30 Seconds is all it takes.

A criminal needs only 30 seconds to break a motorised sliding gate

What can you do in 30 seconds?

You might be able to compete in a staring contest, pour yourself a glass of water, or slowly count to 30 when your teenager is back chatting you. Other than that, I don’t think anyone can do much in 30 seconds, beside Usain Bolt, of course, and these guys.

It took these criminals a mere 30 seconds to gain access to a home by breaking a remote-controlled sliding gate.

Yes, those very same gates that everyone believes will stop an intruder. We all have remote-controlled gates, not only for convenience but also for safety, or so we thought.

Picking a lock is old news, but breaking a motorised gate in 30 seconds? That’s new.

Sure, the criminals went onto the property but ran out a few moments later with nothing stolen and nobody hurt. Fantastic! Apart from the expenses to fix the gate, it is great news for the potential victims, but also not such great news because if the criminals have done it once, what is to stop them from doing it again?

What if?

While we are grateful that nothing happened and that nobody was hurt, I cannot help but ask myself what if someone was in the driveway? What if they did get into the house? Or maybe a child was playing in the garden? What if the homeowners arrived at the gate whilst the break-in was in progress? What then?

The aim of security should be to prevent anyone from even getting as far as the gate without anybody knowing about it. That is proactive security.

What you see in the abovementioned article, is reactive security.

A Security Risk Assessment will assist you to become a proactive crime fighter. It will tell you where your risks are and how it can be eliminated to ensure that your property does not allow any opportunities for crime.

An Independent Security Risk Assessment provides for all those ‘what-if’ scenarios.

Risk is the presence of opportunities. Security is the absence of risk.


Do you have a Security Risk Assessment conducted by an Independent Consultant? Alwinco specialises in conducting Independent Security Risk Assessments and it is our aim to fight crime, one Risk Assessment at a time.

If you don’t have an Independent Security Risk Assessment, you are fighting crime reactively, not proactively. This means you can only react to something that has already happened.

Crime is too late; it cannot be undone, and it has an everlasting impact on its victims.

Written by Andre Mundell

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