Freestanding Electric Fencing
Freestanding electric fencing has two primary applications – piggyback and stand alone.
- Piggyback: A Piggyback electric fence is mounted off the back of an existing fence, adding another level of security to the existing perimeter barrier. The piggyback profile is fastened to existing fence posts (e.g. steel posts of a palisade fence). Omega brackets are most commonly used. Freestanding fences are extremely effective and provide added security to existing perimeter fencing that criminals can penetrate. Examples include palisade fencing (that can be levered open) or precast fencing (where panels can be broken).
- Stand alone: Stand-alone electric fences act as the sole perimeter barrier. They are also quite aesthetically pleasing if installed neatly. Gum poles and y standards are commonly used, but there are several options available including steel posts. Depending on the property’s location, a non-electrified barrier fence may be required to satisfy compliance legislation.
Typically, fence heights vary between 18 strands (1.8m high) and 24 strands (2.4m high) although we do install 30 strand fences as well. As these fences have inherently long wire meterages, we prefer to use galvanized 2.24mm steel wire (not stainless steel) as this wire can conduct the electrical pulse far more efficiently (thus negating the need for extremely costly high powered energizers).
Long boundaries are often “zoned “into sections. Each section runs independently. This allows for one section of fence to be turned off for maintenance/repairs but the remainder of the perimeter can still be armed. Additionally, if a section goes to alarm, the response can be directed to that specific zone (and not the entire boundary), saving valuable time.
Specs and Features
- Inherently stable system (unlike beams)
- Extremely effective
- Is a self contained alarm system (includes a siren)
- Can be linked to your security company
- Operates 24/7 (turned off only for maintenance)
- Highly adaptable
- Low running cost (approximately R20/month)
- Low maintenance (vegetation needs to be kept clear)
- Safe (non-lethal and no permanent damage from a shock)
- Long battery back-up is standard equipment(for load shedding/power cuts)
- Aesthetically pleasing (not highly noticeable)