My friend has experienced a situation where she was robbed by men with parang in the porch of her house. This was several years ago. It was late at night. She had gotten down to shut the gate but the men were hiding in wait.

My sister in law has been robbed in front of her gate before as well, after walking her daughter from kindy and while she was trying to open her gate.

I installed auto gates at my house not only to protect myself from the rain but as a safety measure as well, so that I don’t have to get down to shut my gate manually. That makes me feel more vulnerable. Staying in the car makes me feel a bit more protected.

However, recent cases where women were robbed in their porch even with auto gates installed has taken away this false sense of security. In both cases, the robbers ran into the porch after the women drove into the porch. It is not safe anymore. Not even in the porch of  your house. Not even with auto gates.

A neighbour informed us to be careful recently after his son in law got down to check his auto gates when returning home in the night. The robbers had tied the gates together so it would not open. This made the victim get down to inspect the gates and thats when they struck.

So, don’t ever be lulled into a false sense of security. Always, always be on the alert for any strangers who may be lurking or hiding in bushes etc. And if your auto gate does not open, be extra alert.

Speaking of auto gates………… this is an unrelated rant, I do wonder why my neighbour who has auto gates installed, has to honk her rather loud horn several times each day to get her maid to open her auto gates for her. Hmmm…..

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