Intruders will often target wooden back or side gates. They are generally out of sight and well concealed and offer a sturdy surface for climbing. Taking steps therefore to secure back and side gates should form an essential part of your security plan. In this post we have set out a variety of measures that can be put in place to secure access to your property via your gates.
Wherever possible, have your gate fitted so that the timber cross members are on the inside. Your aim is to make sure there is no foothold for potential climbers. Another option is to cover the cross members with panels.
Never store anything near your gates that could aid a step-up and over. That includes wheelie bins, garden furniture and children’s toys. Lock everything up or chain it down.
Choose Locks Wisely
Most gates come with a sliding padbolt as standard. These are relatively inexpensive and suitable for pretty much all types of gates. The downside is that they can only be used from the side of the gate they are fitted to, and unless fitted with a superior quality padlock, are not the most secure.
Another alternative is a long throw gate lock. These allow key-only access and the option of single or double locking, so you can choose whether to access from one or both sides. The single locking option has a simple spring latch on the rear of the lock and a keyhole to the front. The double locking model offers an advantage over the padbolt as it can be locked and unlocked from either side of the gate.
An ideal set up is a combination of padbolt and double locking long throw gate lock. There is also the option of a mortice deadlock. These can be three or five levers but it’s worth noting that insurers will usually demand five, which is why this lock is often called a ‘five lever insurance lock’.
The lock, which allows unlocking from both sides, fits inside the gate rather than onto it, so it can’t just be unscrewed and removed by an intruder. You do need to bear in mind though that if you’re opting for a mortice lock, the gate will need to be a minimum thickness, so you will need to make your lock choice before you order your gate.
Remember to always look out for the British Standards Kitemark and CE markings when purchasing a lock.
Undertake Regular Maintenance
If a wooden gate starts to split, rot or soften due to the elements, its security will be immediately compromised. It is therefore essential to undertake a regular maintenance programme, bringing in expert outside help wherever necessary.