Blog Series: Play #1: Fencing – The Foundation of Commercial Perimeter Security
AMAROK is proud to announce the first in our series of educational articles on keeping your commercial property safe from thieves. If you’re interested in keeping your industrial site or freight yard safe from would-be criminals, download our Perimeter Security Playbook here.
It’s bowl season, and that means everyone’s got football on the brain. How is it that some coaches take their teams all the way to the “Big Game” and others are left on the sidelines? It’s all about calling the right plays.
If you want to protect your turf and keep thieves from making it to the end zone at your company’s expense, there are 5 key perimeter security plays to follow. The first and most important one is securing the perimeter of your property with the proper fencing.
Security Fencing is Your First Step Against Becoming a Statistic
Every year, U.S. businesses lose billions of dollars to cargo and equipment theft.
- Commercial equipment and construction site theft cost owners $1 billion every year.
- Cargo theft costs U.S. businesses $30 billion each year.
- Sometimes, the people you want to keep out are your own employees after hours. Employee theft is estimated at $1 million each year.
Effective Commercial Perimeter Security Starts with Fencing
Perimeter security is a system of prevention and protection methods that work together to keep criminals out and your valued goods in. A sturdy physical barrier around your commercial property is the foundation of perimeter security. To be effective, a perimeter security fence should be:
- At least 6 feet tall, though taller fences are, of course, better.
- Sturdy enough so that it can’t be easily knocked down or moved.
- Without gaps where criminals could sneak through.
- Secured at ground level to prevent thieves from crawling underneath.
Most Popular Types of Security Fencing
There are many types of commercial security fencing, but the most popular are chain-links, metal/wrought iron, and wood. The type of perimeter fencing you choose will have a lot to do with your security needs, style, and budget. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most-used types of perimeter fencing:
- Chain-link fencing – Chain-link fencing allows light and air to pass through but still keeps trespassers out.
- Metal/wrought Iron fencing – Wrought iron fencing is decorative and nearly impossible to cut through, making it one of the most secure types of perimeter fencing.
- Wood fencing – Wood security fencing also offers privacy, hiding your freight yard or construction site from thieves looking for a score.
Make Sure to Check Your Perimeter Fence – And, Check it Often
Just putting up a fence isn’t enough security when it comes to protecting your commercial property or site. Regular maintenance and vigilance go a long way toward keeping your property safe and ensuring the longevity of your fence itself. Make sure you regularly:
|1. Check your fence for weakness, breach attempts, or damage.|
|2. Trim or remove large bushes that can provide cover for would-be intruders.|
|3. Check your perimeter for signs of lurking, such as food wrappers, cigarette butts, drink containers, or footprints.|
The Best Perimeter Security is a Layered One
A sturdy fence can deter criminals from helping themselves to your property, but a layered security approach makes your security a lot stronger.
For example, adding electric fencing inside your perimeter, in addition to your current fencing gives thieves not just one – but two barriers to get through to access your valuable goods. If they manage to scale, cut, or tunnel under your current fencing, they’ll think twice before attempting to breach an electric fence that delivers a painful jolt of stopping power.
And the third layer of perimeter security – video monitoring – isn’t just a great deterrent, but it can help you identify thieves, recover the stolen valuables, and send criminals to jail.
The Moral of the Blog
Coaches may only have to worry about a single day to defend their turf and title! But when it comes to protecting your commercial property, perimeter security is an everyday event. A strong perimeter fence that’s over six feet tall, sturdy, without gaps, and secured at the bottom is the best first line of defense in controlling access to your site and protecting your business assets.
For all the plays to defending your commercial property or site – download our Playbook >
AMAROK™ is a full-perimeter security company based in Columbia, South Carolina, that provides commercial security services throughout the United States and Canada. Specializing in electric fencing and perimeter security systems for commercial properties, AMAROK also provides supplemental surveillance solutions, including cameras, lights, and alarms. Together, these business security services form the ultimate crime prevention solution for any business.
The Ultimate Perimeter Solution
AMAROK is the ultimate perimeter security solution because it deters thieves, so there is no need to deal with the aftermath of a crime. AMAROK deters criminals in three ways; a shock deterrent, physical deterrent, and alarm deterrent. Installing The Electric Guard Dog Fence™ system is an effective way to prevent theft or vandalism at your business.
Even though professional monitoring speeds police response time, criminals may still be able to breach your perimeter and enter your property. That’s why AMAROK developed FORTIFEYE™. FORTIFEYE is the world‘s first integration of electric security fencing, video surveillance, and video monitoring solution to create the ultimate crime prevention solution for your commercial business or industrial site.
For more information, or to get a quote contact us.