Considering Security Fencing? What you Need to Know

If you’re the owner of a small business, you’ll know that protecting your premises and your stock is one of the most important parts of keeping your company on track.

In cases where an office or warehouse is vulnerable to burglars or vandals, one of best options for protecting your business and your property is to install a sturdy security fence.

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So what do you need to know before installing a fence and can it really keep your business safe?

Do you need planning permission to install security fencing?

In general, everyone needs to acquire planning permission for any structures that are over 2m tall.

When installing a fence, you’ll need to get planning permission if you plan to build it around a planned front garden, on or besides the border of a listed building or if the fence will be more than 1m tall and bordering or adjoining a public highway.

However, as it’s a good idea to stay on the right side of planners, always contact you’re council if in doubt.

Are metal or timber fences best?

Though there are lots of different options included in these categories, broadly speaking almost all security fencing is made from either metal or wood.

Which material you choose depends on exactly what you want from your fence with metal fences often offering more in the way of security and timber fences more in the way of aesthetics.

For businesses that need to protect their stock and their property, security is normally the most important requirement so metal security fences are probably your best option.

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Can you add extras for improved security?

If your premises is especially vulnerable, adding a few extra features may provide the added security you need to keep your business safe.

Things like anti-climb paint, spikes, barbed wire, broken glass and razor wire can all help to deter would be burglars from attempting to enter your property.

Another thing that can make a big difference to the effectiveness of your fence is empty space. By removing any trees, cars or other objects from the proximity of the fence, you can make it harder for criminals to get over it and into your property.

Not only does security fencing work as a deterrent, it will also give you peace of mind, so when you’re not in the office or at the warehouse, you can be confident that you business is safe and sound.