How to ensure that your security gates really are secure


Every security perimeter has at least one gap. This gap isn’t a security flaw; however: it’s a necessary part of every perimeter’s design. As you might have guessed, we’re referring to the entrance to your site or premises. Regardless of what type of organisation you run, you can’t surround your site with security fencing: you need an entry-point to allow employees and visitors in and out. That’s why we at Zaun sell a wide variety of security gates that allow either vehicular or pedestrian access while simultaneously keeping your site secure. However, security gates are only effective if you use them properly. There are several practices that you should always employ to keep your gates secure.

1. Always ensure gates are closed when they are not in use.

Never leave your security gates open unnecessarily: an open gate is an invitation to intruders and miscreants. By closing your security gates whenever they aren’t being used, you can ensure that intruders don’t slip through them. Even if authorised personnel use your gates regularly throughout the day, you should ensure they are kept locked and closed whenever nobody is entering or leaving your site. Never leave your gates open, even if they’re going to be used again within a few minutes.

2. Actively monitor the CCTV footage from your gates

CCTV cameras are a great way to ensure that unauthorised individuals can’t pass through your gates without being noticed. Simply placing cameras near your security gates can deter many intruders. However, it won’t deter all of them. Therefore, it’s essential for your security personnel to constantly monitor the CCTV footage from your security gates to catch anyone who tries to sneak through.

3. When possible, position security personnel by your gate

Whenever possible, your gates should be operated by trained security personnel who can turn away unauthorised visitors. Try to avoid leaving your gates unattended, even if they are closed and locked.

Security gates are an essential part of any perimeter, alongside security fencing and anti-intruder technology. Follow the advice that we’ve given in today’s blog entry to make sure yours are effective.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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