In high security establishments, the first step in designing a perimeter barrier is to define the target being protected as well as the potential adversary, so systematic measures can be put in place to deny the adversary his objective.
“To keep a perpetrator from completing his sequence of tasks to get to his target, you have to look at a fence as part of a series of perimeters.” “It is very important to have everything working together – detection, assessment and barriers that will allow enough time to prevent him from reaching his objective.”
“The objective is going to be different in every case.” “You can’t use one key and call it a solution – they all have to work together, and people will play a role at every level of security.”
“Fencing is just one or more of those keys – not the whole solution.” “as security is best achieved through a series of perimeters with higher and higher levels of scrutiny at each one.”
Perimeter security requires the effective integration of gates, gate operators, heavy-duty fence materials, razor tape and barbed wire during the design process. Design considerations include line of sight, materials, gate and gate operators and level of security.
When designing perimeter security, you have to ask what level of security is needed and that is dictated by how sensitive or valuable the assets are that are being protected. And by level of security, what we really mean is how long it takes someone to get through the perimeter.
Gates are the largest areas for potential security breaches, and you can cut down manpower requirements through automation. This requires the design of appropriate gates, gate operators and access control systems using the right fence materials that may include anti-climbing, anti-cutting and/or terrorism resistance features.