When it comes to an electric fence for security, most clients do not know what they need. At least that is the case initially. They just know that they want an electric fence on their perimeter! This is where our 30 years of experience as a perimeter security manufacturer comes into play. We recognise the need to explain the different electric fence types. Also, by asking key questions, we can assess their site’s needs accurately. We can then recommend the best solution.
Our international reputation as the manufacturer of British Government approved Electro-Fence™ means that we receive enquiries from all over the world. To date we have supplied our systems to at least 32 countries. Therefore, we have come across almost every type of scenario that might need electric security fencing.
Different Types Of Electric Fence For Security
During the course of countless electric fence installations over the years, our installers have taken some interesting photographs. Of course, they never risk compromising the confidentiality of the client or the site for which this type of perimeter security has been installed. The purpose of the photographs is purely to demonstrate notable points of interest or challenges that they had to consider. These might include the site’s size and terrain and local climatic conditions, existing perimeter fencing (if any) and perceived local security threats. Remote control options can also come into this category.
With increasing reports of theft and vandalism, it is important to understand the different types of electric fence installation available. So here is a pictorial guide taken from our photographic archives.
Many sites that require an electric fence installation have palisade fencing. This can be existing or new fencing supplied by a member of our electric fence installers network. See photo right.
Some sites have chain link or weldmesh fencing on part or the whole of their perimeter. We often find sites with a mixture of all three types of fence and particularly palisade complimented by weldmesh.
Photo left: Electro-Fence™ installed on weldmesh fence in the UK.
A perimeter wall with no fencing is also common on some outdoor sites. However, these sites tend to be of a specific nature. Generally, residential compounds or sites with very large perimeters such as airports. In such cases, Electro-Fence™ can be installed on top of the wall.
Photo right: Electro-Fence™ as a wall-mounted installation at a residential complex in Nigeria.
Free-Standing Electric Fence
One of the less common scenarios is the need for a free-standing (stand alone) electric fence. Sites such as reservoirs and shipyards come into this category. Read more here on the challenging criteria that we have met with this type of installation.
Assessing Other Key Factors
Once we have defined the nature of a site’s existing perimeter protection, we then assess other factors. Typically, these might include:
- Changes of direction in the fence or wall and the angles involved.
- Curves and bends in the fence or wall.
- Gates within the perimeter that need electric fence protection.
Additional factors might be:
- A history of previous, attempted perimeter breaches or if the goods in storage are highly valuable. The installation of our anti-climb and anti-spread detection features can help.
- Additional, sensitive areas within the electric fence perimeter – eg. open spaces in prison compounds. Our Microguard microwave detection sensors are the solution.
- If the site is located where there are lots of people and vehicles. Greater privacy can be guaranteed if the installer fixes wooden boarding to the perimeter fencing.
Electric Fence – A Clearer Definition
If you look up the definition of ‘electric fence’ the average dictionary listing will give an incredibly simple explanation:
“a fence through which an electric current can be passed, giving an electric shock to any person or animal touching it”
(Oxford English dictionary)
“a fence with an electric current in it, typically used to keep cattle in a field”
Hopefully our guide to electric fence types for security will help to create a better understanding 🙂