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Home Security: Choosing the Right Fence

The safety and security features your property offers to your loved ones, or your business, are extremely important. As we’re all very aware, there are plenty of criminally minded people out there who are not only capable of exploiting others for their own gain, but are highly motivated to do so. And in addition to those individuals, there are also people who simply are driven to cause harm and destruction for other reasons.  It’s no wonder that the first thing so many property and home owners do is call Fence Companies.  But how do you choose the right fence?

There are three main factors to consider when choosing a fence that is primarily designed to increase the security of your property:

  • Doesn’t impede visibility
  • Is difficult to scale
  • Can’t be bypassed easily

Doesn’t Impede Visibility

This is one mistake that is common to homeowners—they think that a privacy fence and a security fence are synonymous. However, this simply isn’t true.  While privacy fences have their own appeal, they are not ideal for a fence that has been chosen for actual security in mind.

Why?

Because of the first factor that makes for a good security fence: It doesn’t impede visibility. Privacy fences are notorious for providing hiding places for trespassers. Because they are tall and solid, they hide both the approach and exit of burglars and other criminals easily. Also, in the dark, it can be difficult to see a person crouched beside a privacy fence. With a fence that can be easily seen through, however, the silhouette of person is often obvious due to backlighting.

Privacy fences are great at their intended purpose: privacy.  But remember, if they can’t see you… you can’t see them. You’re better off with a fence that doesn’t impede YOUR visibility if your main concern is security.

Is Difficult to Scale

A fence’s primary function is to separate two areas—and those two areas really aren’t effectively separated if the fence can be quickly and easily climbed, are they? It’s imperative that your security fence be hard to climb. Otherwise, it may as well be decorative. And while decorative fences certainly have their place, preventing intruders isn’t it.

Here are some things to look for in a fence that’s hard to climb:

  • Height

The taller the better. Security experts often recommend a minimum of eight feet if you are serious about keeping your property secure. Of course, before you commit to an eight foot fence, check with both your city’s policies and your homeowner’s association (HOA) to make sure you’re not violating a maximum height requirement.

  • Few Footholds

The more horizontal rails your fence has, the easier it is to climb.  After all, if there are enough of them, you’ve effectively surrounded your property with a ladder to let trespassers in! And that’s the absolute opposite of secure! So, look for fences that have few hand and footholds and are mostly composed of vertical posts and rails.

  • Spiked/pointed on top

Spear-topped rails, razor wire, and anti-climb spikes are all great deterrents to have on your security fence. Even if an intruder climbs it, the risk of getting hurt, leaving evidence, or even the plain impossibility of crossing the top of the fence can drive them off.

Can’t Be Bypassed Easily

Climbing isn’t the only way that intruders outwit fences.  Cutting through the fence, going around or under a fence, and of course, getting through the gates, are all ways in which a fence’s security can be compromised. If you’re going to be depending on a fence as part of your security system, it’s important to choose one that makes bypassing it in these ways difficult. Below are some tips to make sure your fence is more than just a visible barrier. You can also find some more at https://www.angieslist.com/articles/4-tips-choosing-best-fence-your-yard.htm

  • It should withstand bolt cutters

Most types of chainlink are notorious for being easily cut through with bolt cutters. If all a thief needs to bypass your fence is a single, common tool that fits in his pocket, your fence isn’t secure enough.

  • It should have a secure foundation

Make sure that your posts are secured in concrete. Ideally, your fence should be secured along its length with concrete footings, but this can be impractical in certain situations.

  • Ensure your gates are secure

Like many things, a fence is only as strong as its weakest point, and intruders often target gates. Make sure they’re easy to effectively lock.

 

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