Prevention of gate-lifting – a report from Marcus Dekenah

Residents should always remember that the first part of their home-security to be forced in a burglary or robbery is often their rolling gate.

Criminals do this so they can carry away the larger valuables in your home by car/Taxi without raising attention to themselves.

The security of your rolling gate can easily be protected with some very steps:

  • Fit anti-lift stoppers to the top of your gate to stop it being lifted off the rails when the gate is closed. Both the open-side and the motor-side should be protected!
  • Reinforce the last metre of rack-gear adjacent to the gate-motor. This stops the gear being broken off by crooks using a crow-bar. They can then “roll” the gate open enough to slip inside.
  • Ensure your gate motor is “locked down”, and the clutch can’t be released by someone who jumps your fence. This also prevents the motor being stolen through the fence.

Some people additionally/alternatively fit an anti-lift alarm/beeper to their gate, to warn them when the gate motor has been tampered, or the gate has been lifted.

As part of our efforts to educate residents to better protect themselves, a “how-to “workshop was held by Joe Lishman last Sunday morning.

Almost 40 residents attended to learn how to protect/ alarm their rolling gates from lifting and tampering.

The picture below shows Joe demonstrating how to protect various parts of a typical motorised rolling-gate to some of the interested residents.


Gate lifting


A video on rolling-gate protection will be posted later, and this event will also be repeated.

Resident s who can’t take these measures themselves are urged to get help.

For more information or assistance, please contact by contacting the following

Joe Lishman (072 384 9610) (for physical gate security, or assistance with wired gate-beeper inside house)

Lawrence Meyer (082 750 2131) (for physical gate security, wireless gate-lift alarm integrated into home alarm, or SMS gate-lift alarm)

On-site reporter Marcus Dekenah