The key is to fortify the extra areas of your acreage, or lot to the point that any burglar performing due diligence in your neighborhood will notice that you are armed to the teeth, and then you will become less likely to be a target. Crooks are not that smart in many ways, and if you give them a symbol in the form of driveway security gates, then they will turn their attentions to neighbors that have not built up their defenses. This is an area where it does not pay to be a cheapskate, and the proper investment in quality security gates is necessary.
Fencing around the edge of your property should be just as forbidding in looks, as you do not want to give a strong appearance with gates, and then falter elsewhere. This is best done with what are called wildlife fences. They are not the standard wood, or barbwire that you see usually when traveling throughout the countryside. They are made up of very strong metal and steel wires that make a sort of loose mesh, and are generally about seven to nine feet in height. The combination of the security gates, and this fencing shows you are thinking about future encroachments on your land, and you are ready for them when they execute their plan off attack on your property, and or family.
Even today, if one visits the countryside with the farmhouses and the rustic forests, we get a glimpse of how drastically different the lives of city dwellers are. While Farmhouses with their animal pens and barns are usually made of wood and its derivatives, it is very rare to see cement and concrete driveway gates in the rural set up. If one visits the outskirts of the city, one might still find homes with wooden porches and picket fences. But as one goes within large metropolitan cities, large sturdy metal gates and fences are preferred.
One of the reasons for this may be the fact that wood is now a very expensive buy and good quality wood is rare and in short supply. Another reason may be the fact that cities these days need gates and fences that are secure considering the rising crime rates especially of thefts and break-ins. While steel and wrought iron still remain a popular choice for gates even today, more and more people are opting for lighter options. The most popular alternative for driveway gates is aluminium. Already used in weight sensitive industries such as Aircrafts and ships, aluminium has slowly found its way into our homes.
The function of a gate too has evolved and changed over time. Once used only to demarcate land and property, gates these days have become more of a security essential. This combined with the growth in modern technology has ensured that driveway gates today come with much more features than a simple entrance to your home. Aluminium driveway gates are particularly useful since they can be modified and customized to suit the individual needs of people. This is because Aluminium is highly malleable ensuring that is can be molded according to the design in question.
Today, almost all driveway gates, aluminium or otherwise, come with automatic control panels, security cameras and a microphone and speaker built in. More advanced options including security alarms are also available. Earlier, since gates were made of expensive wrought iron or wood, overall costs were very high.