Palisade fencing is popular at many outdoor sites as an initial perimeter security barrier. Install a premium electric fence technology onto it, however, and the resulting palisade electric fencing is transformed into a premium intruder deterrent and detection solution. Here is an example of where Electro-Fence™ has been installed to fulfil this objective …
Palisade Electric Fencing
Break-ins at storage depots are becoming increasingly common and the value of goods stolen or vandalised at this type of site increases year on year. It doesn’t matter what the commodity is; large or small, from trucks to lager barrels, it seems all goods at such premises need good security.
Photograph: Electro-Fence™ installed onto a palisade fence at the storage depot of a major UK manufacturer.
The History Of Palisade Fencing
If you are tempted to think that palisade fencing is a modern day invention, think again. A palisade, by definition, is defensive enclosure made from stakes. For many centuries these stakes were wooden and often actual tree trunks were used. From the Ancient Greeks to the Romans, the Normans of the 11th century and the early 17th century English settlers in North America, they all used palisade fencing as a means of defence:
In Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire a palisade was commonly used to protect military camps. It proved very effective which is perhaps why this particular use is still popular in the 21st century. Read our special feature which details the electric fence installation at a UK military base with steel palisade fencing.
In medieval England, William the Conqueror (King William I) built many motte and bailey castles which had a protective wooden palisade on the perimeter. His sons William II and Henry I improved the castles with stone keeps and stone walls. The medieval castle at Gisors (left) is a good example. You can see where the original palisade existed.
In North America between 800AD and 1600 AD the native American civilization known as the Mississippian culture built many settlements and ‘satellite’ villages with their own trading network. The residential areas and ceremonial platform mounds contained within these settlements often had a wooden palisade as perimeter protection. The Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site is one example. The size of the area originally contained within the palisade has been estimated at no less than 141 acres.
In the early 1600s the English built new North American settlements which were fortified towns surrounded by a palisade. Examples include Jamestown, Virginia. You can read more about the archaeological work done on the original palisade fence of Jamestown.
So if you have an outdoor site with palisade fencing (or are considering installing one), contact us for a no-obligation discussion about how Electro-Fence™ can augment your level of perimeter security.