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The best defence is a good fence

The best defence is a good fence

16th November 2017

Most criminals and would-be intruders who want to gain access to your organisation’s site or premises will try to breach your perimeter fence by climbing over it, finding a break or exploiting a weak point. These attempts can usually be thwarted with CCTV, alarm systems and fence toppings. However, other criminals (who may be more desperate or more violent) may try to use brute force to overcome your security fencing. For example, they might try to cut through it, ram it or knock it over. This is one of the main reasons why we aim to provide tough but flexible mesh fencing. However, if you suspect that your security fence may be attacked directly and forcefully, you should consider taking steps to increase its resilience. We have some suggestions that might help you do this.

1. Add hostile vehicle mitigation

Vehicular attacks are popular among criminals who favour brute force because fences that aren’t properly supported can be easily knocked over or broken by a fast-moving vehicle. Hostile vehicle mitigation systems are designed to add extra resistance when a vehicle collides with your security fencing. While the fence may be damaged, a hostile vehicle mitigation system will enable it to remain upright while the attacking vehicle will also be forcibly and suddenly stopped.

2. Consider electrification

Electrified security fences are beneficial for deterring criminals who might try to force their way through your perimeter or use bolt cutters to cut their way through. In addition, these fences can deliver a powerful shock that will make it impossible for criminals to continue attacking the fence.

3. Choose a deep fencing option

If you’re considering overhauling your perimeter completely, you may wish to invest in a fencing option designed to be planted quite deep into the earth. These fencing options tend to be more stable than those with shallow foundations and those held in place with above-ground blocks or platforms.

4. Add a second layer of fencing

It’s harder for criminals to overwhelm two layers of tough mesh security fencing than one, so think about adding a secondary layer of perimeter fencing inside your main layer.

Here at Zaun, we’re passionate about keeping you secure, and we hope these suggestions help defend your site or premises from forceful intruders.