Gate's intercom stolen from complex, again, again, again, what to do?

Pixelbender

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Our gate's intercom has been stolen again, for the third time in so many months, while having three of those round hard locks on (they're gone too). Is there another solution out there for a complex (Smallish, 9 units)?
 

dunkyd

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Why an intercom ? Baddies ring them all till they find a domestic they can bull**** into opening the gate. Code reader that you change MONTHLY!!
 

Pixelbender

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I've only lived there for 6 months, so dont really have influence on what the board says, but finding a solution might help with that

Why an intercom ? Baddies ring them all till they find a domestic they can bull**** into opening the gate. Code reader that you change MONTHLY!!
 

Pho3nix

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Why not have the systems that only open the gate if you phone a specific number?
Visitors would have to call owner to let them know they are outside.
 

freddster

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Have a camera on it. But put the camera out of harms way... Its South Africa. If your arse wasn't attached to you they'd also steal it.
 

Pixelbender

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More info please, however, people will have to have that specific number and also have airtime and with domestics and gardeners, that isnt always possible.

Why not have the systems that only open the gate if you phone a specific number?
Visitors would have to call owner to let them know they are outside.
 

desiganp

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Mount intercom inside the property on a pole, accessed through a small square hole in the boundary wall.
 

Pixelbender

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That means people will have to get out their cars. I assume this is the best option if we can't find anything else.

Mount intercom inside the property on a pole, accessed through a small square hole in the boundary wall.
 

Nips

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It would depend on the physical location of it, but I would look at how it can be mounted to make it more difficult to steal and at the same time look at tamper protection linked to an alarm system. Difficult to be more specific though without seeing it physically. CCTV may act as a deterrent as well.
 

Pixelbender

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Currently no wall, the wall only starts at the gate, at the moment it's in a free-standing metal box, hence the great attraction. But still looking for a better solution.

It would depend on the physical location of it, but I would look at how it can be mounted to make it more difficult to steal and at the same time look at tamper protection linked to an alarm system. Difficult to be more specific though without seeing it physically. CCTV may act as a deterrent as well.
 

Nips

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You can try and contact the manufacturers or distributors of the intercom and see if they make any anti-theft brackets for it. Or ask your security company about seismic sensors to trigger an alarm if the intercom is abused. It may take a bit of work to eliminate false alarms.

Another option is a CCTV camera with video analytics to trigger an alarm if someone is loitering around the intercom for more than a certain amount of time. This might get pricey though (although you can get a free version of software if it is just a few cameras) and might be difficult to differentiate between a genuine visitor who is just delayed at the gate and someone tampering with the intercom. An IP Camera, mounted high up and inside the property, linked to a PC running the free version of Axxon NEXT (www.axxonsoft.com), configured to alert on loitering at certain times of day (or evening) might work.
 

Pixelbender

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Would rather get a thin wire that triggers an alarm when they cut the lock, there are three locks to cut, should probably scare them off?

You can try and contact the manufacturers or distributors of the intercom and see if they make any anti-theft brackets for it. Or ask your security company about seismic sensors to trigger an alarm if the intercom is abused. It may take a bit of work to eliminate false alarms.

Another option is a CCTV camera with video analytics to trigger an alarm if someone is loitering around the intercom for more than a certain amount of time. This might get pricey though (although you can get a free version of software if it is just a few cameras) and might be difficult to differentiate between a genuine visitor who is just delayed at the gate and someone tampering with the intercom. An IP Camera, mounted high up and inside the property, linked to a PC running the free version of Axxon NEXT (www.axxonsoft.com), configured to alert on loitering at certain times of day (or evening) might work.
 

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Why not have the systems that only open the gate if you phone a specific number?
Visitors would have to call owner to let them know they are outside.
This

Mount intercom inside the property on a pole, accessed through a small square hole in the boundary wall.
And This.

Someone kept vandalizing the one outside my dad's complex. The two above solutions solved that problem permanently with the only difference being, there was no hole in the wall. The mounted one was roadside (on the inside) allowed keypad access to get out.

Coming into the property is done either via ringing a cell or somebody buzzing you in with a remote controller.
 
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Grant

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Why not have the systems that only open the gate if you phone a specific number?
Visitors would have to call owner to let them know they are outside.
visitors may as well just call directly from their own phone
 
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