Gates and Fences are Critical for Protecting Your Pets – MagnaLatch ALERT

Gates and Fences are Critical for Protecting Your Pets – MagnaLatch ALERT Gates and Fences are Critical for Protecting Your Pets – MagnaLatch ALERT

Who (won’t) let the dogs out?

Gates and fences are critical for protecting your pets: Australian company offers an ideal aged-care facility and home security product.

Pets, pets, pets… What is it about pets that so captivates the average human? We treat our precious, furry loved-ones almost better than our fellow man – certainly better than some of our inlaws.

Both the wealthy and the battler seem to make room for the love and expense of a pet. We give them the best beds and the warmest places to sleep. We buy them toys and treats. We give them their favourite foods and attend to their every health issue – vaccinations, wormings, yearly check-ups, even operations. Our pets are “family” after all.

People of all ages love pets, everyone from children, busy families, empty-nesters, and of course the elderly and retired. Animal safety is a growth business in today’s busy and security-conscious world, and while dogs should be able to enjoy the outdoors and play in the yard or garden, it’s important to have the right fencing, gates and gate hardware in place so that all is safe and sound.

One problem area for pet owners, notably dog owners, is the issue of yard and perimeter security. Of particular note is the issue of faulty gates, gate latches and gate hinges. Every year in many parts of Australia and the world countless dogs escape the sanctuary of home and are killed or injured by passing traffic. Dogs can even drown in backyard swimming pools – it happens more often than you think – but it’s not something considered by many dog owners.

Australian company D&D Technologies believes it has come up with the ultimate gate latch for dogs and other pets. For more than 25 years D&D has been refining and improving its world-famous MagnaLatch® Magnetic Safety Gate Latch, but early this year it announced the world’s first and only combined gate latch and electronic alarm – the MagnaLatch® ALERT. The MagnaLatch ALERT comes in two models – one for child safety gates (e.g. swimming pools and childcare centres) and another model for gates around homes, animal compounds, yards, gardens and perimeters.

These new latch-alarm devices offer a dual alarm system of flashing LED lights (safety you can see) and an audible alarm (safety you can hear). It’s the perfect solution for when you can’t turn your back for a second.

When it comes to protecting dogs for example, it’s one thing to know your dogs are safely behind a fence in the home or yard environment, but what about when unexpected or carefree visitors (think couriers, telco salespeople, cold-callers, touters, teenagers) enter a gate and potentially leave it open or accidentally or carelessly “let the dogs out”?

The ALERT latches are thoughtfully designed so that upon each entry or exit of a gate a single beep is heard. This notifies property or pool owners whenever a child, family, friend, neighbour or even intruder enters or exits a gate.

If the gate is left open, a second beep will be heard after 10 seconds. It’s only after 15 seconds of the gate being open and unlatched that the alarm siren begins to ramp up and LED lights begin to flash, providing owners with visual and audible alerts, even from inside the house.

Former Australian Olympic swimming coach and child water safety advocate, Laurie Lawrence, has had a long association with D&D Technologies and its Australian-made products. Says Lawrence: “I was mightily impressed with the first MagnaLatch when it came out over 20 years ago. But to see this new model of MagnaLatch ALERT, with built-in electronic alarms, represents an entirely new level of safety and peace-of-mind for homeowners, parents and carers. This is a major breakthrough for all types of safety gates.”

The best news is the ease with which the new latch-alarm system is installed. The electronic alarms are powered by an integrated, replaceable battery, so there’s no need for wiring, electricians or special tools. By simply screwing the latch onto the gate/fence the owner gains both a safety gate latch and an alarm system!

In 2015 the ground-breaking features of the MagnaLatch ALERT were recognised with an Australian ‘Good Design Award’, now an internationally recognised award for innovative products.

In addition to all the alarm features of the new latch, and like all regular MagnaLatches, the ALERT models feature proven magnetically-triggered latching, key lockable security (rekeyable by a locksmith to match house doors), a visible Locked/Unlocked indicator, and a high degree of horizontal and vertical adjustment to ensure ongoing performance.

D&D Technologies’ Marketing Director, Justin Francis, says: “Not only does the MagnaLatch ALERT notify that a gate is not closed and secure, but more importantly it warns that the gate is not properly latched. Until the latching mechanism is engaged, the alarms will flash and sound, even on fences where the gate may appear to be closed and safe. So this product is really an ‘unlatched’ alarm system, which is unique. We’re talking about what must surely be the safest gate latch in the world.”

The two models of the new MagnaLatch ALERT are the tall ‘Top Pull’ model for swimming pool and other child safety gates, and the shorter ‘Vertical Pull’ model for front, side, perimeter and all other pet gates.

All product mounting screws, instructions, alarm battery and an Owner’s Manual are supplied standard.

The MagnaLatch® ALERT is available at Bunnings, other good hardware stores, or your local fencing contractor. SRP $195.

Background information:
D&D Technologies is fully Australian owned, and all products are Australian made. All of D&D’s high-tech gate hardware latches and hinges carry a Lifetime Warranty. The electronic alarm unit of the MagnaLatch ALERT carries a 2-Year Warranty.

Justin Francis: “Traditional gate alarms, which were sold separately to gate latches, were mostly only ‘proximity indicators’, meaning they would stop working as soon as the gate was sufficiently ‘closed’. They did not indicate if the gate was actually latched and secure. Correctly installed, the new ALERTs ensure a very safe gate around the home or pool.”

For technical product information contact D&D Technologies (02) 9454 7888, or at Or visit

Further media enquiries:
Contact Justin Francis or Phil Doyle at D&D Technologies Pty Ltd. 
Phone (02) 9454 7800 or 0413 834 105. Or email