When is a fence not a fence? When it doesn’t present a barrier to entry, obviously! No matter how sturdy and secure you think your fencing is, there are a number of frighteningly quick and easy ways to get over it. If you’re not convinced, just take a look at these video clips.
These youngsters are putting everyone to shame, showing us how to jump a fence fast. Wood, metal, chain link, 4’ or 8’… no problem, no sweat broken.
‘What’s the matter, Danny? Never taken a shortcut before?’ says Simon Pegg’s police officer character in the cult film Hot Fuzz before vaulting over a serious of timber panel fences with consummate ease. His companion follows suit, with hilarious albeit less successful results.
And woe betide if you thought animals can be safely kept at bay behind fencing; some can be surprisingly agile when you least expect it. You have to admire the determination of this climbing dog! And as for the alligator… now we’re really scared!
Protecting your fence
Clearly, it is a good idea to make your garden fence more difficult to climb by adding a variety of defensive devices. Anti-climb measures include timber trellis fence toppers for closeboard or panel fencing, which can be very effective if they are covered with a thorny climber (e.g. rose, holly, juniper, berberis, blackthorn).
For heavy duty protection, you could use barbed wire, razor tape or broken glass. Be warned though that these don’t look at all appealing in a domestic setting and may well be considered unneighbourly. The same applies to plastic spikes and rotating/spinning toppings that are available for use as an intruder deterrent on domestic garden fences. What’s more, if the fence borders a public access area, it should be above 8’ (2.4m), have planning permission and its dangers clearly marked with warning signs.
It goes without saying that anything that makes it easier for a would-be intruder to get over your fence should be carefully screened. Rubbish bins, garden furniture or ladders left lying around outdoors in the vicinity of the garden fence can all act as handy step-ups for an opportunist burglar.
However, there is no guarantee that any of this will stop any thief from scaling the fence, especially if he comes prepared with determination, agility and technique. Any fence can be overcome with the right technique and a bit of training. Take the notorious, 18’ (5.5m) high heavy duty US-Mexican border fence built from steel columns specifically for anti-immigration purposes – it took these 2 women less than 18 seconds to get to the top!
The high security angled chain link fence featured below is no obstacle to this self-styled ninja warrior. Watch him climb it with ease, mostly using only his fingers!
This article was provided by Sara Bryant working Fencing Specialist firm Chariot Fencing, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.
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