Which Security Gate or Barrier should I Choose?

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When businesses look at site security, they tend to think about the building security rather than the overall site. The security that you put in place should make it difficult for opportunists to access as much of your site as possible, putting every obstacle in their way so they deem it too risky to attempt a break-in.

Automated security gates and mobile gate barriers are the first line of defence. There are many different types of Security Gates and Barriers, some of which can be automated so at a push of a button you can grant access. Some gates and barriers can tie in with access control, making them automated security gates which, in turn, automates entrance - but also gets them to verify their identity.

Popular Types of Security Gates and Barriers:

Sliding Gates

Sliding gates are usually used when you have limited space or rough terrain. It’s quite common for sliding gates to be affixed to a wall, so that when they slide open, the gate goes behind the wall. They run on tracks or a trackless cantilever system. Although sliding gates are good for limited space, they are better suited to close off large opening, too, when compared to other types of security gates.

  • Can be automated
  • Suited for limited spaces, large spaces or rough terrain
  • Less vulnerable in high wind loading areas.


Turnstiles are great for controlling employee and visitor access. Turnstiles stop people “tailgating” behind others as they only let one person in at a time, through which stops any unauthorised entry.

  • Can be integrated with access control
  • Controls employee and visitor access
  • Stops tailgating 

Drop Arm Barrier

A Drop arm barrier is typically found at entrances to industrial sites, car parks, airport barriers, hotels and event venues. The barrier arm is down until access is granted and then it is automatically raised.

  • Can be integrated with access control
  • Ideal for car parks, hotels, event venues and industrial sites

Traffic Control Spikes

Traffic spikes control traffic by only allowing entrance via one direction. Should someone drive the wrong way across the traffic spikes, the spikes will pierce and deflate the tyres. When driving the correct direction, the traffic spikes simply retract. Traffic spikes are for direction control and anti-theft control, rather than final denial access.

  • Can be automated
  • Ideal for site traffic direction control in low speed locations (5mph)
  • Ideal for car parks, airports, government offices and distribution centres

Palisade Fencing

Palisade fencing is a simple solution to protect the boundaries of your site whilst maintaining a view of whether access is being attempted.The shape of the area that is needed to be protected also doesn’t matter when you use palisade fencing; whether it’s regular in shape or not.
Palisade fencing acts naturally as a deterrent because of the height, lack of footholds to climb and the points at the top.

  • Can be integrated with an intruder alarm
  • Easy to maintain and extremely durable; long life span and can be protected from rusting 
  • Ideal for industrial, commercial sites, warehouses, airports and schools


Bollards are useful for traffic management, pedestrian safety and preventing accidental and intentional damage to a business’s building. The best bollards are constructed from stainless steel for long lasting protection against harsh impacts, even from multiple crashes.
There are a variety of different types from collapsible, fixed and temporary bollards yet they all offer protection from low- and high-speed crashes.

  • Can be integrated with access control
  • Can be automated
  • Useful for traffic management, preventing building damage and ensuring pedestrian safety
  • Ideal for shopping centres, car parks, warehouses, airports, stadiums, industrial parks and schools

Pedestrian Gates

Pedestrian Gates is an extra layer of security where you can ensure that those are not permitted aren’t allowed in whilst keeping authorised visitors, safe.

There are a variety of sizes and types of pedestrian gates but they can be integrated with access control and/or automated.

  • Can be manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic
  • Can be integrated with access control, CCTV and motion detectors
  • Ideal for schools, large businesses, distribution centres and construction sites

Factors to consider when choosing a Gate or Barrier

There are a few factors to consider when you are thinking about the type of security gate or barrier you need as they might dictate the ones you can actually use.

Size and Space

How much space do you have? Is it a walk way or a drive through entrance that needs to be gated?

You need to think about how a barrier or gate will be fitted. Will it need to be supported by a wall? Will it make the entrance, narrower because of the fittings?

Activity level

The area that you want to place a gate or barrier (or both), will there be a high level of traffic? Will everyone need to identify themselves? Does a vehicle and driver need to be both identified?

The level of activity will dictate the type of gate you get and any associated security measures. Likewise, it defeats the object of having a gate or barrier if you are going to leave it open when it is busy.


There are specific regulations in relation to automated security gates. All automatic gate systems by law must be installed in compliance with the Machinery Directive MD2006/42/EC and supporting standards. Essentially the regulations focus on the crushing risk, reversing function and having the appropriate force technology in place. They were amended because of tragic crushing incidents involving children.


When you choose a gate or barrier, you may want to think about adding an extra layer of security by integration it with other security solutions. For instance, you may distribute fob access control to staff, each one is registered to an individual with a picture against the file. When they swipe the fob, ANPR CCTV Camera can be used to recognise if it is that individual, if it is them, they can enter. If it isn’t, it triggers an alarm to a designated person to check.

Think about how secure you need the entrance to be or if it a perimeter fence, how you will know if someone has penetrated it.

Boost your security!

Security gates and barriers compliment other security solutions such as Intruder alarms, Access control and CCTV which ensures your business remains as secure as it can possibly be.


Businesses should not take any risks when it comes to security, whatever level of protection you are looking for it is important that you know who is coming in and out of your building.

Additionally, should the worst happen, CCTV evidence could prove useful to prove or disprove any allegations.

Learn more about CCTV

Access Control

All businesses whether small medium or large have assets, staff and property that need to be protected.

There have been so many times that doors are left unlocked,

which opens up the possibility of opportunist theft and malicious damage.

Learn more about Access Control

Intruder Alarms

An Intruder Alarm is there to detect any unauthorised entry into your business. They also naturally act as a deterrent.

Look at the potential monetary loss. For instance, do you sell products?

How much is that stock worth? What impact would that have to your business?

Learn about Intruder Alarms

Enhance your Site's Security

Not sure if you security gates comply with the legislation? Perhaps you are looking at all of your current security measures.

Book a security site audit with us.

We will come to your site, look at the size and location, assess the security risks and current security measures and ensure they are inline with what you want to achieve. We will give you a completed security audit with a list of our suggestions.

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