Utilities Fencing Perimeter Solutions

Securing sites of Critical National Infrastructure is of paramount importance, therefore the correct physical security measures, such as security rated fencing, are vital. Security rated fencing is widely recommended for use in the protection of utilities and infrastructure sites, including water treatment plants, substations, fuel sources, and power plants, as it has been tested and certified to withstand and protect against deliberate attempts at forced entry and attacks.

Companies operating in the utilities sector (including production, treatment, processing, distribution, and supply), face the risk of security breaches which could have significant implications on staff and public safety and/or service availability.

The installation of physical security products such as security fencing, gates and vehicle parking controls to protect sites is an obvious critical requirement. Therefore, for those responsible for procurement comes the burden to correctly specify those products whose design and manufacture have been proven to deliver the security performance, resilience and longevity required. Equally important is the commitment to ongoing inspection and maintenance of all physical security devices once installed to ensure their continued efficacy.

A well planned, designed, and installed series of fence lines and access solutions will add real value to the protection of a perimeter and can also yield significant savings in the overall cost of site security, by reducing the requirement for more expensive electronic alternatives or manned guarding.

Perimeter security suited to Utilities Sites

At Jacksons Security, we specialise in securing the perimeters of CNI sites such as utilities. We advise and recommend the deployment of a range of products which have been tested and certified under LPS 1175. We offer a range of fencing certified from A1-G1 which has also been approved by Secured by Design, the official UK Police Initiative with a mission to design out crime. For higher risk sites, 'Approved for UK Government Use' fencing is also recommended by the CPNI (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure) as part of their advisory remit.

Where hostile vehicle mitigation measures which protect against vehicle borne attack are required, PAS 68 and IWA 14 certified crash rated fences/barriers/gates and bollards provide effective vehicle security barriers.

 

 

Installing for performance

Any physical perimeter security product, regardless of the testing it has undergone to prove its ability to withstand various challenges is only as good as its installation. It can only deliver to its design specification if it is regularly inspected, maintained and repaired. Therefore, buying decisions need to also consider a number of contributing factors which affect the integrity of these performance critical products. For example materials employed in their construction should be both fit for purpose and able to deliver a long service life. Any steel used which is exposed to the elements above or below ground should at the very minimum be hot dip galvanised to BS EN 1461, inside and out, and ideally after basic manufacturing has been carried out. The steel wire used in the production of mesh fence panels should be coated with a zinc aluminium alloy treatment to BS EN 10224 in preference to standard galvanised for increased life expectancy.

The importance of perimeter security for utilities

To plan an effective perimeter security solution for utilities sites, you first need to consider why it's important so you can understand the vulnerabilities of the site and how best to protect them.

An insight into protecting utilities

Download our short insight paper on perimeter protection as a starting point when researching security options for utilities sites.

Protecting water treatment plants

Access to safe, clean water will always be an essential requirement for households and businesses in the UK, which is why perimeters around water treatment plants need to be safe, secure, and long-lasting.

Protecting utilities sites with perimeter fencing

Perimeter fencing is the first line of defence against attack and intrusion at any site. With over 600 water treatment plants responsible for safe sanitation for over 50 million people in the UK, perimeter fencing is highly important for protecting precious supplies.

Specifying for utilities?

Are you looking to specify a security solution for a utilities site? Read our blog for guidance on what to consider when specifying fencing, gates and access control for electricity, gas, water, telecommunications, water or sewerage sites.

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Guide To Securing Critical National Infrastructure

Download our guide for an insight into specifying security fencing and gates for CNI sites.

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