Maximising the efficacy of fence toppings


If you read our blog regularly, you probably already know how useful fence toppings can be. They are a fantastic way to boost the security of your perimeter fencing by making it almost impossible to climb. However, even the best fence toppings only work when they are deployed correctly. Therefore, it’s important to take steps to maximise the efficacy of your fence toppings if you want them to repel intruders successfully. Here at Zaun, we’re experts on security fencing and fence toppings, so we’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you ensure that your fence toppings stop intruders efficiently.

1. Choose the right fence topping for the task

Different fence toppings deflect intruders in different ways. Some have overhangs or are shaped in ways that make them difficult to climb. Others feature sharp angles or spikes that mean intruders can’t climb them without causing themselves considerable pain. Sharp, spiky fence toppings are very effective at deterring petty criminals and other miscreants. However, better-organised intruders may have protective gear that can help them climb over sharp obstacles without injuring themselves. These individuals may have more difficulty with fence toppings that add an overhang or another hard-to-climb outcropping to your fence. Therefore, you should choose the type of fence topping best suited to the type of intruder you expect your business to encounter.

2. Ensure every panel is topped

You might think that you don’t need to add toppings to certain sections of your perimeter fence. If a section of fencing is out of the way or hard to reach, you may think that there’s no need for additional security measures. However, this isn’t the case. Criminals and other intruders will often probe your entire perimeter to find a weak point, even if doing so isn’t easy. Therefore, if you want your fence toppings to succeed, it’s vitally important that those toppings are added to every single panel of your perimeter fencing solution.

3. Ensure that toppings can’t be loosened

We strongly recommend using high-quality fixtures and fittings to attach your fence toppings and check that they are secure regularly. Criminals may attempt to remove loose or improperly secured fence toppings, so make sure you don’t give them the opportunity.

Fence toppings are a great way to boost your perimeter’s security, but it’s up to you to make sure they are as effective as possible. When you’re ready to start using fence toppings.

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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