What Are the Benefits of Security Fencing for Schools?

Security fencing for Schools

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “security fence” isn't normally a school, but schools are an excellent area to consider installing a fence for security.

Consider the following reasons for installing fencing around a school area:

Keeps out Vandals

Open areas seem to invite those who are bred and looking for something to destroy. Having a security fence around the school will make it more difficult for vandals to spray paint, break windows and otherwise destroy the beautiful landscape of the area. In most cases, vandals are looking for a quick in-and-out and climbing a fence doesn't make for a quick getaway.

Improved Safety

By installing cameras and a gate that requires authorization for entry, teachers and students can relax knowing unauthorized people won't be able to enter and disrupt their work. We don't like the idea of our kids being unsafe at school, so putting safety measures in place make sense in today's world.

Student Tracking

Kids, especially those in higher grades, have a tendency to wander away, skip classes or leave the school grounds. With security fencing in place, it is easier to keep track of when students enter and leave the grounds. They can be monitored throughout the day which will prevent them leaving unsupervised or without permission.

Aesthetically Pleasing

Security fencing does not have to be ugly or look imposing. There are many different styles and colors available. Adding the correct style, the school yard can be not only safe and secure, but an oasis from the harshness of city streets. What better place to learn than an environment that feels calm, pleasing and secure?

Territoriality

Fencing is the key to territoriality, marking the ownership using well-designed architecture. Department of Homeland Security has observed better maintenance of premises having well-designed fencing since people treat well-maintained buildings with greater respect. Moreover, maintaining architectural features, landscaping, and property line markers helps establish school grounds while boosting its property. 

Natural Surveillance

School fencing boosts natural surveillance of the concerned territory. In other words, it helps in monitoring the overall school ground while keeping close eyes on people visiting or living on the premises. As far as school fencings are concerned, the Department of Homeland Security recommends designing fences that don't obstruct the line of sight as blocking the line of sight is often counterintuitive to surveillance.

Access Control

Access control is closely related to territoriality and natural surveillance, especially in school fencing. For instance, having the main section of the school located on its front door would significantly boost the overall supervision. This way, all visitors would first have to check in to the school office, thereby enabling control and visitor management. Fences also help in determining what areas are accessible to the visitors and what aren't. 

See Also: Why an Automated Gate Gives You Extra Security

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Ron Frazelle

Ron Frazelle is the Project Manager of La Habra Fence Company, a leading provider and installer of ornamental iron fencing in Southern California for over 65 years. Ron is committed to providing the best customer service, high quality products and quick project completion at the best overall value for his clients. La Habra Fence Company is known for creating a loyal and returning clientele that looks forward to doing business with them.