A Few Tips for Choosing Security Fencing and for Making Your Property Safer Overall

Posted on: 11 July 2017

Security fencing can be the best choice for adding safety to any commercial or residential property. A secure fence can mean keeping out intruders and thieves; at home, they can also mean keeping in your pets and children when they're unsupervised. You can also add a few extra touches around your fence to enhance that security and safety, so note a few tips for choosing security fencing and for making your property safer overall.


Having smaller mesh for your security fence can mean less of a toehold for someone who wants to climb the fence. This can also give them less room to slide a pair of bolt cutters through the mesh and cut it, to create an opening in the fence. Around the gate, this smaller mesh also means less room to slide in tools intruders would use to cut the lock or force open hinges.

However, smaller mesh often means thinner metal that makes up that mesh, which can be easier to bend and twist out of place. Be sure you get coated metal or a thick gauge that is difficult to cut or fabricate when you choose small mesh for your security fence.

Gate lock and panel

A lock on your security fence gate is good, but consider if the lock is secured by a thick and wide panel. This large panel makes it impossible for someone to slide a lock-picking device through the mesh of the fence. A thicker panel also adds to the weight and thickness of the gate lock so that it's more difficult to simply kick in the gate or pry the lock open. The more security you need from your security fence and gate, the larger that panel should be.

Add security to the fence

Even with the best fence installed around your property, you may want to take some added steps to enhance that security. Simple suggestions, such as planting prickly shrubs around the fence or putting down a layer of noisy gravel to alert you of footsteps, are actually very effective. You can also add pointed finials or barbs to the top of the fence posts, which will discourage anyone from climbing the fence. Motion detectors can also be planted underneath the ground in the front of the fence so that spotlights or cameras are engaged when someone approaches the fence. Your fencing contractor can note which of these would work for your property to ensure it's as safe and secure as possible.