For the site owner/operator the most important aspect of perimeter security to consider is the quality of the perimeter fence, its fabrication and installation. If the fence is poor quality or the installation is not done properly, the integrity of the perimeter’s security as a whole could be compromised and put at unnecessary risk. Security technology such as electric fence energisers, cable detection systems, microwave sensors and CCTV might also be installed as part of a holistic security solution but the basic fence itself will always be the first line of defence.
Many sites are aware of this and initially invest in a good quality perimeter fence. However, we know of many examples over the years where sites have subsequently overlooked the need to re-assess the condition of their fencing as time goes by. Any resulting fence breaches, even if the other security technology kicks in and does its job, can cause downtime and put goods and personnel at risk.
It is easy to avoid such a scenario. Here are some guidelines:
First of all, if you have an existing perimeter fence, ensure you carry out regular checks on its condition. If you find that the fence is in good condition that’s great – but don’t leave it at that. Be sure to check the whole of your site’s perimeter for anything that might cause the fence to deteriorate – eg. any overgrown plants, trees or even litter dropped by passers-by.
If your fence does have any condition issues, don’t delay in taking appropriate action. You need to assess the next best step. It might be a single, simple repair or it could involve more of an upgrade. Indeed, you might need to consider installing a brand new and more robust fence.
Once you have made your initial assessment, call in a qualified professional and ask for their opinion. Here at Advanced Perimeter Systems Limited we have our own network of perimeter fence installers who will readily come to site to make an assessment. They will inspect your existing fence and also discuss your perimeter security needs as a whole. They will then make recommendations based on the much bigger and more relevant picture.
If your existing fence is fine and does not need replacing you may realise the need to enhance its security and opt to add electric fencing. This is a regular occurrence for our fence installers. Sometimes they are even asked to provide a fully integrated security system using a combination of our security products (cable detection, microwave sensors etc).
If your fence is in poor condition, however, you might choose to replace it with a new one, again with the addition of electric fence security. These photographs are from recent installations where our installers did just that. One involved palisade fencing and the other weldmesh.
Take at look at your perimeter fence today and if you have any doubts about its integrity just contact us. We may just have an installer in your area who can help with a no-obligation site visit.