23rd November 2017
Security gates (including both pedestrian and vehicle gates) are an essential feature in any secure perimeter. They enable you to provide access to your site or premises for legitimate visitors while simultaneously preventing intruders from gaining access. Here at Zaun, we offer a broad range of security gates to suit all our clients’ needs. However, even the best gates aren’t impregnable. In today’s blog, we’d like to look at some of the security risks associated with access gates and show you how you can negate them.
Manual security gates require keys and electronic ones may be operated using passwords. Both types of gate suffer from a single shared flaw: you will have to provide all the employees who use the gate with keys or let them know the password. Giving a large number of employees keys or passwords increases the chance that a key or password will end up being lost or given away to the wrong person. If a would-be intruder comes into possession of a key or password, your gate’s security could be compromised. Luckily, it’s very easy to address this problem. You should consider changing the lock on a manual gate semi-regularly (perhaps once a year) or changing the password for an electronic one very regularly (possibly once a month). You should also make it as easy as possible for employees to report lost keys.
Security gates are built to last. However, after many years of use, even a well-made gate can exhibit signs of wear and tear. Most notably, rusting at key points can make a gate susceptible to brute force, enabling intruders to break in. However, you can protect your gates from the effects of rusting with protective paints or other finishes. If rusting does occur, you may be able have the gate repaired. Of course, it’s worth noting that this problem is very unlikely to occur until you’ve had a security gate for several years.
It’s tempting to depend entirely on security gates, but this can leave you vulnerable. You should never underestimate the tenacity of prospective intruders. We recommend including CCTV cameras and an alarm system at your entry points to supplement the gates.
We pride ourselves on the quality of gates here at Zaun. If you follow the advice in today’s blog entry, you can make them even more secure and ensure that they serve as ideal complements to your security fencing.