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Secure Residential Electric Gates in Hertfordshire

Criminals have had a tough couple of years, thanks to the pandemic. With everyone ‘locked down’ homes have been safer than ever. Hertfordshire burglary stats charting this period demonstrate clearly that intruder crime dropped significantly during lockdowns and surged the moment we started to go out and about once more.

Now that we’re returning to offices and the nights are drawing in, the 1st Choice team is seeing an uptick in calls about residential electric gates in Hertfordshire. One of the questions we regularly get asked by customers is: Are electric gates secure? In this blog we offer an honest response, and some recommendations for securing your home effectively.

Are Electric Gates Secure?

If a professional burglar decides to steal something from your home, they will find a way to do it – whatever security system you have in place. The good news is that the vast majority of burglaries aren’t planned. They’re carried out by opportunists who are looking for an easy target.

There are 3 reasons why residential automatic gates offer the kind of obstacle opportunist burglars avoid:

1. Electric Gates Are a Physical Obstacle

Professionally fitted automatic gates need to be scaled to enter your property. This presents a visibility risk, as well as the physical difficulty of scaling large gates. In most instances the physical barrier alone will be enough to deter the opportunist burglar. Electric gates also make a clear statement about your household’s security awareness.

2. Locked Gates Bar Access

At 1st Choice Security Systems we always recommend installing a lock on your electric gates. This can be set to lock automatically once they have closed. This has the advantage that you don’t need to return to the gates to lock them once you’ve parked your car. Locked gates provide an extra layer of security which will prove off-putting to burglars.

3. Residential Gates Are Sturdy

It’s difficult to open electric gates by force. The motor gearing would need to be forced in order to open a swing gate, and a sliding gate would have to be forced along its tracks. In either case the task would be time-consuming and likely to attract attention. If you live in a residential area, it’s extremely unlikely that a burglar would risk the operation.

Additional Security Features for Your Home

Residential electric gates in Hertfordshire are an effective security device, but they’re often installed as part of a comprehensive security system. Additional devices may include:

  • Residential CCTV. Burglars don’t want to be caught on video. Visible CCTV cameras are an excellent deterrent to trespassers and intruders.
  • Door Entry System. The perfect solution for doorstep scammers. An external audio or video panel allows you to see who visitors are before you grant them access.
  • Intruder Alarm. An alarm ‘bell box’ clearly visible from the road or pavement sends out a clear message to burglars to keep away.

Working With 1st Choice Security Systems

1st Choice Security Systems has been designing and installing residential electric gates in Hertfordshire for over 15 years. We know how important it is to be able trust installers working in or near your home. For this reason, all our engineers are DBS checked, SafeContractor approved, SSAIB approved, and we’re a DHF member. We work to the ISO2001-2015 standard. Should you need us in an emergency, we are available 24 hours.

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If you need assistance with residential electric gates in Hertfordshire or installing security systems call 1st Choice Security Systems today on 0800 1182414.


  • 1st Choice Security Systems - The quality is top rate and the gate looks fantastic, excellent customer service. Thank youRebecca Perks

  • 1st Choice Security Systems - When I was looking for a state of the art security solution for my house, I was provided with an in-depth site survey & Consultation (Free of charge) before being given a fantastic service. I am very impressed and would highly recommend.Dev Patel