Investing in Maintenance

To save money, time, reputation, and prolong asset security we have to invest in maintenance. So far we have covered several topics in our quest for safer installation and access methods for 358 security mesh from health & safety challenges surrounding security fence installations and maintenance to the importance of maintaining perimeter security and even taking a look at Heras, raising the bar on installation safety with the QAB equipment. Now, let’s rewind and go back to the principles of why we are putting a security fence in place.

  • To prevent unauthorised access to an area✔️

  • To deter opportunist thieves✔️

  • To detect the area under attack✔️

  • To delay a determined subject’s attack✔️

  • To allow an appropriate reaction✔️

All these principles have the intention to deny access to your asset, whether it is a staff car park, the hub of your company’s data centre, or the perimeter of a nuclear power station, physical security will always be a requirement.


Depending on your asset value or sensitivity the fence may be accompanied by other measures. Perimeter Intrusion Detection (PID) systems, razor wire, or fence electrification. If the asset is of critical national infrastructure (CNI) or defence value, a Quick Reaction Force may be deployable to deal with any attacks or attempted breaches to a perimeter and even conduct routine patrols. The physical security measures may also have to counter the threat of wildlife, preventing rabbits, badgers, or foxes from burrowing beneath the fence, once inside a perimeter wildlife may inadvertently cause damage to data and electric cables leading to a whole host of problems from power outages to loss of communications.

damaged fence line requiring maintenance and repair work

Damaged fencing

Once a fence and attached security measures have been installed, it doesn’t stop there. We must consider regular maintenance of systems and fences. Nature doesn’t stop once a fence is in place, trees will still grow next to fences and may lead to damage to the fence in high winds but will also grow boughs over the fence which would assist any “would-be attacker” with the ability to climb a rope, a covert method of entry without touching the fence. A fence will always degrade over long periods of time rust, moss, and nature. Regular pre-planned maintenance and security surveys will always prove more cost-effective than reactive maintenance. A team of tree surgeons employed for 1 or 2 days a year to keep trees from damaging fence lines will always be cheaper than a tree falling onto a security fence at 3 o’clock in the morning during a storm leading to a very costly repair to a fence, breach in security and an exorbitant bill for an out of hours tree surgeon. A service schedule for automated gates and turnstiles will also be far more cost-effective than the fall out of a gate jamming open or closed.


QAB Systems can facilitate pre-planned maintenance as well as reactive maintenance through the use of QAB brackets specifically designed for the maintenance of security fencing.

If it is pre-planned maintenance you are after then the fall restraint bracket is the tool for you. This bracket is a work positioning tool that enables the operator to safely and efficiently maneuver the fence to carry out maintenance works. QAB bubble brackets prove to be a strong reactive maintenance tool. Operating in sets to form a temporary fixing system they create a secure bubble around a section of fencing while repairs are underway.


Want more information on how the QAB System can help you maintain your site security? Or ready to book a demo? Contact our Business Development Specialist Gary at for a chat.