Mapping the threat landscape for 2017


After a turbulent 2016, many businesses and organisations wonder what security challenges they’ll face in the coming year. If you represent such a business or organisation here at Zaun, we can help. We’re experts at meeting a wide variety of physical security challenges because we understand security itself so well. In today’s blog, we’ll try to peer forward and examine the threat landscape for 2017. Of course, we can’t predict the future with 100% accuracy, but we can look at existing political, economic and national trends and extrapolate the types of security challenges they might pose.

1. Politics

Around the world, the political landscape has become increasingly polarised. Here in Britain, the decision to leave the EU split the nation in two. The result of the referendum has widely been interpreted as a swing towards a more right-wing national position. Moreover, the closeness of the vote and the lack of unanimity in the outcome have created tensions between the right and left wings of the nation’s political spectrum. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, the war in Syria has created two distinct and seemingly irreconcilable groups: those who supported the regime and rebelled against it. What’s more, the pressures of the conflict forced many disaffected refugees and migrants out of the country.

In America, the election of Donald Trump has dramatically polarised the conservative and liberal branches of the nation. We could go on listing examples of this phenomenon all day. But what does it mean for you? Sadly, polarisation often leads to politically motivated violence. If your business or organisation has any known political affiliations or sympathies, it is more likely to be targeted for attack in 2017 than in previous years. We would therefore recommend that you fortify your premises and site with security fencing and other measures. Historically, Britain is less prone to politically motivated criminality than other countries, but there’s no reason to take any unnecessary risks.

2. Economics

The political crises alluded to in point one have also created economic uncertainty in many countries, including Britain. Economic anxiety and perceived financial desperation can lead to criminality. People who already feel financially unprotected are more likely to resort to crime in times of heightened economic uncertainty. If you keep anything of value on your site or in your premises when unattended, you may need additional security measures for 2017. You may wish to augment your perimeter fencing with fence toppings and CCTV, for example.

By looking at the current global political and economic situation, we can say that 2017’s threat landscape will include both politically motivated violence (from all parts of the political spectrum) and traditional criminality from some individuals suffering from financial desperation and uncertainty. However, there’s no need to panic. Fortifying your site’s security with our products will help you cope impeccably with the threats of the coming year.

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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