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The Benefits of Security Fencing and Barriers for Commercial Properties

Implementing the right security measures is crucial for protecting your commercial property, whether you have a small business or an industrial-sized one.

Security fencing and barriers are great security measures that every commercial property must employ as they protect against unauthorised and unwanted access. They are available in different types and can also be tailored to suit your commercial property’s unique security needs.

There are several reasons to consider installing them on your property, and we’re here to discuss just that. Read on to find out more about security fencing and barriers and their benefits for commercial properties:

BENEFITS OF SECURITY FENCING AND BARRIERS FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

As a business owner or employer, it is your responsibility to make sure your property and everyone and everything in it stays protected at all times. Regardless of the size of your business, it is very important to employ adequate security measures in order to keep it safe and secure.

Security fencing and barriers are two very important parts of perimeter security that help protect your property from unwelcome visitors and intruders.

Here are the top benefits of security fencing and barriers in commercial properties:

Enhanced security

The biggest benefit of installing security fencing and barriers in your commercial property is the enhanced safety and security that they provide. They are an integral part of perimeter security and help protect your employees, your property, assets, operations, and more.

When investing in security fencing, make sure you choose the right type that is appropriate for your security needs and is made of durable material that can withstand tampering and harsh weather conditions.

Deter intruders and vandals

Whether you run a large commercial setup or have a small commercial property, you wouldn’t want intruders and vandals gaining access to it and wreaking havoc. Keeping such troublemakers away from your property ensures smooth operations as well as safety and security.

A good-quality, difficult-to-bypass security fence or barrier works as a physical obstacle and is a key factor in deterring thieves and vandals and preventing intruders from gaining access during commercial burglaries. The more difficult it is to gain access to your property, the less likely it is that criminals will target your property, to begin with.

Manage access

When running a business, it is very important to manage access points into your property as it not only provides a higher level of security by preventing unauthorised individuals from gaining access but also allows you to manage health and safety protocols by preventing people from entering dangerous areas.

By installing security fencing and barriers, you can ward off all or certain areas of your property and have much better control over who enters and leaves your commercial property.

Improve employees’ well-being

Employees are the backbone of any business setup. Therefore, providing them with a safe and secure work environment is crucial for your business’s success. A happier and more content workforce is a more productive and motivated workforce.

By installing security fencing and barriers, along with adopting other adequate security measures, you can improve your employee’s well-being and provide them with a sense of comfort that they are important to you and that their safety matters.

Reassure customers and visitors

As a business, your top priority is to keep your customers happy and satisfied. Regardless of the type of commercial property you own, you would want your customers, clients, and visitors to feel safe and comfortable on your property.

Installing security fencing and barriers reassures them of safety and security and will make them more open to visiting. They will also be more comfortable negotiating terms and deals and would most likely recommend your business to others.

Mark boundary

Other than providing a high level of safety and security, security fencing and barriers also help mark your business’s boundary. It helps define a clear line as to where your property begins and ends and helps minimise disputes with other neighbouring properties over land ownership.

It also gives you a better idea about the size of the area that falls within your premises and helps you take better decisions security-wise as compared to securing a building or property with no defined boundary.

Establish privacy

If your commercial property is such that it requires privacy, fences and barriers can be indispensable tools that help you achieve it.

Properties such as government organisations, military establishments, schools, warehouses, and factories all require a high degree of privacy and wish to keep prying eyes away. By installing security fencing and barriers, you can achieve this level of privacy as they provide a physical obstacle between your property and the outside world.

Enhance business image

Your business’s image is of utmost importance as it is how your clients and customers see you. By installing security fencing and barriers you can not only increase safety and security and prove that you’re a more responsible employer but also enhance the look of your property.

There are several kinds of security fences and barriers that you can choose from. You can get one that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. You can customise it according to your business’s design philosophy and opt for colours that complement it.

Low maintenance

Good quality security fencing and barriers are strong, durable, and sturdy and can withstand general wear and tear and extreme weather conditions. They are generally low maintenance and provide good value for money.

Therefore, when choosing security fencing or barriers for your commercial property, do not compromise on the quality by saving a little money. Get high-quality fences and barriers installed that require little to no maintenance and prove to be a long-term asset for your business.

Reduced insurance premiums

Most insurance providers require that you have adequate security measures on your commercial property to minimise the potential risk. Others may even offer a reduction on their insurance premiums based on the level of security that the security systems provide.

Since security fencing and barriers are also known to enhance security and minimise risk, having them installed on your commercial property can often get you discounts on your insurance premiums.

At times, claims may even be rejected because there was no security fence or barrier or they were deemed inadequate. Keeping that in mind, it is always better to discuss these details with your insurance provider beforehand.

TYPES OF SECURITY FENCING

Now that you know how security fencing and barriers can benefit your commercial property, you should know about the different types of security fencing available and how they differ from one another.

There are 4 main types of security fencing for you to choose from:

Chain link fencing

Woven into a zig-zag pattern to give it a diamond shape, chain link fencing is made from galvanised steel and plastic-coated steel wires. It usually comes in black or green colour and is available in various heights.

Anchored to concrete or metal posts, it is incredibly durable and low-cost, making it a great solution for industrial properties, parks, and sports complexes to offer both security as well as an established boundary.

Mesh panel fencing

Made from galvanised stainless steel, mesh panel fencing gets its name from the mesh strands that have been welded together to give it a mesh-like look.

Several different shapes and forms can be made with mesh panels, giving these fences an aesthetic look without compromising the level of security.

Most commonly available in black and green wiring, mesh panel fencing are available in other colours as well and some designs may even have climb-resistant features.

