Considering cost as well as effectiveness, chain-link fencing provides homeowners with the best option for security fences.
When using chain-link fencing to provide security, strive for a height of 6’ or greater and a thickness of at least 9-gauge. Avoid solid barriers when erecting security fences. For, while a visual barrier is desirable when erecting privacy walls, it is counterproductive for security, affording trespassers a place to hide.
Thus the virtue of chain-link fencing: it is strong, yet see-through. Wrought iron also makes for good security fences, for the same reasons. But while wrought iron is much more attractive than chain-link fencing, it is also much more expensive. [source: Pauls Valley, OK Police Department]
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