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When CCTV is no longer enough – a guide to perimeter protection systems

Crime rates in the UK are continuing to spiral, with domestic burglary up by 30% in the UK according to the latest figures by the ONS.

With these figures continuing to rise and criminals devising increasingly advanced tactics for breaking and entry, it’s time to face up to the fact that sticking a CCTV camera out the front of our commercial and residential properties and hoping it’ll provide enough of a deterrent might no longer be enough. What’s required is a more secure and severe first line of defence.

Fencing off

Perimeter protection isn’t only about making sure the alarms are sounded before intruders have a chance to reach your property – it’s about stopping them from getting there in the first place. If all other means of security simply don’t seem like they are achieving enough, security gates and fencing offer reliable protection and automated operation via discreet, smart access controls that allow you or your security team to impact entry remotely. They can even be operated via mobile streaming, so you could technically operate the gates from anywhere on earth.

Of course, security gates might not look particularly friendly, but surely that’s the point? And certain manufacturers are skilled enough to be able to design a gate and fencing system around the existing aesthetic properties of your office or home, so you can make it look as imposing or as inviting as you wish. Best not make it too inviting mind, this would be an ideal solution for a larger business or more valuable, large property.

Small but safe

For something a little more discreet, you can attach sensors to any existing fencing that will automatically detect anyone attempting to cross the barrier. The length of this barrier can also be adjusted manually, so you can choose which areas of your grounds are off-limits. Perhaps more pertinently, however, they are relatively small, so they won’t have much of an impact on the aesthetic value of your home.

The drawback of these perimeter security systems, however, is that they tend to be a little over-sensitive and can pick up bad weather and small animals, which can lead to false alarms. If you believe this will be a problem, we’d recommend investing in sensors that only activate when someone attempts to actually climb or break through the fence.

In all, this represents something of a ‘middle-ground’ solution between going all out with a security gate and imposing perimeter fencing, and the more subtle option below. It would be ideal for a small to medium business.

Buried security

An even less unsightly option (in fact, it won’t even be seen at all), Underground Perimeter Protection Systems refer to sensors that are buried beneath the ground, meaning they are not only invisible but immune to atmospheric interference.

These sensors can be equipped to recognise footsteps and vehicular movement and as they are installed underground, it’s that much harder for criminals to sabotage them

These sensors can often be integrated with existing systems to create a discreet and highly flexible solution. For high-risk sites that suffer a fair amount of atmospheric interference, or sights that wish to enjoy all the benefits of a perimeter security system without any of the aesthetic drawbacks, this represents an ideal compromise.

Drone Security

Finally, there have been significant advances made in recent years regarding the use of drones in security, both for businesses and residential properties. The unmanned flying robots have been utilised by the military for years and are now affordable enough to be used domestically.

Whilst many users simply see their drones as hobby machines for weekend flying, they can actually be used to create an incredibly powerful and automated security system. They might not work as a standalone deterrent, but when used in tandem with one of the methods above, it might just be the thing that really puts the criminals off!