Fence toppings may not be the foundation of most security systems, but they are often essential, nonetheless. They increase the height of security fencing and make it more difficult to climb, thereby deterring or stopping many would-be intruders. However, not all fence toppings are the same. As we’ve mentioned in previous blog entries, some are understated and stylish: they simply create an overhang that makes a fence harder to scale. Others are more imposing and incorporate spikes or barbs that can actually harm intruders.
There are three factors you should take into consideration when deciding whether it’s time to replace or change for new fence toppings.
1. Your brand
It’s important that your business’s site or premises reflects your brand. If you are currently using very imposing toppings but you are trying to build an approachable, friendly brand, for example, it may be time to change them. Conversely, if you are cultivating a brand identity that evokes seriousness and efficiency, you may wish to choose more forbidding and stern-looking fence toppings.
2. Your security requirements
It’s worth asking yourself if your current fence is a good fit for your changing security needs. If your business has been targeted by criminals several times and you have fairly mild, understated-looking fence toppings, you may wish to invest in harsher toppings that can act as more effective deterrents and actually harm intruders who try to get past them. In contrast, if your business has never been the target of criminal activity but you’re using spiked or barbed fence toppings, you may not need them. They could be replaced with toppings that reflect your brand more effectively.
Like any other security measure, maintanance is key, if not properly maintained, they will probably need to be replaced eventually, items such as litter, carrier bags etc, can often get caught in the toppings and if not removed may cause a security issue for you and create a vulneability in the fenceline. If your security enhancements are in a state of disrepair, you should replace them immediately.