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One of the most effective ways to increase the security of your home or commercial property is to install automated gates.
The additional physical barrier, and visual deterrent to entry, makes an intrusion considerably less attractive to an opportunistic thief.
Automated gates are a valuable security measure for several reasons.
While a manual gate with a locking mechanism is an improvement on a driveway that previously had none, it is not a substitute for an electric alternative.
Even though burglar alarms and CCTV act as a deterrent, and the latter can help identify intruders, neither provides a physical barrier to entry like automated gates.
Additionally, children and pets can play safely on your property when closed electric gates prevent them from wandering out into busy roads or other dangerous situations.
Increased security provided by electric gates is recognised by insurers, who sometimes offer reduced premiums for home and car insurance when a property has them.
Some insurance firms will ask at the form-filling stage if your property has electric gates installed, just as they do with burglar alarms and CCTV systems.
However, if they don’t, contact them to discuss it.
They will be able to tell you their policy and the impact it might have.
Privacy is an increasingly important commodity; one that isn’t always easy to achieve.
Gates in general, particularly larger, solid driveway gates, can enhance the overall privacy of a residential property.
They can be useful to keep out unwanted visitors too.
Installing electric gates makes your property more secure.
Burglars hate them as a physical barrier, particularly solid, boarded tall gates that are harder to climb.
They require considerable force to push open, and a variety of locking mechanisms are available that make a criminal’s task harder.
You also don't need to worry about remembering to close and latch or lock your gates when you go out, because they will close automatically.
They can only be opened again by an individual who can operate the access control system or if they have a remote control.
An automated gate system makes opening and closing gates considerably easier when compared to manual alternatives.
That means that throughout their lifetime, the gates will spend more time closed than manual gates.
Increasing the security of your home or commercial property doesn't mean you should compromise on aesthetic appeal.
While design choice is mostly be down to personal preference, you may want to consider the style of your property and those surrounding it in your street.
Choosing the right style will help to complement your home.
While the material used may largely be down to what appeals most to you, you should bear in mind that different materials require alternative levels of maintenance.
As new houses are built with smaller rooms, and more of us use spare bedrooms as offices and home gyms, garages are taking the role of storage for household items rather than cars.
If you keep your vehicles on a driveway overnight, then a great way to secure them is by installing automated gates.
Opt for a close boarded design, and cars are likely to be out of sight to opportunistic thieves.
Even if you don’t, electric gates still provide a physical barrier for trespassers to overcome if they want to drive your vehicle away.
Theft-to-order of high-value cars, often using advanced technological means to secure entry and gain control of the vehicle, is a modern problem.
One of the great things about electric gates is that they can be combined with other security features to provide your property with enhanced protection from criminals.
They also enhance the kerb appeal and, potentially, the value of a home.
For those reasons, it's easy to see why buying them is an attractive option for homeowners.
To find out more about how electric gates can keep both your home and vehicles secure, get in touch with the experienced team at Linkcare.
Call us on 01895 232 626, or email [email protected].