| WHAT IS ELECTRIC FENCING AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
The electric fence was primarily developed for the restriction of animal movement. In recent years the security industry has improved on it to give a system utilizing wires fitted on insulators and powered by an energizer which is capable of delivering a substantial and most uncomfortable shock..
The energizer in simple terms is a transformer that can convert low power to a huge quantity of power to the person touching the wires. The energizer used for this purpose will not allow anyone to be killed as the unit is designed to allow the power to pulsate on/off on a continuous basis. Therefore unlike your power in the house where a possibility exists that you could die if experiencing a shock, the electric fence power switches on and off momentarily and therefore is termed a non-lethal electric fence.
Energises conform to IEC legislation. This legislation limits the energy output of security units to stop the public from being fatally shocked.
There is also other controlling legislation such as the minimum installation height permissible and warning sign requirements etc.
| ADVANTAGES OF AN ELECTRIC FENCE
There are three main advantages of an electric fence installation:
- The visual appearance
- The shock capacity
- The alarm given
When you install a good electric fence then the visual appearance will be a definite deterrent. For example if the house/property next door is not fitted with an electric fence you are at a distinct advantage.
When correctly wired and the right size energizer installed, the shock experienced will be of such a magnitude that it would deter a normal person from trying to enter the premises.
When wired correctly the electric fence will go to an alarm when the fence is tampered with.
The electric fence will have served its purpose as an early warning device should the above occur.
Although house alarms are of importance the advantage of a correctly installed electric fence is that:
- either the person does not try to enter your premises, or,
- should the alarm be sounded the person is not already in the house or building and therefore time is on your side.
Wasp systems can be stand-alone or can be linked to your existing conventional point of entry burglar alarm and to your existing security service rapid response provider, for example Chubb, ADT., Guardian etc.