A burglar trying to break a security gate
Article by: Karabo Motsoai
Manage your home 15 Nov 2023

Choose the best security gate for your home

In a world where break-ins and home invasions are a common occurrence, keeping your family safe is of utmost importance and a top priority for households. Choosing the right security gate for your home is a decision that should not be rushed.

According to StatsSA’s latest victims of crime report, approximately 238 000 homes experienced robberies in the periods of 2022/23. Unfortunately, that number keeps rising, which means that homeowners need to find robust ways to avoid being an easy target.

Criminals in South Africa commonly use tools such a screw bars, hammers, snap guns and battery jamming rams to gain entry into the home. It is therefore important to invest in a security gate with state-of-the-art locking mechanisms and an extra layer of protection, to withstand break in attempts.

The market offers many different variations of security gates, some with the latest cutting-edge technology, to make your home the safest place for your family. The ideal burglar-proof gate must have a combination of functionality, security and convenience.

There are many options that can provide for your security needs, here’s a few options to consider.

Retractable burglar-proof gates

These gates allow you to unlock and fold it out of view when you want to. It allows you to enjoy a bigger space with a welcoming appearance and will easily unfold and lock when you are ready to or if a threat is detected. These should be made with heavy duty material such as steel or aluminium making it tough for criminals to easily get past them. Many homeowners choose this type of burglar-proof gate due to its affordability. It comes in different styles, materials, colours and finishes, providing lots of options for the homeowner.

One of the main features of this type of burglar-proof gate is its multi-point locking system for extra level of strength and durability. As an extra layer of protection, choose the one with points at the top and bottom that engage at the same time, to make it even more difficult to bend or break.

Sliding security gates

Another great choice for a home is the sliding security gate. This popular choice commonly uses a key or a combination lock for added security. Just as with the retractable gate, it comes with a multi-point locking system for enhanced security features. Besides the space saving benefit of a sliding burglar-proof gate, also look at the material used, durability, locking mechanism and any other features that will enhance security in your home.

Swing gates

This classic choice provides the traditional security and should be made of very tough material. While the market currently does not offer much in terms of advanced technology for this type of gate, it can be equipped with robust locking mechanisms. The swing gate is currently the most affordable, depending on the design, material and size. You can also choose between a manual and an automated system.

Decorative Security Gates

If you are looking to combine aesthetic appeal and security, then this is the right option for you. Even though they will dig deeply into your pockets, you will find that they are worth it. Often these types of burglar-proof gates have sophisticated security features which are not visible to complement your home’s architecture. Its locking mechanisms are designed to be discreet yet very effective. What’s more you get to choose the design and features that will complement your home.

Selecting the right type of gate for your home should not be rushed. The final choice you go with must provide your family with the best protection possible from home invasions or break-ins.

Pay special attention to the locking mechanism and the strength of the bars, which are the main elements to safeguarding your home. Some burglar-proof gates may have bars that look strong but will easily bend if pressure is put on them. Always consult experts and the manufacturer and study the brochures carefully for any additional security features that may come with the gate.

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