Your security fence is supposed to secure your home against burglars and to keep your children and pets from wandering away. There are different types of fences, but chain mesh, palisade, and weld mesh are the most common options for homeowners. You also have a range of colours to choose from to match your aesthetic palette and any local codes in your area. This article highlights points for every homeowner to note before and during installation of a security perimeter fence.
1. More visibility is better
The thing about security fencing is that you will have to sacrifice some of your privacy for the chance to see an intruder before they come too close. Therefore, having bushes alongside the fence, overhanging tree branches and other structures near the fence can provide footholds for an intruder to get into your property despite the presence of a fence. Even if they don't come in, they can be well-concealed from sight to carry out surveillance and plan possible attack points, something they won't do with a see-through fence.
If you're doing palisade-style wooden fencing, some spaces between boards rather than overlapping boards can provide better security. Ensure that any wooden posts or boards are properly treated to protect them from rot; otherwise, use rot-resistant woods like eucalyptus or cedar.
2. Don't place electric fences near barbed wire
If you're adding an electric component to your security fencing, you don't need to have barbed wire. Electric fences are installed as incomplete circuits, which are completed when someone touches the wire, and this gives them a shock. This shock will cause them to flinch reflexively, and if you have barbed wire, they may get stuck in the barbs and be repeatedly shocked.
This may result in life-threatening burns or tears as they flinch from the strength of the electrocution. Since an electric fence is supposed to be a deterrent more than a lethal weapon, installing barbs isn't necessary if you have an electric fence.
3. Protect your entire home
Your fence should only be one part of an integrated home protection plan. You should invest in good outdoor lighting, CCTV cameras, motion-detection alarms and a strong, solid and secure gate. The gate should be as tall as your fence, with strong locks and extras like intercom systems or keyless entry. A good perimeter fence will be useless if you have left one vulnerable point through which burglars can access your home.