2017-11-02 06:00

A WARNING has been issued to all KwaZulu-Natal residents to ensure that their gate motors are secured following several incidents where criminals have disconnected and stolen batteries.

Stolen gate motors are either stripped down and its various components (batteries, gearboxes, etc.) sold individually on the black market, or peddled as complete units to unsuspecting homeowners who are often duped into believing that they are purchasing new operators.

As is often the case with stolen goods, it is the hapless consumer who is left holding the short end of the stick as he or she has been sold a gate motor that is well out of its warranty period, not to mention the fact that

somewhere, someone has been robbed of their beloved gate operator, leaving the property vulnerable to criminal activity.

Below are some pro-tips for guarding your gate motor against theft:

• Make it as difficult as possible to criminals to get into the

property to access the gate motor.

• Invest in electric fencing and perimeter outdoor beams.

• Install additional gate security measures such as adequate anti-lift brackets.

• Weld a piece of flat bar onto the gate rack to prevent thieves from bending the rack upwards.

• Fit a theft-resistant bracket from a reputable manufacturer and secure it with an insurance-rated padlock.

• Discus locks are not recommended.

• Combine mechanical anti-theft systems, such as traditional theft-resistant cages, with electronic notification systems, for example sounds bombs and GSM devices that are able to send notifications to users when the device’s inputs are triggered.

• Position infrared safety beams so that the beam runs across the motor; combine this with the intruder-detection alarms to sound an alarm when the beam is broken.

• In the case of sliding gate motors, ensure that the motor is securely bolted to the ground and can’t easily be removed.

• Place a siren inside the motor enclosure, wire the siren back to the house and place it on the 24-hour zone.

• Be proactive in the security of your neighbourhood.

Like many people, you may be concerned about rising crime rates. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep yourself and your community safe.

Here are a few simple tips:

• protect yourself;

• arm your alarm;

• keep a watchful eye;

• secure your perimeter;

• protect your property;

• guard your street; and

• join the community patrols

Improving neighbourhood safety is a team effort, but it needs to start with someone and that someone should be you. As you get to know your neighbours, discuss your concerns, and apply some of the ideas above, you’ll find that your neighbourhood becomes not only a safer place to be, but a more enjoyable one.

Ahmed Kajee, Security Hyperstore

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