Installing security gate may need consultation and education


There is often a clear need for security gates to protect the property or prevent unauthorised use when it comes to access. However, in this example from Dorset (Daily Mail), a security gate that has been erected to protect a ferry jetty has caused local discord.

The ferry runs a few hundred meters from the picture-perfect beach huts of Mudeford over to Christchurch. It is popular with tourists as a day trip and locals as an easy way to get provisions over, with highly restricted vehicular access. The council claims that the jetty is frequently misused by other unauthorised boats, with risky scenarios involving children being passed over railings in unsafe ways and fuel cans dumped on the jetty. (Bournemouth Echo).

Security with a balanced view

While there is a clear need for the galvanised metal and wire gate, when it comes to installing such a security measure, particularly in an area of beauty or a tourist hot spot, the agency, company, or individual responsible should consider the consequences of their actions. They should plan with education, information, and clear reasons for any gate installed. If it affects a local group, then a leafleting campaign explaining the move could also be considered.

Looking at this example, the gate was installed with no signage and little warning. Suppose you install any gate, some clear notice explaining why there will go some way to assuage most visitors’ angst. Highlighting the legal need to protect property and people from their own actions helps build a strong case for any installation. In design terms, the council may also have considered something slightly less stark, given the wide range of options and shapes of security gates and fencing available on the market.

So, while your property, event, business or facility may need protection with security fencing, gates and other installations, consider the impact on the users and the local area before erecting them. Zaun has a range of permanent and temporary solutions to protect everything from construction sites to data centres and sports events to playgrounds, Whatever your security needs.

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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