Securing restricted areas while keeping your site accessible


Securing restricted areas, an entire site or premises often requires great care and meticulous planning. After all, it’s important not to leave any gaps or weaknesses in the perimeter. Ironically, however, it can sometimes be trickier to secure a smaller restricted area on a site that is otherwise meant to be highly accessible.

If you need to secure a restricted area on your business or organisation’s site, you must overcome two unique challenges. Firstly, you need to secure the restricted area without impeding access to the rest of your site or premises. Secondly, you need to make sure your security measures are discreet to avoid drawing too much attention to the area from less trustworthy visitors and employees.

In today’s blog, we’ll give you some easy to follow tips for securing a restricted area on your site and overcoming these challenges.

1. Choose railings

Security fencing is fantastic for protecting entire sites or premises. However, when protecting a specific area on a site, you should opt for something a little less imposing. This will help keep the restricted area discreet without drastically reducing its level of security. We suggest using railings. Railings often blend in better than security fences in environments that aren’t heavily secured. However, they still block off access to specific areas very effectively.

2. Utilise pedestrian gates or turnstiles

If possible, you should consider making your restricted area accessible only through pedestrian gates or turnstiles. Vehicular gates naturally require more room (which means that they can obstruct access to other parts of your site) and are less discreet. In contrast, secure pedestrian entrances are both space-efficient and unobtrusive.

3. Provide clear routes around the restricted area

The easiest way to make sure your site feels accessible and that your restricted area goes unnoticed is to provide clear routes through your site. Simply signposting the way around the restricted area or creating a clearly delineated path will usually keep visitors away from areas they’re not meant to enter.

By following these simple tips, you can secure a restricted area on your site without drawing attention to it or interfering with the way visitors access the rest of the site. At Zaun, we also have a range of other discreet security measures, like CCTV cameras and small alarm systems, that you can use, so check out our products or get in touch with us 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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