Razor Barb Fencing and Its Uses

Posted on: October 17, 2014

Razor Barb fencing is possibly the most effective deterrent to criminals who are thinking about scaling your fence. Its uninviting, hostile appearance is usually sufficient to put off the average professional burglar who may have experienced the sharp barbs tearing at clothes and skin. In most cases just one look at it and burglars move on to easier pickings.

With the appearance of barbed wire, razor barb has the advantage of being much stronger and sharper so an intruder who has the stupidity to attempt to get over it will find it really isn’t worth the complication of trying to cut through it, whilst becoming entangled in it, not to mention the potential injury it can cause. As intruder deterrents go, there’s little to match the security of Razor Barb fencing.

High security solutions

Razor Barb is usually used to top the fencing in areas where high security is necessary including prisons, airports, military bases and commercial premises where expensive plant and machinery or other valuables are stored. In terms of prisons it is obviously used mainly to prevent the escape of prisoners as opposed to stopping intruders getting in.

Residential and Farming

This type of fencing is not suitable for the segregation of livestock on farms because of the injuries that can be sustained if animals brush against it.

Whilst there may be special reasons why someone might want to use Razor Barb fencing around the perimeter of a residential property, it’s not recommended since you may run into complications with the Highway Authority (Highways Act 1980 – Section 164) related to injurious toppings.

Among the Highway Authority’s many duties, one of them is to ensure that public highways are safe to use by the general public. Residential fences are usually lower than those surrounding high security areas and if there is any danger that a person, walking along a public footpath, could be injured by the Razor Barb you may be served with a notice to remove it within a designated period of time. This applies to not only Razor Barb but also ordinary barbed wire, indeed any fence topping that has spiked or jagged projections.

Installation of Razor Barb Fencing

For professional fencing contractors the installation of Razor Barb topping to a fence is relatively simple. It is not recommended that the installation is done by anyone who is not experienced in handling razor barb since the possibility of injury is quite high.

Bear in mind that any fence that exceeds 2.4 metres in height will require planning permission in the UK. Razor Barb should not be used on fences or walls that fall short of this height since it will be considered dangerous by the local and highway authorities. You will also be required to place clearly visible warning signs drawing attention to the dangers of the Razor Barb fencing. These notices are necessary not only to warn potential intruders (Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984) but also normal visitors to the premises (Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957).

Give Siddall and Hilton Products a call to discuss your requirements for a Razor Barb Fence.


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