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Retractable security barriers versus static security barriers

We live in a time and place where it is, unfortunately, fundamental to put security measures in place to keep criminals out. So you’ve decided to invest in security barriers for your home or business to protect your loved ones and valuables, but what is the right solution for your unique property? Let’s take a look at retractable security barriers versus static security barriers, so that you can make an informed decision about what will work best for your environment.

What are security barriers?

Before we get into the different types, let’s first establish what we mean when we talk about a security barrier and why you would need one? An effective security barrier provides access control, which prevents any unauthorised entry into your property (or specific areas on your property). You need security barriers to keep the right people safe and the wrong people out. In addition, security barriers significantly increase your property’s value. This is especially true in South Africa where security is an important consideration when purchasing property.
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What are retractable security barriers?

Retractable security barriers are there when you need them and gone when you don’t, as they easily slide into a compact space. This makes it a great option if you’re looking for “invisible” security that won’t spoil the view, take up space or detract from the interior design of the property. Expandable security barriers also eliminate the hassle of having to navigate through a barrier that cannot be “put away” when it is not required. They are therefore perfect for passages, doors, sliding doors, windows, hatches, shop fronts, office entrances and patios.

One of the most well-known advantages of retractable security barriers is deadlock slamlock capability, which means they automatically lock when they are slammed shut and there is a locating pin that forms a deadlock. The last thing you want to do when a criminal is pursuing you is fumble around with a key. In addition to slamlock, though, some barriers provide a hook lock, which is locked using a key. However, in this instance, it serves as an extra layer of security when required.

What are static security barriers?

Static, or non-retractable, security barriers are usually designed to work alongside retractable barriers to create a consistent look and feel. They are predominantly used in homes and businesses for windows and other places where access needs to be completely restricted. Because they’re always there, they always provide peace of mind.

Static security barriers are the perfect option for areas that do not require a retractable barrier. They are a budget-friendly option for properties with lots of windows that require protection from petty criminals (and perhaps even primate thieves), as many non-confrontational and opportunistic burglaries occur when criminals get into a property through an unprotected window opening.

What is the best option?

The choice between retractable security barriers and static security barriers depends on the unique requirements of each property and its various access points. If you’d like to better understand what would best suit your space, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can provide you with a free security analysis and costing.

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