Secured by Design, the UK police flagship initiative which designs out crime at the planning stage of buildings and developments, has backed Gate Safety Week. Also joining the campaign is the Crime Prevention Website which provides crime prevention advice to both the general public and the police service.

Gate Safety Week is being held from October 12 – 18 and is organised by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) Powered Gate Group which comprises Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment.

In the run up to Gate Safety Week, campaigners are actively encouraging best practice in all aspects of powered gates and will be working hard to further improve safety standards across the industry.

In recent years, three children and three adults have been killed in powered gate accidents. It is estimated there are more than 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK, yet the industry says just 30 per cent of these are safe to use.

Mick Reynolds, senior development officer at Association of Chief Police Officers Secured by Design, said: “Secured by Design and the DHF have a long history of working together. As well as needing to be secure, it is vital that gates are regularly inspected and properly maintained so that they perform properly and at the same time are safe to those using them. Gate Safety Week is a great way of raising awareness in this area.”

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