If you’re like most business owners, you fully understand the importance of security. You’re probably also familiar with some of the basic principles of high security fencing. We all have a decent sense of how measures such as barbed or razor wire can help boost security. Less commonly known among anti-climb features is anti-climb paint. Today, we will summarize what anti-climb paint is, as well as its pros and cons.
What Does Anti-Climb Paint Do?
Anti-climb paint does exactly what you think it does; it keeps people from climbing. This makes it a great fit for high security fencing. You may also hear it referred to as ‘anti-vandal’ paint. Surfaces coated with this form of paint remain slippery even long after the paint has dried. This makes it exceptionally difficult for any would-be intruders to get a grip on it. Especially when combined with other anti-climb measures such as spiked or barbed wire, this can go a long way toward improving the security of your commercial fence.
What Are Its Benefits?
The obvious benefit we’ve already covered—it helps keep intruders out. It is also exceptionally cost-effective, so you don’t have to break the bank to improve security in this way. It could even be applied on surfaces apart from fences, such as drainpipes, that burglars might be inclined to try to scale. Another benefit is that it stains the clothes and skin of those who touch it, making it easier to spot the offender in the aftermath. Just be sure to place it out of ordinary reach, so yourself or your workers don’t get their clothes stained inadvertently.
Finally, professional ‘installation’ of anti-climb paint is unnecessary. You can do it yourself. It’s hard to beat the price, effectiveness, and ease of application afforded by anti-climb paint.
What Are Its Drawbacks?
That said, you may want to consider some of the potential drawbacks of anti-climb paint. You might find this surprising, but business owners are liable for the safety of individuals on the premises—even intruders. This means that if a would-be intruder slips on the anti-climb paint, falls, and is injured, you could face repercussions. The workaround here is the same as it would be for a slippery floor. Just use proper signage warning potential burglars of the presence of anti-climb paint.
Finally, you might want to give some consideration to ecology. Unlike other features typical of high-security fences, anti-climb paint does have the potential to cause some harm to wildlife. Even though anti-climb paint should not have any toxic chemicals that will outright harm animals, you still don’t want wildlife to come in contact with it. If you apply it in an area where there are frequently animals, you run the risk of them spreading the paint or ruining their camouflage.
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