Overt versus covert security


Are you in the process of setting up a new security system or perimeter for your premises? If so, you should ask yourself whether your security measures need to be highly visible or carefully concealed.

Of course, robust physical preventative measures such as perimeter fencing, security gates, and fence toppings can’t be hidden. Still, alarms, CCTV cameras, and other smaller security measures can be positioned to not be visible to casual observers. There are undeniable benefits to both and here we’ll compare these covert and overt approaches to security so that you can choose which is right for you.

1. Overt security systems

Choosing prominent-looking CCTV cameras and alarms then positioning them in obvious locations is a great way to deter intruders. So put, making your security system completely overt shows criminals and miscreants that your premises is well-defended. In addition, this will make most of them reconsider attempting to enter your property illegally.

You might be concerned that overt security measures may make your premises look excessively fortified, which (as we’ve discussed before) can deter customers. However, you can balance displaying your security measures and ensuring that they don’t look overly imposing to customers. That said, overt security systems do have one disadvantage. If every aspect of a security system is on display, professional criminals can map it and think of ways to beat it. As a result, it is hard to catch intruders out using an overt system.

2. Covert security systems

Discreet and hidden security measures can’t intimidate prospective intruders and cause them to give up for the simple reason that they are not visible. However, they are much better at catching intruders who do attempt to break in than overt systems. After all, a criminal is far more likely to trip an alarm or be caught on camera if they can’t see your alarms or cameras.

In summary, you should opt for a more overt security system if you mainly need to deter petty criminals. However, if you suspect your business is being targeted while you are not there or will be targeted soon and wish to catch the perpetrator in the act, you should choose a more covert system.

Whatever type of security system you favour, Zaun can provide you with overt protection or covert security fencing, alarms, CCTV cameras, fence toppings and every other measure you might need.

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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