Fencing for defence in depth


Here at Zaun, we’re rightly proud of our security fencing. It has applications that range from industrial site fencing to playgrounds. We believe that high-quality security fencing should be part of your defence-in-depth strategy for the assets and resources you value.

What is “defence in depth”?

Defence in depth is a key principle in the design of physical security around assets. Let’s imagine that on your site, you have something valuable (most sites do, especially when you start to consider the importance of confidential information). Effectively we’re talking about layering your defences (like an onion) to provide barriers to even the most determined of assailants. The valuable item sits inside a safe, inside a locked room, inside an alarmed building, behind lights and security cameras, enclosed by a high-security fence that’s patrolled by guards. This layering means that it’s almost impossible for an individual thief to have the right tools and skills to get to your item and get away again. The interloper would need to watch the location for days to plan a way past the guards and cameras, then they’d need industrial ladders or a jet pack to get past the fencing, and skills and equipment for lock picking, alarm deactivation and safe cracking. Even James Bond would struggle!

So a trespasser can get past security fences?

Did you spot that? Zaun admits that there are ways past even the best designed and installed security fencing. Firefighters have used their equipment to get over our fencing, and that’s not a bad thing. We recommend our fencing as part of your security plan because industrial cutting equipment, fire engines and tanks all make a lot of noise and are easily visible. A trespasser who successfully gains access past a high-security fence will have done enough that other parts of your security system will know they’re there and spring into action with an appropriate response. A high-security fence will deter and deny access to the casual trespasser and massively boost your chances of detecting and responding to the professional who means you harm.

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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