Can electric gates be forced open?

Posted by admin 26/07/2021 1 Comment(s) Troubleshooting,

If you are contemplating whether to have electric gates installed at your property, then you may want to know if they can be forced open.


It is a commonly asked question, usually by people with two distinct concerns. 


First, they want to know what happens during a power cut. 


Will they be able to gain access to, or leave, their property if the mains electricity supply fails or if there is a fault with the gates themselves?


The other worry is a security concern. 


How much of a challenge is it for intruders to force their way through electric gates?


Opening gates during a power cut


We all know that power cuts can be a significant nuisance.


Ensuring that there is a back-up power supply for electric gates is a preventative measure worth careful consideration.


That way, even if your mains supply is cut off for a period you will still be able to use your electric gates a few times.


Automatic gate manual release


What about manual release?


The general rule of thumb is never to force a manual release system. You should always push the gate slowly and steadily.


The manual release mechanism is usually operated by a key. 



This is inserted into a lock on the motor housing and then turned to allow the gate to be moved manually without damaging the motors, motor arms, or mounting points.


When gates are fitted with a magnetic lock, cutting the power will release the lock.


It is always a good idea to ensure that your manual release system is checked regularly by a professional gate installer as part of an agreed maintenance schedule. 


Can electric gates be forced open by an intruder?


Having electric gates installed is one way to increase the security at your home.



Not just a visible deterrent, they form a physical barrier that might put off the even most determined thief who knows that automatic gates are difficult to prize open without applying a significant amount of force.



There are differences that are worth nothing between swing gates and sliding gates.


Swing gates can be opened by pushing with enough force at the edge furthest from the hinge.


The principle of leverage magnifies this force at which can break motors, motor arms, and hinges.


For this reason, swing gates with leaves that are over 2m wide should have a locking mechanism to hold the closed gates together.


Sliding gates are held within vertical supports on both sides of the driveway entrance when they are closed.


As the only way to push the gate open is against these containing uprights, sliding gates are harder to force open than swing gates without locks.


To find out more about how electric gates can improve the security of your property, call Linkcare today on 01895 232 626. 

1 Comment(s)

13/06/2022, 03:43:22 PM,

this is a very interesting blog, I've always wondered this myself.

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