The psychological power of security fencing


There’s no denying that dealing with terrorism and extremism is the defining issue of our age. The recent tragic attack on Paris has shocked the world and created a widespread climate of fear. In times like these, it would be all too easy to submit to paranoia and hostility. However, we at Zaun believe in focusing on practical security solutions and not giving in to fear of extremism. The use of security fencing, such as the kind we provide, is a small but essential part of keeping people physically safe in these difficult times. Still, it can also have immense psychological benefits. Simply put, it can help combat fear.

Security fencing in places such as schools and airports allows ordinary people to go about their business knowing that they are safe from imminent attack. Fear can be a psychologically destructive and demoralising force – that’s why terrorists use it. However, proper security measures (including security fencing) can help alleviate fear and reassure people that they are still as safe as possible.

Following horrific events like those in Paris, communities can sometimes become suspicious of one another as everyone worries about where the next threat will come from. Security fencing and other simple but effective security measures can help people feel safe enough to start trusting one another. In other words, it’s sometimes necessary to put up a few physical barricades to prevent mental barricades from forming between communities and people with different viewpoints. Unfortunately, security fencing and barriers are sometimes allowed to become symbols of fear, but we at Zaun believe they can and should be used to protect people from fear. If you forgive us for waxing philosophical, we believe that security fencing should be a symbolic shield that protects everyone, not a barrier that divides people.

We live through a difficult period of history; all over the globe, some hope while some despair. We may only make security fencing, but we want to be on the side of hope. The current problems of terrorism and extremism can and will be resolved eventually. But, until then, our security solutions can help keep you safe and, just as importantly, help you feel safe.

Looking for psychological fencing that provides a security barrier? Contact Zaun today!

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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