White House ups security after security breach


White House Security BreachThe US Secret Service has announced it is stepping up security efforts at the White House after a series of high-profile security breaches.

Although encircled by perimeter fencing, the recent breaches in security have prompted the Secret Service to up its game by adding large, ‘anti-climb,’ metal spikes to the top of the fence as a temporary measure. The announcement came via Twitter when the federal law enforcement agency tweeted, “White House fence anti-climb install began today. Temporary security enhancement until long term solution implemented.”

The changes come after an intrusion last September when a man – later found to be an Iraq war veteran – scaled the fence wielding a knife. The intruder made it across the North Lawn and even into the building itself before being tackled to the ground by a security officer.

This was just one in a string of breaches for the agency responsible for President Barack Obama’s protection, which ultimately led to the resignation of the agency’s director.

Pictures released to the public show a close up of the added security measure. Described as ‘pencil point spikes’, they will be bolted to the top of the perimeter fence and placed pointing outward at a five-degree angle, with the work expected to take around six weeks to complete.

They have been described as a temporary measure while the service designs a new high-security fence for the premises. The final design for a permanent added security feature will be submitted to the US Commission of Fine Arts and National Planning Commission in the autumn.

The Secret Service is also discussing plans to add vehicle checkpoints to the fence and replace the current concrete barriers with steel plate barriers that can be raised and lowered as needed.

Security fencing at the White House has been around in one form or another since Thomas Jefferson was in residence. According to the White House Historical Association, Jefferson ordered the first post and rail fence in around 1801, and there has been perimeter fencing in place ever since.

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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