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Razor Wire

Razor wire (also referred to as barbed tape or ribbon) is used to protect boundaries and/or perimeters by preventing or dissuading passage by humans. Razor wire’s points are made very sharp and meant for ripping clothes and flesh as it follows the curves in the body when a person tries to cross over them. Razor wire acts both as a physical and psychological deterrent. Razor wire/barbed tape is prohibited in some countries due to its potentially dangerous nature.

Types of Razor Wire

  • Razor Wire Fence
  • Concertina Razor Coils
  • Razor Wire Flat Wrap Coils
  • Welded Razor Wire
  • Razor Ribbon
  • Razor Wire Mobile Security Barrier
  • Galvanized Razor Wire
  • Straight Line Razor Wire Fence
  • Stainless Steel Razor Wire
  • Razor Wire Concertina
  • Double Concertina Razor Wire

Barbed Wire vs. Razor Wire

Razor wire is a flexible, sturdy metal tape with long thin steel spear-like razor-sharp barbs that can be used to keep away unwanted intruders. It catches clothing or pierces through flesh and any other obstacles in its way – making it an effective tool for securing an area against intrusion. It’s difficult to circumvent the barrier of razor wire without proper tools.

Barbed wire is a cost-effective and versatile option for many different barrier applications. It has sharp pointed spikes/barbs along its edges that are meant to deter intruders from scaling it easily or stopping intruders before they have even arrived at their destination. Barbed wire can cause puncture wounds for those trying to circumvent this type of barrier. Barbed wire is an alternative to the more expensive razor wire, but it has lower performance and less deterrent effect than razor wire.

Razor Wire and Perimeter Security

Detection at the perimeter enables security personnel to quickly assess and respond to security events while intruders remain delayed or caught up in the razor wire. Any attempt to cut, bypass or disturb the razor wire is immediately detected. Senstar’s fence-mounted perimeter intrusion detection sensors, including the FlexZone locating fence-mounted sensor and FiberPatrol fiber-optic intrusion detection sensor, are designed to be installed on razor wire and enhance its effectiveness at providing perimeter security.

Areas of Use

  • Military installations
  • Government buildings
  • Industrial facilities
  • Airports
  • Prisons
  • Borders
  • Hospitals

Posted in: Perimeter Security Info