15th May 2018
Installing temporary perimeter fencing can be a powerful tool if you need to secure an area for a relatively short period of time. It can be used to protect events or construction sites. If you’re waiting for a new fencing solution to be installed, it can also be used as a placeholder in order to keep your site or premises secure until your permanent fencing is set up.
However, regardless of what you need temporary fencing for, it’s important to understand how to deploy and utilise it properly. Like permanent fencing, temporary fencing is only effective if it is set up properly and used in conjunction with other security precautions. In today’s blog, we’ll give you some hints that will help you get the most out of your temporary fencing.
Maintaining a perimeter with no gaps is vitally important. If there’s a gap in your fencing, opportunistic intruders are likely to take advantage of it. Temporary fencing is usually used to create a perimeter as quickly as possible. Because it is deployed so rapidly, it’s easy to accidentally leave a gap between panels. Once you’ve set up your temporary fencing perimeter, we recommend that you check to make sure there aren’t any spaces between the panels that an intruder could squeeze through. We also recommend checking for new gaps in the perimeter at least once a day. While temporary fencing is generally very sturdy, it’s slightly more likely to succumb to environmental stresses than permanent fencing. These stresses can sometimes create gaps that need to be dealt with immediately.
It’s obviously not practical to install alarms and cameras on temporary fencing. After all, when the fencing is removed, the attached cameras and alarms would have to be removed as well, which could cost a lot of time, manpower and money. That’s why we suggest installing alarm and CCTV systems on your site premises itself. They can be used instead of fence-mounted cameras and alarms if you don’t have a permanent fencing solution. If you upgrade to a permanent solution later, they will act as an extra layer of security. Just remember to position them so that they can protect your site or premises’ entry-points.
It’s important to make sure that your security personnel are aware that they’re working with temporary fencing. Unlike permanent fencing, which is attached firmly to the ground, temporary fencing is designed to be repositioned, so advise your security staff to watch for intruders who may be trying to move panels. Also, make them aware that they’ll need to patrol the perimeter slightly more regularly to deter would-be criminals. Some criminals might see temporary fencing as less challenging than permanent fencing, so your security personnel need to demonstrate that your site or premises is well-defended.
Here at Zaun, we believe that temporary fencing can be very effective. Just remember to deploy it correctly and utilise it properly. If you’d like more information about the different types of temporary fencing that we offer, get in touch with us today.