The right to protest stands as a cornerstone of democratic societies, a powerful expression of dissent and a catalyst for change.

Along with this, is the need for protection against the dangers protesting can bring.

Barkers Fencing offer a balance between allowing freedom of speech, and their right to protest, with ensuring the safety and security of staff and other members of the public around protests.

There are many elements to fencing, and accompanying protective equipment, that need to be considered when choosing the right solution for you.

This blog covers insights from us here at Barkers Fencing, and our tips on correctly specifying the right protest protection equipment.


Visual Deterrent and Aesthetics


In the world of protest security, the power of visual deterrents cannot be overstated.

Barkers understands that security solutions should not merely function as barriers, but should seamlessly integrate into the visual landscape.

By employing a thoughtful approach to design, crafting fencing solutions that not only enhance security measures but contribute positively to the overall ambiance of the environment is crucial.

Striking this balance is important when specifying security fencing, as it fosters an atmosphere where free expression is encouraged, yet potential security threats are met with a clear and formidable presence.


Anti-Climb Features


When considering protest security, the importance of height and anti-climb features cannot be overstated.

Barkers Fencing recognises that an effective security solution not only acts as a physical barrier but also strategically deters any attempt to breach its defences.

Height serves as an immediate deterrent, presenting a formidable obstacle to unauthorised access.

However, Barkers Fencing goes beyond mere elevation by incorporating rigorously tested anti-climb features, such as fence toppers, into its solutions. These features are designed with a deep understanding of human behaviour and intent, creating barriers that are not only difficult to scale but act as a psychological deterrent in themselves.

In instances where the right to protest intersects with the need for security, the inclusion of anti-climb features becomes highly important. It ensures that public spaces remain accessible for peaceful demonstrations while concurrently discouraging any activities that could compromise safety.

Tested Fencing For Delay Time


Ultimately, the reliability of a fencing system hinges on its ability to withstand and delay potential threats effectively.

Barkers Fencing places a premium on the concept of tested fences with proven delay time, recognising that durability is as critical as the initial deterrent effect as mentioned earlier.

This commitment to quality assurance and standard adherence not only bolsters the security of public spaces but also instils confidence in the longevity and reliability of solutions.

For example, Barkers’ SecureGuard SL1 fencing is rigorously tested by the LPCB to LPS1175 A1 (Previously SR1) under Issue 8 and BS 1722 pt 14 standards, meaning it has resistance and integrity against attack by bodily force and basic tools for over 60 seconds.



Using CCTV And PID’s For Detection


In an era where technology intertwines seamlessly with security, Barkers Fencing embraces advanced solutions to enhance the effectiveness of protest security.

Central to this approach is the integration of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) and Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDs) — sophisticated tools that assist other forms of security, such as fencing.

CCTV serves as a vigilant observer, providing real-time surveillance and invaluable documentation. This not only acts as a deterrent but allows for swift response in the event of any security breach, ensuring that any incidents are captured and analysed with precision.

Complementing CCTV, PIDs add an additional layer of sophistication to protest security. These systems are designed to detect and alert security personnel to any attempts at unauthorised access.




The integration of visual appeal with formidable deterrents speaks to a holistic approach that understands the importance of both aesthetics and functionality.

Barkers Fencing’s dedication to creating security solutions that seamlessly blend with public spaces exemplifies the idea that safety need not come at the cost of the visual.

The emphasis on anti-climb features underscores a proactive approach to security, while tested fences with proven delay time further solidify safety.

As we reflect on these insights, the conclusion is clear — effective protest security is not a singular concept but a mix of multiple elements. It’s a delicate balance between the right to dissent and the responsibility to protect.

If you are looking for assistance in how to make this balance an equal one, please get in touch with the team at Barkers for advice on specification and what you should be looking for.




How Does Barkers Fencing Strike A Balance Between Security And Visual Appeal In Protest Settings?

Barkers Fencing achieves a delicate equilibrium by designing security solutions that act as visual deterrents while seamlessly integrating into the aesthetics of public spaces.


What Specific Anti-Climb Features Does Barkers Fencing Incorporate Into Its Solutions, And Why Are They Crucial For Protest Security?

Barkers Fencing integrates rigorously tested anti-climb features into its solutions, recognising the importance of deterring unauthorised access.


How Does Barkers Fencing Address The Need For Proven Delay Time In Protest Security?

Barkers Fencing prioritises the use of tested fences with proven delay time, ensuring the reliability and effectiveness of their security solutions.


What Role Do CCTV And PIDs Play In Barkers Fencing’s Approach To Protest Security?

Barkers Fencing integrates Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) for real-time surveillance and documentation, creating a comprehensive visual monitoring system. Additionally, Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDs) add an extra layer of sophistication by detecting and alerting security personnel to any attempts at unauthorised access.


How Does Barkers Fencing Contribute To Community Engagement In The Context Of Protest Security?

Barkers Fencing actively collaborates with communities and stakeholders to understand specific security needs, ensuring that their solutions are tailored to the unique requirements of each environment.