Most Security Gates we see are mostly built on price, use cheap locks and take only seconds to open with a crow-bar or similar tool and are easily defeated with portable power tools.
WE NEED TO SPECIFY AND BUILD STRONGER STEEL GATES INCORPORATING STRONGER GATE LOCKS - for greater resistance against forcible entry.
In these troubled times of high crime and violence against people, we should NOT be fitting gates that can be bent and mangled easily with hand tools or light power tools. Gates should be constructed so that crowbars and similar implements cannot find an entry-point, and cannot easily bend the gate or the frame, or damage the lock.
The reason that criminals have been winning the battle for our property is that most gates are too light, have flimsy hinges, and are fitted with light lever-locks that simply pop open under pressure from a crowbar, tire-lever, or a big screwdriver! It takes less than 30 seconds to force open the average gate, and even less for the average door!
Gates need to be made out of heavier steel, and all gate locks should be protected against attack by hand tools – which can be used quickly and quietly. The lock and the hinges are most often the ‘weak-link’. Battery powered tools like disc-grinders can cut through most gates – however – the heavier the gate and the locks – the longer the gate will take to cut – and the more noise will be made.