They will not climb the fence.
by Lorna Corwin
The tip I have is for stopping intruders from climbing walls and fences. I read your advice not to have fencing that can’t be seen through, I have read that advice at law enforcement web pages too so I know that is good advice, but for a number of good reasons we prefer a solid fence around the back yard. The most important of these reasons is our beautiful Norwegian Forest cat. He loves to roam around out there and it is something we let him do whenever we can.
But on to our yard fencing security tip. We did not want spikes along the fence and believe we have found something much better both for keeping burglars from climbing and something that looks delightful. My hub fixed trellis all along the top of the fencing.
You will know the style I mean, only about two feet high, so it does increase the height of the fence a bit, in a criss cross pattern. It is quite light weight so it does not need a lot of support and breaks fairly easily, this is a good thing! If someone were to try and climb on it, as soon as they put their weight on the trellis it would break, and it makes quite a ruckus! Its like it has a built in alarm bell! The wooden trellis slats leave sharp ends when they break too, another disincentive to climb.
I would be a shame though to have that trellis there and not use it for its proper use. So we have trained a climbing rose along it. Not only is this rose, (Don Juan,) spectacular with beautiful red blooms, it is also very thorny. Who is going to try and climb that?
Naturally it takes a time to get the roses all the way along, but well worth the wait. But even without the rose the trellis itself will, I’m sure, keep out intruders. Of course that is not the only thing that we do for our security, we do have an alarm installed, but I thought I’d pass the tip along as it is worth knowing.