Choosing to install a driveway gate will provide a sense of security for your home that you may be lacking but, is it secure? The most common point of entry for armed robberies is a driveway gate. According to this article, statistics show that 85% of residential crimes begin at this point. This number may sound startling, so it is best to always get a closer look at your gate and be sure it is protecting your home as it was designed. Certain modifications like adding a bracket to gate motor on a sliding gate will prevent the gate motor from being stolen or from forced entry. If your driveway gate swings open, installing plates to prevent tampering with the connectors. Devices can also be installed to inform your security company when the gate has been opened forcefully. Proper lighting is also a feature to pay attention to. Having lights directed away from the home to prevent others from seeing inside from outdoors. Another exterior feature is to remove excessive landscaping plants such as thick bushes or other areas that a criminal could use for hiding. Lastly, be sure as a homeowner that the gate is not left open accidentally since often it can be a simple mistake that can be avoided with proper attention.