Worn keypad gives migrants access to Britain from Calais

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A group of 30 migrants walked through the UK’s advanced border by simply guessing the code on a keypad security gate near Calais. Worn keys on the keypad gave away the numbers that formed the code, and the men guessed the sequence to get into Britain and beat what should have been some of the most advanced security fencings in the country.

A newspaper investigation revealed that the migrants walked a mile through the Coquelles Channel Tunnel, and when confronted with the security gate, they guessed it right.

This is a major concern for the UK government, which faces a great deal of criticism for the sheer volume of illegal immigration that is happening, with migrants in Calais determined to make the trip to Britain. Recent newspaper stories have shown migrants climbing aboard lorries or hanging off the chassis as they enter the country.

Working with the French border patrols in Calais, the UK government has invested more than £2 million in detection technology, £1 million in dog teams and an additional £12 million to bolster security on the country’s most vulnerable border.

Questions will be asked, though, when a team of presumably unskilled migrants were able to bypass these security measures with such consummate ease.

David Cameron has pledged to take a personal interest in the security measures at Dover, including beefing up security in the tunnel itself as migrants have been known to walk across from France and face arduous conditions and potentially fatal risks.

The fencing in and around Dover will also come under scrutiny as the border authorities look to secure the port and prevent more migrants from simply slipping through undetected.

If you are looking for high-quality security fencing for your border control, look no further than Zaun.

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.  It manufactures to ISO 9001 standards. 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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