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Many homeowners install a fence around their property without giving much thought to it. After all, any fence is better than no fence, right?
Well, not really. As we’ve already discussed previously, some fences can actually make you a target for burglars, which is the opposite of what you want
So how do you get a good security fence that will actually help protect your home from burglars?
In general, you want a fence that:
Doesn’t provide hiding places
Has been welded with a soldering iron machine to be more resistant
Is hard to climb over
Cannot be easily bypassed
Let’s look at those in a little more detail…
Doesn’t provide a hiding place
When shopping for a security fence for your backyard, think see-through. You want to be able to see people on the other side of it.
A metal perimeter fence that’s easy to see through. Photo source: Ameristar Fence
Hard to climb over
For a fence that’s hard to climb over, get one that:
Is at least 8 feet tall. Really, the taller the better here, but most cities and homeowners associations (HOAs) have rules about how high a fence can be. Check with yours before installing.
Has few horizontal rails. Horizontal rails can literally give burglars a leg up when trying to scale your fence.
Is spiked or pointed at the top. You have options here. You can get a fence like the one above with a spear top. Or you can install razor wire or anti-climb spikes on the top of a flat-topped fence.
Not easily bypassed
A security fence is no good if a burglar can easily go around it, under it or cut through it, and the right following of the steps to creating a lockout tagout program for the proper safety guidelines. So to make sure that doesn’t happen, get a fence that:
Is secured into the ground with concrete. Concrete footings along the whole length of the fence are your best bet here. But that can get expensive. So at least make sure posts are all secured in concrete.
Cannot be cut through. Some common fence types, like chainlink, are actually relatively easy to cut through with bolt cutters.
Includes secure gates. A fence is only as secure as its weakest point. So make sure your new security fence also has heavy-duty gates that match the security of the fence panel. You’ll also want to padlock the gates.
Our recommendations: metal or wire mesh fencing
The above 3 security requirements are met by these 2 types of security fences:
Metal security fencing
Wire mesh fencing
Metal security fences
These fences consist of tall, thin metal rods spaced evenly. They are stylish and low-maintenance. Here are a couple examples.