Zaun toppings combat prison riots

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A British fencing manufacturer located a stone’s throw from the scene of a ‘full-scale prison riot’ earlier this year has introduced a range of high-security fence, wall and roof toppings to provide enhanced intruder protection for secure establishments and buildings.

A prison officer at England’s largest prison, HMP Oakwood, near Wolverhampton, told BBC Radio 4’s The Report programme there had been a ‘full-scale prison riot’ after G4S, which runs the prison, described the incident as an incident of “concerted indiscipline” by 15 to 20 prisoners.

The officer, who went inside to tackle the violence, told the BBC many more inmates had been involved, and they took over an entire wing of the jail. Some had booby-trapped doorways and were shouting threats from behind a barricade, he said.

Perimeter protection systems manufacturer Zaun, whose headquarters is just three miles nearer Wolverhampton, has introduced a series of toppings to prevent inmates – or intruders or patients – scaling fences or gaining access to rooftops secure institutions.

The Mesh Anti-Climb Topping (MACT) system is see-through and installed in sections, providing clear line-of-sight for CCTV systems and, more prosaically, so blockages, for instance, from wind-blown leaf build-up, can be seen and easily cleared.

MACT can be installed in conjunction with CCTV, PIDs and infra-red alarms and, as standard, includes a wired alarm to alert any attempt to scale the system. It uses the barrel concept, but instead of sheet metal, the tube section is made of anti-climb mesh.

The Flexible Steel Topping (FST) system is fully tested for use in UK high-security prisons. At the heart of FST is a steel mesh arch, curved back over the top of a steel fence, fixed to a flexible steel bracket designed to move when people try to climb it.

Barbed tape is the most common form of protective topping, in either straight wire or spiral concertina, providing a highly visual deterrent and resistance to intrusion.

Zaun also offers electric fence toppings for some of the country’s key infrastructure sites, creating a powerful physical and psychological addiction to secure fencing systems.


About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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