What features should security mesh possess?


Although many criminals are using digital technologies to steal money, that doesn’t mean breaking and entering isn’t a problem throughout Australia.

According to a report developed by the US Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Sydney is, statistically speaking, safer than many American cities. However, residents living in New South Wales may fall victim to property crimes such as burglary and theft.

Many enterprises and institutions install expanded security mesh to their security doors to deter criminals from trespassing onto private property. Depending on the nature of the business, a security profile may have a design that differs slightly from standard iterations. Which mesh characteristics should every solution possess?


Diamond-cut edges

Believe it or not, it is feasible to use expanded security fencing for prisons. Such products are more cost-effective than concrete and deliver the same result. However, the apertures need to have sharp edges to discourage climbing.

This feature is particularly essential when administrators use fencing to enclose entire facilities, such as data centres. Facility managers should note that wrongdoers may try and use gloves and other protective wear to circumvent this defensive feature, so they would be wise to take it into account.

Security mesh should be designed to resist heavy impact.


Force distribution

Security mesh should be designed to resist heavy impact from those trying to break the fencing. In addition, the mesh must be capable of dissipating the shock sustained from frequent collision and force.

The key is to fabricate the expanded mesh so that any quick, heavy force is not concentrated in a small area. Ideally, a sudden impact would be distributed throughout the entire mesh, causing vibrations. An additional security measure could entail attaching vibration sensors to the fence. Whenever the device registers intense vibrations, it could signal an alarm notifying personnel of possible wrongdoing.


High strength-to-weight ratio

A high strength-to-weight ratio is one feature that enables managers to reduce procurement and maintenance costs. For instance, security mesh made from aluminium is inexpensive, and actually has a better strength-to-weight ratio than steel, according to AALCO.

Overall, those interested in purchasing and implementing expanded security mesh should consult those who can assess the demands of their operations. While one design may be appropriate for one company, it may not be optimal for organisations with different perimeter defence concerns.