Airports face a number of challenges regarding internal and external airport security and therefore security fencing.
Between 2004 and 2016, 345 known perimeter security breaches occurred in the US at 31 separate airports. Whilst none of these incidents were terror-related, the general view is that active detection and surveillance are ideal. This provides response time to capture the intruder before they can inflict levels of damage to themselves, the estate, or any assets.
However, this isn’t the case in many highly covered situations. In March 2016, Louis Pedro Verdasca dos Santos Costa, a 38-year-old Portuguese national broke through an airport security fence at Heathrow. He locked himself inside an empty British Airways 747 passenger jet’s cockpit. In September of the same year, 9 protestors gained access to London City Airport at 5:40 am BST. They proceeded to ‘lock themselves together’ on the main runway.
In both cases, and many others, the security surveillance, and detection procedures and systems eventually located the breach. However, the systems were too late to prevent intruders from gaining access. This resulted in delays, and costs for the airport.
Security Fencing as the first line of defence
The first line of defence is key to the prevention of individuals and groups accessing areas of airports where they are able to cause delays and disruption. From accessing runways to threatening staff with weapons. Current assessments place an airport perimeter breach occurring every 10 days across the US.
It is more important than ever to ensure that your airport fencing provides the highest level of protection, security, and guaranteed delay against attack, both internally and externally.
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