Protecting your home from intruders begins with choosing the most effective outdoor security measures. Popular choices include anti-climb paint and anti-climb fencing, both designed to make climbing into or around your premises more difficult. However, you may be wondering which is more effective and whether you should invest in paint or fencing to deter would-be criminals.
In this article, we explain the difference between these two techniques and explore the pros and cons of each.
What Is Anti-climb Paint?
- Simply put, anti-climb paint creates a slippery surface when applied that makes it near-impossible to achieve a grip on the said surface. As the name suggests, this results in the surface being highly difficult to climb. Other names for this paint include anti-intruder paint and non-drying paint.
Pros of Anti-climb Paint
- Cost-effective: Anti-climb paint is generally cheaper than erecting fences, making it a more cost-effective choice for those with limited budget.
- Highly difficult to climb: Due to the slippery, oily nature of anti-climb paint, intruders will find it highly difficult to climb on the surface it’s applied to.
- Can do it yourself: Like with any paint, you can apply the coats yourself – as long as you take relevant precautions (as anti-climb paint stains clothing and skin).
Cons of Anti-climb Paint
- Legal Restrictions: There are a few legal restrictions to be mindful of. Premises owners have a duty of care to those on their property, whether or not those persons have a legal right to be there. When using anti-climb paint, you must provide warning signs that can be seen from all angles of approach to highlight the hazard. If you have not provided adequate warning signs, you are liable to be sued for anyone suffering injury on your property – even if they were there illegally. You must also avoid using the paint on surfaces that join onto a public highway. Always ask for advice from the local crime prevention team if you’re unsure about the legality of using anti-climb paint.
- Can cause issues for pet-owners: Animals cannot read warning signs, and therefore may come into contact with the non-drying paint on your property, bringing it into the household and potentially causing a mess to the interiors. It is also not recommended for households near aquatic life or with ponds.
- Care must be taken when applying: The paint shouldn’t be used for surfaces that receive regular contact from visitors or those dwelling/working at a site. It should also be applied high up so that the general public remains unaffected. Therefore the paint is only recommended for window ledges, guttering and other areas that criminals may target for climbing. It also stains clothes and skin, so take care when applying.