Unsurprisingly, prisons require a high level of security, and any security measures must be designed and installed carefully. While it’s obviously necessary to have effective perimeter fencing in place, various other security features should be used on-site.
As well as using high-security perimeter fencing, officials should also consider the use of fence toppings. These can stop people from escaping the prison grounds with various options available, but they can also prevent unauthorised site access.
Whilst it may seem unlikely for people to break into a prison, it’s not uncommon for unauthorised personnel to try and gain access to the grounds. In addition to this, unauthorised or contraband items are sometimes thrown over perimeter fencing so that inmates have access to items such as mobile phones, electronics or potentially dangerous weapons.
By using fence toppings, such as concertina razor wire, cranked toppings or an FST system, officials can prevent unauthorised entries and exits and reduce the number of unauthorised products that are transported into the prison grounds.
Protecting visitors and staff
In addition to ensuring the prisoner’s welfare, officials must also take the safety of workers and visitors into account. With family and friends able to visit prisoners regularly and maintenance workers often attending to issues around the site, there are normally a significant number of visitors on-site at any one time.
It’s essential, therefore, that security measures are used to protect them from potential violence or any unwanted issues. Perhaps one of the most important security issues is how site visitors gain entry to the prison. Whilst efficiency is important; it’s also vital that the visitor’s entry and exit procedure cannot be abused by inmates.
High-level security gates can be used to manage both vehicle and visitor access to the site, for example. Approved for use by the Ministry of Justice, HiSec Prison fencing can be used alongside various locking systems and is available in single and double leaf options.