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November 2016

GAPID - Intelligent security solution for fences

  • Date: 29.11.2016
    Author: Veikko Raasuke

A proper fence is our first line of defence against trespassers. However, we often do not pay enough attention to the condition of the fence or to whether the fence indeed achieves its objective. We will hereby share with you a few fundamentals about what to keep in mind when it comes to a fence, be it designed to protect your home or a large industrial building, and introduce a new security solution tailor-designed for fences – the new intelligent GAPID shock sensor.

When a house or a new warehouse is built, a fence is also erected to surround it. Fences are built around schools, as well as kindergartens, and sometimes simply around plots on which goods are stored. But how often do people think about the fact that the main function of a fence is to be the primary line of defence against trespassers? Fences are more likely to be erected to mark the borders of one’s plot of land – as is often the case with private households – in order to prevent dogs or children from running onto the street. Of course, these are undoubtedly important functions of a fence but above all, a fence should act as the first line of defence against trespassers. Thieves, too, prefer buildings whose fence is in poor condition or non-existent altogether.

What to keep in mind to ensure that your fence is indeed a secure line of defence against trespassers? And how can modern security solutions improve the situation?

First, make sure that your fence has neither holes in it, which can be used to penetrate the fence without trouble, nor unfixed parts that can be removed with a simple move. Make sure that you pay attention to such discoveries and perform repair works as soon as possible.
If there is a tall tree or a post right by your fence, it would be preferable to remove it if possible. All items that make climbing over the fence easier should also be removed from right by the fence – from locations both outside and, if possible, inside the fence. For example, if a dustbin or construction material stored on a pallet is left behind the fence, it helps thieves climb over the fence when they are trespassing or fleeing.
Always keep exposed items, such as lawnmowers or strollers, out of sight of passers-by. These are items that are easy to take along and they also give thieves clues as to what other items could be found in the house. As for companies, it is important to make sure that valuable items that are easy to take along are properly locked up each night, not left lying around in the storage yard.
Make sure to keep the gates locked. Every malevolent passer-by can step through an open gate without trouble and grab the first random item at hand, such as a bicycle.
Installing a lamp with a motion sensor in your garden is a good idea. In addition to the fact that it will be more comfortable for you to move around outside when it is dark, it will also function as a warning system for trespassing strangers.
If possible, we advise you to install a security camera to guard your fence. Why not also do it at home, as it is already a common element of companies’ security systems.

Nowadays, one need not place metres and metres of barbed wire around their garden to make it a fortress.
The intelligent GAPID shock sensor is a modern security solution designed to protect welded and entwined chain-link fences above all, but it is also suitable for garage doors and windows. 
The sensor will detect vibrations, blows, and any inclinations in guarded surfaces, as well as when your fence wire is cut. If the sensor detects any of these actions, it will send an alarm to its respective security system. The sensor can be connected to most security systems.
One sensor is designed to guard a surface of up to 15 m2 at a time; the location of an alarm is therefore detected very accurately even if the fence is long. If the guarded fence area is larger, several sensors are installed. If there is camera surveillance on the site and there is an image feed of what is going on outside thanks to this, vibration sensors are a good idea regardless. Their advantage is that they detect an intruder before the intruder has got in through the fence and report the intruder’s location with great precision. Then one can use the camera to check what exactly caused the alarm and whether a reaction is necessary.
No cables or electric wires need to be dragged to install a GAPID shock sensor – they can be installed both with wires attached and wirelessly. The sensor has a battery that can run for up to three years.
The easily and swiftly mountable sensor is designed specifically for use in outdoor conditions – it can operate at temperatures as low as –40 °C. The system has six pre-configured programmes, three self-learning programmes, and the option to adjust its sensitivity. As the sensor is intelligent and self-learning, every cat or hedgehog crawling under the fence does not trigger an alarm. Snow that has fallen on the fence or some other stronger weather phenomenon will not trigger it either. The GAPID sensor sends out few false alarms. 

Inspect your fence to make sure that there are no unfixed parts in it, keep the gate firmly closed, and make sure that there are no items in the courtyard area that might be of interest to ill-intentioned people.

Detailed information about the GAPID sensor is available on the website of Alarmtec, G4S’ subsidiary.

Veikko Raasuke
Technology Development Manager