The Importance of lighting when securing your business


It’s an undeniable fact that the majority of crimes against businesses take place in the dark hours of the night. When the sun goes down, the likelihood of a perpetrator infiltrating your facility and getting away without being caught vastly increase. However, there are steps that business owners can take to reduce those chances and make their sites a less appealing target for the criminal underbelly.

Making The Most of Security Lighting

Criminals will seek to take advantage of the cover of darkness. This is why it’s essential to make the most of security lighting and use it in a way that benefits any existing measures you may already have in place.

Visual Deterrent

Lighting can help in some significant ways. First of all, it sends a visual deterrent to criminals who may be approaching. A constant presence of lighting shows criminals that you are active and security-minded, while motion-triggered lighting may hamper them in their tracks, should they decide to test their luck and approach.

Enhance existing security

But to really make the most of security lighting, you should use it as an enhancement of your existing security features. In practice, this should mean installing lighting to showcase your arsenal of perimeter security tools. For instance by positioning your lighting to show a highly-secure gate, barrier, or road blocker.

When criminals weigh up whether to try their luck at a property, one of the biggest factors in their decision will be their perceived chances of a getaway. If you can effectively show them that their entry and escape will be difficult then you will likely balance the scales of justice back in your favour.

Should a criminal decide the attempt is still worth the risk, you can make their life more difficult by employing sophisticated internal security measures. This can be traffic restricting measures such as speed ramps, barriers, and bollards, or internal access control systems that prevent them from accessing specific areas easily.

Maintain security lighting

Like any security measure, lighting is only effective if it is properly maintained. You should have a regular programme of maintenance and a designated member of staff charged with overseeing duties like cleaning lighting, replacing bulbs, and calling in repairs when needed.

Here at Gateway Automation, we believe in a holistic approach to perimeter security. This is why it is important to conduct a risk assessment that takes into account the nature of your business, the challenges you face, and potential solutions that can protect you from criminal activities.

Gateway Automation provides a range of products to help businesses and individuals secure their sites. We also provide nationwide servicing and repairs to gates, barriers, and other perimeter security equipment. To find out more, please call us on 01522 682255.

Sliding Gates vs Swinging Gates

sliding gates vs swinging gates

When it comes to perimeter defences, the first thing that will likely jump to mind is the image of a security gate, and rightly so. Security gates are often the first line of defence for many businesses when it comes to keeping intruders away, establishing a strong perimeter, and sending out a message to criminals.

However, when planning defences for a site, or considering upgrading your existing measures, it’s important to think carefully about your needs and your site capabilities. Let’s take a look at two of the most popular options of gates and how they compare.

Swinging Gates

Swinging Gates are an excellent option for many businesses. As the name suggests they swing open and shut in a wide arc. Often priced cheaper than sliding gates, they typically don’t include motors or electronics. Swinging gates don’t require concrete work or steel beams, they are low maintenance and make little noise during operation. This means that they are well-suited to isolated or rural sites, or large expansive sites where access to the grid is more limited.

If considering swinging gates as a solution for your site, you should think carefully about the available space on your premises. Swinging gates need enough space to open internally and externally in a wide arc and so might not be suitable for some sites where space is at a premium. They might also be less suited if you have particular needs for high-tech upgrades such as access control equipment or other electronic support.

Sliding Gates

If you are looking for gates at a site where space is less readily available then sliding gates may be a more sensible solution. Rather than opening and closing in an arc, sliding gates slide in and out along a track or trackless cantilever system, which both employ less of a footprint.

Sliding gates are often seen in more commercially-led settings, entrances, and residential driveways. They can be employed on rough ground and even on sloping ground if required. They are a good choice if you operate in a setting that has high-wind speeds and other unpredictable weather factors.

Unlike swing gates, sliding gates can be upgraded with access control equipment such as electronic keys, cards, fingerprint biometric readers and intercoms. These additions will always make a site more secure, however, they do come with added costs.

Get in touch

Arranging effective perimeter security is not something that you should go at alone. No matter the size or nature of your business, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess the security requirements of your organisation. For more information on any of the security options above, or for further advice on how to protect your business premises from criminals, please contact us here or call us on 01522 682 255.