According to recent advice provided by the British Security Industry Association, the cover of darkness provides the perfect opportunity for thieves and criminals to target a property. For this reason they advise that something as simple as making sure that garden and driveway gates are locked at all times when access is not required can prove a really effective deterrent that may ultimately protect your home in a more effective manner than you may imagine.
In fact, by considering how a criminal may gain unlawful access to your property is essential as once you are aware of any potential weak points and problem areas you will be able to take steps to overcome them.
Types of Locks Available
With many types of gate locking mechanisms being available to choose from it is essential to consider the practical aspect of fitting such a security product to your home or garden and how it may affect day to day access.
Padlock – Fitting a padlock over an existing standard gate latch will provide an effective means of securing the gate in place however can be a little fiddly and time consuming to open and close if access is required on a regular basis.
Signet Lock – Offering a more user friendly way of securing a gate, a signet lock is operated using a key.
Heavy Duty Mortise Lock – For the ultimate in security, the addition of a heavy duty mortise lock can prove invaluable in terms of the benefits it offers. Fitted with a high security barrel and strong latch plate, a gate fitted with this form of lock will prove a seriously strong barrier to any criminal trying to gain unlawful access to your property.
In conclusion, regardless of the type of lock you opt for always ensure that it is kept locked when not in use as it can sometimes only take a split second for an opportunist criminal to gain access to your valuables.
To view our full range of gates that are available with the addition of one of the above types of locking mechanism please choose from the following categories
Alternatively, please feel free to contact us for any assistance or further advice that you may require and we will be pleased to offer friendly impartial answers.