We live an age where life seems to be cheap, at least for criminals. You cannot rely on the police, neighbours and neighbourhood watch teams to protect your family. It’s your responsibility to make it as difficult as possible for criminals to enter and perhaps one of the best ways to do so is through the installation of expandable security gates.
Why Expandable Security Gates?
Normal, solid steel gates take up a lot of opening space. And if you are to install several of them, your home will not only look and feel like a prison, but will also be rather uncomfortable. With expandable security gates, you strike a balance between aesthetic appeal and security. The gates run on a slide mechanism and when opened are hardly visible. When closed the gates provide effective barriers and still look neat.
The retractable gates come with slam and dead locks. The slam locks are used for easy locking. Simply slide the door close and it locks. With the dead-lock systems also in place, you can double lock the door to prevent entrance through picking or pulling of the door. Because the doors are made from special galvanised steel with no plastic parts, they are durable and extremely tough. With the special designs, it becomes virtually impossible to hack or cut the bars.
With sturdy frames and light bars, the doors are not heavy and as such won’t take much strength to close. And because they run on a slide mechanism you don’t have to be concerned about wind blowing the doors close or open. The special designs allow for enough air-flow, which is rather important for proper ventilation of the home.
Where to Install the Expandable Security Gates
The security gates can be installed at the external door entrances, forming your first barrier as well as at the hall leading to the rooms, large veranda and entertainment areas for secure outside entertainment, and at the doors of rooms in the house. In addition, you can replace your normal burglar bars with the doors and gain aesthetic appeal, improved security, and the benefit of being able to completely open the gates for exiting through the windows when you need to get out fast.
Other Important Home Security Tips
Apart from taking the first step in completely securing your home through barriers, you should also think of perimeter security. Palisades have proven to be better than walls for the following reasons:
- Difficult to get over.
- Provide visibility to the street.
With normal walls, the assailants only have to get over the walls to be out of sight from police and neighbours. They can easily just sit behind the wall and wait for you to return from work or an evening out without having to be concerned about being spotted by the neighbourhood watch team. Palisade makes it possible for you to spot criminals in the street and when driving past, you can also see if there are any criminals lurking in your garden.
Alarm systems that are triggered for no reason at all, can become a nuisance to neighbours. Make sure your alarm system functions properly and that you connect it to armed response or neighbourhood watch team surveillance. You can also invest in a system that notifies you via SMS of any intrusions. It’s best to connect the alarm system to a CCTV system as well, allowing you to see what has triggered the alarm.
By using the expandable security gates to close off areas in the home not used at night, you can contain criminal elements in a specific part of the house. Should there be movement in those rooms, the alarm can be triggered and you can see on camera what’s going on. This will also allow you enough time to secure the rest of the house through slam locking the room gates. The special design of the doors prevents animals from moving through and thus also helps to minimise false alarms.
Use caution when entering and exiting the house. Keep the external security gates closed when not outside. Install a looking hole at your front door if you don’t have a CCTV system. If anything seems suspicious, don’t enter the premises, but get immediate neighbourhood watch or armed response assistance.
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