Security is a huge concern for facility managers in today’s world. Whether you operate a retail site or a restaurant, you have people and assets that need protection from thieves, vandals, and other individuals with criminal intent.
However, you don’t want your facility to look like a prison in the middle of a pleasant neighborhood. Here are three ways to secure your facility and maintain an appealing street view.
- Assess Your Actual Security Needs
Before installing security fencing, assess the critical areas of your facility that need protection. You may not need to fence your entire property to provide adequate security for your staff, customers, and assets. In determining your security needs, define your goals for fencing installation.
A security fence can:
- Define the property’s perimeter
- Act as a physical and psychological deterrence
- Prevent accidental entry onto your property
- Control the flow of traffic and people
- Reduce the risk of vehicle penetration
- Conceal assets from criminals
- Hide eyesores from street view
After you determine the goals you want to reach with fencing, you’re in a better position to design a system that meets your needs and makes your property look good. For example, if you run a retail nursery, you can protect your plant sales yard at the rear of your property with a security fence while keeping your storefront space open to the street.
If you need more enhanced security fencing, an inner and outer fence line minimizes intrusion onto your property. A daycare center or private school may require fencing along the outer boundaries of the property and installation of an additional interior fenced perimeter around play yards or the actual building itself.
- Determine the Minimum Level of Fence Strength Required
Once you’ve assessed your fencing and security goals, decide how strong and durable your fencing must be to meet those specific facility goals. Fencing material choices are easier to make when you define the minimum level of protection necessary to meet your goals.
If you merely want to keep random passersby from walking across your front landscaping, you don’t need a super-strong fence. A vinyl picket fence may be enough to keep people from ruining your sod and flower beds.
You need a sturdier fence when your facility is in an area that’s subject to trespassing, burglaries, and other criminal activity. Additionally, if your commercial operation is controversial or the corporation as a whole has received recent negative press, you need strong fencing to deter protesters and saboteurs.
A fence that provides enhanced security from acts of terrorism, burglary, and criminal mischief is considered a passive barrier and may be constructed of:
- Anti-climb woven wire
- Barbed, concertina, or tangle-foot wire
- Chain link
If you have a limited fencing budget and a large area to protect, you may have to choose a less-than-attractive fencing option to meet your fence-strength needs. However, there are ways to enhance a passive barrier fence.
An industrial-looking fence along the street can be concealed with landscaping and signs. Chain-link fencing can be enhanced with vertical picket slats in white, brown, or green to provide a more formal, private look to your perimeter.
When you have a bigger fencing budget or you must meet the aesthetic requirements of your city or neighborhood code, you have a wide variety of secure fencing styles from which to choose. For example, durable and long-lasting aluminum fencing mimics the look of wrought iron and offers elegant looks and sturdy property protection.
Your fencing contractor will help you choose from the fence types that offer the level of protection you require. They can help you develop a strong fencing system that looks good, too.
- Use Mixed Fencing Styles to Enhance and Protect
To reduce costs and have attractive security fencing at the same time, use several types of fencing materials in your facility’s passive-barrier installation. Professional fence installers know how to integrate the various types of fencing materials to maintain both a continuous protective barrier and a positive facility appearance.
Along property boundaries that are seen from the street, use ornate aluminum fencing, white vinyl fencing, or PVC stone fencing to provide a sturdy and great-looking protective barrier. These materials greatly enhance your facility’s appearance and require minimal upkeep.
Use less-attractive chain link and wire fencing along those areas where the public can’t see your property. Mixed fencing also allows you to use fortified posts and anchors for fencing in targeted areas. You may not need reinforced posts for your front parking area but desire them for loading-dock spaces or asset-storage areas.
When you use several types of fencing materials in your perimeter’s security plan, you provide targeted, customized protection for your property. You gain protection and make the neighborhood look nicer at the same time.
Upgrade your facility’s security and good looks by contacting the commercial fencing experts at Carter Fence Company today. We offer a wide variety of fencing styles and materials for commercial operations throughout the Southwest Florida region.