Side or rear gates are very commonly used to access a house or property, they are often closer to a car parking space or it is preferable to bring the dog in to the back of the house, especially if it’s just been for a muddy walk. Rear gardens are also important to keep secure as much as possible, back door locks don’t usually automatically lock, also your garden might not be overlooked allowing a potential burglar time to survey you house and even time to overcome your lock out of sight.
In my opinion the simplest gate lock to use is the Gatemate lock. It uses a normal size key similar in size to a Yale key and therefore fits comfortable on your key ring. These locks can be operated from either side or they can be supplied with a quick release from the inside.
I have fitted Gatemate locks for many different reasons, some to enable a shorter route to the kitchen, some to stop the neighbours helping themselves to their apples, I have even fitted a key safe next to a Gatemate lock to give access to gardeners, window cleaners etc, without the need to give out keys.