One of the fastest growing crime trends is the stealing and reselling of gate motors. Criminals mainly target gate motors that are not secured or covered. There are a number of factors as to why criminals are targeting gate motors. Firstly, they are easy to get to and we don’t notice that they have been tampered with until its too late. Secondly criminals know gate motors are expensive and they know homeowners will replace them.
Opportunistic criminals stealing gate motors for two reasons . They will either steal the whole motor and strip it down to all the individual components to sell off , or they will try sell it to other home owners who think they are getting a great deal, making them a decent profit.
Over the past few months we have seen a major rise in crime all over South Africa. Many different elements can be blamed for this, most people would blame Covid-19 but there are many other factors. We have seen more young people dropping out of school over the past few years, not enough skills based workers, a very low employment rate, all of these factors make for the perfect recipe for crime.
The other reason for gate motor theft is so criminals can gain access to your property at a later stage. They know that it might take time to replace the gate motor. This is very worrying for all homeowners as it leaves us in a very vulnerable state.
But with saying all of this, there are ways we can prevent gate motor theft.
- Your first step is to secure your gate motor, you can purchase an Anti-theft bracket from us at DM Security Services and we will gladly come and install it for you.
- Make getting into your property extremely difficult for criminals and set up a detection alarm close to your gate motor.
- Lock the cover of your gate motor with a padlock as most criminals will switch your gate to manual to gain access to your property. Maintain the padlock as it can rust and wear down over time.
- You can use metal sheeting over your gate. This adds an extra barrier between your gate motor and the criminals.
These are just a few tricks to protect you, your family and your property. Remember we are just a phone call away. We have all your Security concerns covered. Remember to stay vigilant and stay safe.