SECURITY WALLS – A FALSE SENSE OF PROTECTION
In Sweden there are three protection classes for security walls. Neither of them take power tools into account. For a wall to be certified, only hand tools are allowed and the wall has to withstand an attack with hammers, axes and crowbars for a set period of time. But what good does that do you when a perpetrator pulls out a reciprocating saw and gets through your wall in under a minute?
NOT IN TUNE WITH TIME
Protection classes are a good thing. The problem today is that they’re not updated to the challenge that modern power tools pose. In many cases, people and companies are only interested in achieving the protection class required by their insurance company. Thinking a little further, you may come to realize that there are potentially costly consequences to this.
Downtime, material damage and a lower payout from the insurance company than the cost to replace what you lost, are part of this backlash. At this point it’s timely to remind you that we’re writing this article from a Swedish perspective. That said, it’s probably a good idea to check the protection classes in your country to learn what they’re designed to withstand. And for how long. Especially if you decide that no-one stealing from you is more important than what your insurance company requires.
FOCUS ON THE DOOR
Another trap is to only invest in a potent security door. The higher classes are difficult to breach even with power tools. But what about the wall? In Sweden, a protection class 3 wall is only required to protect against a hand-tool attack for ten minutes. Such a wall can be breached with a power tool in no time at all.
GO WIDE AND HEAVY
So what to do? Well, there are options should you decide you don’t want visitors in specific areas. You can fortify your walls with steel or concrete. The issue here is that you’d require quite a lot of it in order to stop power tools that are designed to breach even these materials. And the thicker the steel, the more it costs. And of course, weighs. It’s however possible to construct walls from these materials that pose a real challenge for power tools, but at a price.
MORE NEXT WEEK
We’re constantly looking to learn more about protection and we want to share what we learn with you. That’s why we’ve interviewed an experienced protection expert about construction walls, standards and protection in general. The interview will be available on our website shortly, check back soon!
WHERE WE FIT INTO THE PICTURE
This is where we found our reason to be. Just as power tools are designed to cut, saw and breach all kinds of materials, our anti-cut panels are designed to stop them. At a price, sure, but without adding loads of weight and the need for a lot of space. And the thicker the wall, the less space there is to let or use.