Pulse fence stops diesel thieves

Issue 6 2021 Access Control & Identity Management

AT Brown (Coaches) is a premier coach company based in Telford, England, that has been operated by the same family for over 100 years. After moving to larger premises in the town’s Hortonwood Industrial Estate in 2005, AT Brown began suffering from constant diesel theft.

Despite having installed CCTV cameras and employing mobile patrols, AT Brown owner, Ewen MacLeod, says the diesel theft problem continued for the first eight years on the new site. “Thieves were coming through the security fence and syphoning fuel out of the coaches. The investment in CCTV cameras and mobile patrols wasn’t paying off.”

Retrofitting the right solution

Gallagher partnered with SPG Security Systems UK to provide a perimeter security solution that would let AT Brown get back to running their business.

A Gallagher monitored pulse fence was installed around the whole site, including the large double leaf access gates. The monitored pulse fence was easily retrofitted to AT Brown’s existing security fence, making it a cost-effective option that could be quickly installed without any disruption to the business.

“SPG and Gallagher very quickly got to know what our requirement was and installed it around us,” says MacLeod. “There was no impact whatsoever on us running the business.”

Gallagher strategic business development manager Kevin Godfrey says the monitored pulse fence provided deterrence and detection for the whole site. “It’s a really simple, effective solution that has negated the need for guard patrols and a CCTV system.”

The fence can be armed or disarmed with the building alarm or a keypad and any break-ins are notified on a phone, through the building alarm system.

Highly effective results

Since the monitored pulse fence was installed, there have been no further incidents at AT Brown. The fence provides a powerful visual and practical deterrent to would-be thieves, preventing further break-ins and resulting in happy staff and children getting to school on time in the mornings.

“Everyone feels more secure, which is a very important factor,” says MacLeod. “Now we can just carry on running our business the way we want to.”


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