They are relatively cost-effective, versatile, robust, and aesthetically appealing, making them a good choice for playgrounds, sports grounds, as well as residential homes.

Palisade fencing

Made with several vertical steel pales secured to horizontal running rails, palisade fencing forms panels or planks and comes in various shapes. Some of the most common ones are D-shaped, W-shaped, and angle steel.

D-shaped palisade fencing has a simple shape, low damage resistance, and offers a reasonable level of security while still establishing a clear boundary.

W-shaped palisade fencing has extra bends due to its W-like shape that gives the structure more strength and damage resistance. Its unique shape makes it difficult for vandals to get past and creates a more effective security barrier.

Angle-steel palisade fencing, as the name suggests, is made at a 90-degree angled steel profile and is more general-purposed due to its simple design and security features.

Palisade fencing can be a bit expensive, but if you look at it as a security investment, it is highly durable, robust, and weather resistant. Since it is difficult to jump over and bypass, it makes an effective deterrent against intruders and is usually installed in high-risk locations such as power stations, warehouses, industrial sites, and commercial properties.

Bow top railings

Bow top railings have a rounded top section and can be customised using welded bars and spheres to make them safer and more secure.

Available in galvanised and powder-coated finishes, they work as a practical boundary solution for schools, playgrounds, and other properties where their anti-climbing features can be put to use.

These features combined with their low maintenance and cost-effectiveness make them a good choice for properties looking for added security.

OTHER FORMS OF PERIMETER SECURITY

Security fencing and barriers are an effective form of perimeter security but they are not the only security measures you can take to make your commercial property more secure.

Security fencing and barriers combined with other forms of perimeter security such as alarm systems, CCTV cameras, access control systems, and security lighting can make a whole world of a difference and provide you with a more holistic solution when it comes to safety and security.

Let’s look at each one in detail:

Security alarm systems

Security alarms are an effective form of security that has the main purpose of detecting intrusions and unwanted activities and alerting the people in charge.

They work using different types of sensors and generally pick up on movement. They can be placed on all the key points on the security fencing and barriers so that as soon as someone even walks by, you are instantly alerted.

These systems can be simple bells-only alarm systems that simply sound an alarm whenever they detect intrusions or modern and more advanced smart alarms that can be controlled remotely using your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop. You can also have push notifications sent to your devices of any unwanted activity picked up by the system.

For added security, you may also opt for professional alarm monitoring services where trained individuals at a remote monitoring station keep a check on the system and every alert sent by it and can even alert the police if need be.

CCTV cameras

CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) cameras are one of the most effective deterrents against burglaries and intrusions and are known to keep residential as well as commercial and industrial properties safe and secure.

They are simply high-tech cameras that capture real-time as well as recorded footage of the field of view where they are placed and work as a never-tiring pair of eyes. Their mere presence is enough to scare away potential criminals for fear of getting recorded and caught.

Placed in key locations over the security fencing and barriers, CCTV cameras can help you keep a better watch over the entirety of the perimeter without having to deploy security personnel on every foot of the boundary wall.

CCTV cameras come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and types and you have the option to choose the best one for your needs based on the level of security you require and the features you are looking for.

Some of the most common ones include bullet CCTV cameras, dome CCTV cameras, C-mount CCTV cameras, PTZ CCTV cameras, day/night CCTV cameras, infrared/night vision CCTV cameras, network/IP CCTV cameras, wireless CCTV cameras, and High-Definition (HD) CCTV cameras.

Access control systems

Access control systems are a form of door security system that helps keep unauthorised access under control. They can be as simple as a mechanical lock and key to a more advanced biometric system that uses retina scans and fingerprints to grant or deny access.

These systems can be installed on all the key entry and exit points so that no one can enter or leave without permission. The user presents their credentials to the system and the system checks them in its permissions database. Once the user is verified against the database, they are either granted or denied entry based on their access permission.

Depending on the type of property, the number of users, and the level of security required, you may opt for mandatory access control, discretionary access control, role-based access control, and attribute-based access control.

Security lighting

Darkness is a criminal’s best ally. Why? Well, because it allows them to creep in and carry on with their nefarious acts without attracting attention. Since we know this, we can counter it by illuminating our properties with security lights!

Placed in the right positions where they are able to provide as much illumination as possible, security lighting is a crucial feature of perimeter security. You need to keep your security fencing and barriers well-illuminated so that there’s no chance of anyone creeping in, especially during the nighttime.

You can install motion sensor lights that automatically turn on as soon as someone walks by or opt for smart lights that can be set to turn on and off at particular times using a smart device such as a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.

CONTACT CALDER SECURITY

At Calder Security, we provide a comprehensive range of security solutions that include not just professional installation but also monitoring, maintenance, and repair services.

We are members of the Master Locksmith Association (MLA), approved members of the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), and also conform to all the relevant British and EU Standards.

We follow all the best practices in the industry and install only high-quality, state-of-the-art security systems.

We offer various levels of monitoring via a 24-hour monitoring centre using Dualcom and BT Redcare signalling, which is the most secure alarm monitoring system and the largest supplier of intelligent alarm signalling services in the UK.

We understand the importance of having to regularly maintain security systems since the inability to do so might result in serious faults and consequent vulnerabilities in your property’s security.

We provide professional maintenance checks and reminders for when the checks are due to help you stay compliant with the law and work fast to restore your security systems to excellent condition.

We offer a 24-hour call-out service for customers and can also repair systems not installed by us. Our engineers are highly skilled and can restore faulty systems to full working order in one visit.

Contact us here or call us at 0800 612 9799 to talk to our experts right away!

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