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    How tall of fence is everyone putting around their storage facility? I am in a low crime area and have never had a break in. Was wondering if 6' would be to short? Also do most people put barbed wire around the top? One last question is your posts in concrete or just dirt?
    Last edited by Sparkey; 24 January 2023, 06:36 AM.

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    My fences are 6 foot chain link and I've never had a break-in. I do have barbed wire on top but these days I think that's over-kill.

    With so many battery operated cutting tools and angle grinders available, today's thief is a lazy SOB that will likely cut your fence instead of trying to climb over. Cutting also makes it easier for him to make off with his loot.

    Corner posts and every 3rd or 4th line post should be in concrete. Your fence contractor will make that call.

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    • #3
      We have 6' chainlink with some nasty barbwire on top. I would do both. The visual of the barbwire is reassuring to customers plus it might force potential thieves to cut their way in creating evidence of the break in.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sparkey View Post
        How tall of fence is everyone putting around their storage facility? I am in a low crime area and have never had a break in. Was wondering if 6' would be to short? Also do most people put barbed wire around the top? One last question is your posts in concrete or just dirt?
        What does your city or county code allow? Many dictat how tall the fence can be and if barbed wire if allowed. I have some 6' some 7' and some 8'

        When you are installing a fence like that you definitely need to cement the posts. Much more weight than your standard 3 or 4' chain-link backyard fencing.

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        • #5
          We have 6' chain link with no barbed wire. All posts in cement. Used black vinyl coated mesh wire.
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          • #6
            I have an 8' fence surrounding the entire property. I don't want barbed wire on top as I don't want to look like a prison. I have a top bar, and a cable strung along the bottom edge. I just had a conversation with my fence contractor on a new expansion, and he said that all the new government contracts he has are requiring a bottom bar, and a cable strung along the top edge. Evidently thinking has changed and they find that more secure and more likely to deter infiltration over/under the fencing.

            Of course, as pointed out above, the easy crime workaround is just to snip through the fence with a $5 pair of bolt cutters and then just walk through...

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            • #7
              As long as you have a great camera system, the height of the fencing doesn't matter much

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              • #8
                I have 6 ft wrought iron in the front, with the poky parts facing out, 8 foot chain link on the right side and back, and 8 ft block wall ending in chain link 10 feet tall on the other side. (a little bit of this, a little bit of that...lol)
                My other facility has 8 ft block wall with concertina wire (barbed wire with razor pieces) atop and 6 foot decorative wrought iron out front.
                "The comeback is always stronger than the setback."
                Mom, Navy Vet, genealogist and voracious reader
                Always sunny in California

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                • #9
                  We also keep an eagle on the heights and release two malnourished German shepherds at dark. Crime has been nonexistent
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by helenatim View Post
                    We also keep an eagle on the heights and release two malnourished German shepherds at dark. Crime has been nonexistent
                    WOW! (poor doggos)
                    "The comeback is always stronger than the setback."
                    Mom, Navy Vet, genealogist and voracious reader
                    Always sunny in California

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KrisinCali View Post

                      WOW! (poor doggos)
                      You do know I am joking, right?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by helenatim View Post

                        You do know I am joking, right?
                        Of course! I was wowing the eagle, my 'poor doggos' was in response to your joke.
                        "The comeback is always stronger than the setback."
                        Mom, Navy Vet, genealogist and voracious reader
                        Always sunny in California

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KrisinCali View Post

                          Of course! I was wowing the eagle, my 'poor doggos' was in response to your joke.
                          Whew! I was worried about you for a second there...

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