Security fencing is essential in many areas and for many different types of places, from residential to commercial. It not only keeps unwanted intruders or vandals out; it protects the public from harm in many cases, should they accidentally wander into a construction zone or some other hostile environment where they may suffer injury.
To do its job properly, there are 8 elements of security fencing that must be in place. These are:-
- If a security fence is not high enough, people will be able to climb over it. That is why most such fences are 6-8 feet high.
- Body of the fence. The body of the fence must be designed so that there are no horizontal bars that could offer a toehold to a climber. That said, there must be a strong bottom horizontal to hold the verticals in place, but since it is right at the bottom, any toehold would be too low to provide a way up. The top horizontal must also be in place to hold the verticals and make a strong fence, but again, no one can get their toes up that high or balance on such a piece, so the fence is still considered secure.
- Design of the top. Many security fences have a rolled top – one that curves outwards to help prevent climbers from getting over. If this portion of the fence is also barbed, then it works extra well.
- Without a strong foundation the fence could be displaced or dug under. Most security fences that are permanent have concrete foundations, some for each post and some for the whole length of the fence, depending on where it is and the kind of protection needed.