London, Great Britain (PRWEB) March 21, 2008
A major security alert could have been avoided at Heathrow airport as a man with a rucksack easily scaled the security fencing and ran into the path of an aircraft. Vandgard Rotating Anti Climb Guard is a more effective, safe alternative that could have stopped the intruder.
The alert, which might have been avoided if the perimeter fence had been more effective, came a day before the Queen opens Heathrow's new Terminal 5 building.
Understandably there are now questions to answer and a tongue-in-cheek blog on Google suggested "There should be an inquiry as to why he wasn't cut to pieces by the razor wire?"
The security fencing at Heathrow is mostly standard fencing that is easy to cut and to climb. As for razor wire, it's not that good unless there is a lot of it and you can't use it in public places.
Security fencing has made great technical advances in recent years and Vandgard's Rotating Anti Climb Guard is now used at some airports and by the Metropolitan Police and DoE because it is the most effective anti climb device. "It physically rolls away intruders with proven delay times up to 20 times longer than barbed wire."
Unlike razor wire, which can form mantraps, or impaling spikes which are often illegal and can also present a dangerous hazard to employees working overhead or nearby, Vandgard is not designed with intent to cause serious harm, it's rotating action creates an unstable barrier which rolls if anyone attempts to climb over it. Visually it is a clear warning in itself and so does not contravene either the Health or Safety at Work Act, COSHH regulations or any other civil or criminal laws.
Vandgard Anti Climb Guards Ltd are members of The Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers
All situations where serious vandalism or theft is likely and particularly where Public Liability legislation applies. Also in environmentally sensitive areas where an inoffensive appearance is important. Examples include commercial and industrial sites, schools, vehicle parking areas, domestic, sports and leisure areas.
The event was reported by BBC news item "Man arrested over Heathrow alert"
Source : BBC News England London Thursday, 13 March 2008, 18:59 GMT