Secure for the future?



Mike Cooke, Managing Director, Binns Fencing Limited, Potters Bar, Herts, UK


Most would agree that there has never been a time when security has been a cause for greater concern. Today’s fencing systems are designed to offer a combination of demarcation, deterrence, delay, detection and discretion.

Diverse threats from outside and, increasingly from within, are giving those responsible for protection more and more to contend with. The days when a fence did little more than mark the boundary are, in every sense, history.

A recent research report identified that the security concerns of many would be allayed considerably if fit-for-purpose fencing were erected. However, if concern is to be translated into use of the most appropriate and cost-effective perimeter systems, what should be considered, given differing needs and budgets available?

Choosing the right fence

Betafence, Europe’s largest fencing manufacturer, commissioned independent research into safety and security. The research identified that fencing invariably comes low on the priority list for facilities’ maintenance. It invariably means three things – that the wrong fencing system is used for a large proportion of projects, that its purchase is often determined by lowest tendered price, and that if so it usually results in far higher costs of maintenance.

The findings, supported by life cycle cos ting studies concluded that, over design life, maintenance costs are typically five times those of initial purchase, where lowest tendered price was used. However, while ‘whole life’ costing may be the ideal, how can specifiers and clients convince themselves that they can find, specify or install a system that will provide best value?

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