When it comes to protecting your premises, you want to find the most effective security measure. There are many options when it comes to anti-climbing measures, such as fencing, spikes and even specifically designed paints.
However, deciding which will be the best and most effective in protecting your premises can be tricky. Here, we explain how these two popular security measures will prevent intruders from accessing your property and which is most effective.
What Is Anti-Climb Fencing?
Anti-climb fencing comes in many different forms, such as mesh and palisade fencing and is made from strong, durable materials like steel. It’s designed to prevent intruders from climbing over through the use of anti-climb spikes or mesh.
Can You Climb An Anti-Climb Fence?
Anti-climb security fencing is specifically designed to make it extremely difficult for intruders to climb. For example, mesh fencing is made with tiny holes which don’t allow you to gain a hand or foothold. Then there’s palisade fencing which is made with pointed panels and offers very few grip points for intruders to hold onto. The spiked tops also make it dangerous to intruders and add a visual deterrent to the anti-climbing fence.
Benefits Of Anti-Climb Security Fencing
As mentioned before, this security fencing is solid and designed to make climbing, vaulting and scaling difficult. Another benefit of this security measure is that it can surround the entire perimeter of your premises, which can help with access control.
Security fences are also long-lasting if maintained correctly. Lastly, while the main purpose of erecting security fencing is to deter intruders, most fencing designed today is also aesthetically pleasing, adding value to your premises.
Drawbacks of Anti-Climb Fencing
The only real drawback of this security fencing is the initial cost. However, if you weigh this up against the extended length of time it lasts, as well as the security features these fences possess, the price is well worth it.
What is Anti-Climb Paint?
Anti-climb paint is a particular, non-aggressive type of security measure. This paint has been specially designed to prevent intruders from climbing walls or lamp posts and entering your premises.
How Does Anti-Climb Paint Work?
You might be curious as to how paint could prevent intruders from accessing your property, but it’s quite simple. Anti-climbing paint has been designed and manufactured in such a way that it never dries. Generally, you only need to do a repaint every three years or so.
When painted onto a surface, this non-drying paint simply looks like a layer of glossy paint. However, the oily substances in the paint create a slick, slippery surface that makes it difficult for intruders to gain a foothold and climb onto your premises.
Benefits Of Anti-Climb Paint
There are a few benefits that come with using this form of security protection. First, it’s a more cost-effective option as it’s cheaper than fencing. Secondly, you can apply the paint yourself. And lastly, this is a visually appealing security option to many, as you will not require any physical security deterrent.
Drawbacks Of Anti-Climb Paint
If you choose to use anti-climb paint, there are some legal restrictions you should be aware of. One such restriction is that, as the owner of the premises, you have a duty to care towards individuals on your property – even if they’re an intruder. Due to this, you will need to erect warning signs that indicate that anti-vandal paint has been used.
Lastly, you should be very careful about which surfaces you apply the paint to. On a worksite, for example, you should avoid applying it to surfaces that workers or even visitors come into contact with regularly.
Which Is More Effective: Anti-Climb Fence Or Anti-Climb Paint?
When you weigh the pros and cons of these two types of fencing, it would appear that anti-climb security fencing is the true winner. While it may cost slightly more, it will certainly help safeguard your premises and last for many years.
Note: If you want to know how this security solution fares in the harshest environments, read our blog post on anti-climbing fences in correctional facilities.