of materials, making it especially difficult to bypass.
When planning the design of your driveway gate, make it as tall as possible to discourage burglars from climbing. You can even install horizontal support bars near the fence’s top to further limit the ability of an intruder to climb your gate.
Tip 2: Choose a Premium-Quality Gate Operator
Usually, you can swing or slide a residential driveway gate open. Both of these styles are secure enough as long as you choose the suitable gate operator. If you want maximum security for your sliding gate, opt for an operator with a hydraulic rail drive system along with a solenoid lock- burglars won’t be able to force the gate open horizontally when it has a solenoid lock. Chain drive operators may offer some level of security to sliding gates, but this system does not have the same level of quality as a gate with a hydraulic rail drive.
Now, if you want a swing-style gate, you can make it more secure by using a pad mount operator. These feature steel arms, which make it extremely challenging for intruders to force the gate open.
Tip 3: Install Security Accessories
Whether you’re installing a driveway gate for your home or business, there are plenty of accessories that will make it more secure. Here at Rockingham Home Security, we offer various ways to improve the level of protection that any driveway gate can bring. Here are some of the security accessories we recommend:
To reinforce the security of the gate, we suggest installing a CCTV system. You can mount it with night vision cameras, IP cameras, and vandal-proof cameras to ensure full visibility of the perimeter at any time of the day.
Securing your gate in the daytime is easy, but keeping intruders out at night is a different story. Whilst you’re sound asleep, you can scare unwanted visitors off by installing an alarm system. You can contact Rockingham Home Security and allow our team to install one for your gate. Our technicians will guide you in choosing a product that will suit your home or business most accurately.
You can also install an intercom that you can use as a one-way or two-way communication device. This way, you won’t have to go outside to find out who is trying to access your gate. You have the option to either use an audio or a video+audio intercom system. Installing one can prove as the perfect extra step in protecting your home and avoiding any unwanted visitors.
Customise Your Driveway Gate with Rockingham Home Security
Here at Rockingham Home Security, we give our customers the freedom to tailor the design, features, and accessories of their driveway gates. If you wish, you can even ask us to mount an automatic motor to make operation more convenient. With a press of a button, you can open or close your driveway gate without leaving your car. Of course, this type of convenience can be handy when you’re coming home late at night or when the rain is pouring.
Whilst we have customisation options for enhanced security, we also offer a range of decorative driveway gates. For instance, you can opt for a Colorbond gate and still gain all the protection you need without compromising on your home’s aesthetic appeal. The material of this product has been tried and tested to withstand the harshest conditions experienced in Western Australia. What’s more, it is available in a range of versatile colours. Aside from Colorbond gates, we also offer decorative, picket style, slatted, and mini orb corrugated driveway gates.
No matter which style you choose, you will not be disappointed with the quality and durability of our security products. Contact Rockingham Home Security now to schedule your free measurement!