Using security fencing for containment


In most cases, security fencing is used solely to prevent intruders and criminals from gaining unlawful access to a site or premises—however, some instances in which security fencing also needs to prevent people from leaving an area. If you are in charge of the security for one of these institutions, it’s important to choose a perimeter fencing solution that can keep site users safely inside while still keeping would-be intruders safely outside. But what exactly are these institutions? Here are three examples.

1. Prisons and detention centres

Prisons are the most obvious example on today’s list. However, they are remarkable because they are among the very few places where security should be focused more on containing site users than on blocking intruders. Very few people want to break into prisons or detention centres, but plenty of prisoners want to break out. So if you’re in charge of organising a prison’s security system, you need to choose a fencing option that’s difficult to scale or breakthrough from the inside. We have several high-security fencing options that are suitable for prisons. For example, ArmaWeave, Hisec 358, Hisec Prison, HiSec Super, to name a few. These are ultra-tough fences that present an impassable barrier for intruders and would-be escapees alike. Of course, additional security measures (such as CCTV and alarm systems) are also essential components.

2. School Safeguarding

Whereas prisoners need to be contained inside prisons to protect the public, children need to be contained inside schools (or other similar institutions) for their own safety. Young children have a propensity to wander off and can sometimes get lost or walk into dangerous situations. That’s why schools and nurseries need to have perimeter fencing that can stop children inadvertently wandering off school grounds. Of course, school fencing should still primarily be focused on keeping out intruders, but if you’re in charge of a school’s security, it’s worth bearing in mind that it also needs to keep pupils safely on-site. Not all types of security fencing are suitable for schools and other child-focused sites, and our previously mentioned high-security options would be too imposing. Luckily, children aren’t masterful escape artists! Lighter, friendlier fencing options (such as our Duo 6 or Gemini options) should keep them from leaving their school grounds.

3. Secure hospitals

Some caregiving institutions such as psychiatric and high-security hospitals need to ensure the patients are not a threat to themselves or members of the public. Deploying security fencing is one way to stop patients from leaving until they are well enough to be discharged. The psychiatric institutions that house the nation’s most dangerous patients should consider Hisec Prison fencing. Institutions that house lower-risk individuals may wish to deploy a less imposing, mid-weight fencing option, such as Duo or Dualguard.

Here at Zaun, we offer a wide variety of security fencing solutions, including options designed to keep site users in and blocking intruders. Please browse our range or contact us for more information today.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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