Pros and Cons of Security Fences

Security Fence

Feeling a little uneasy about your property’s security? Maybe you think a security fence would give you some peace of mind that your family and belongings are well-protected. It might. The important thing is to carefully investigate what a security fence can and can’t do for you.

In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of security fences.

What is a Security Fence?

A security fence is any kind of enclosure that prevents unauthorized access to a home, business or property. How to choose the best security fence for your home? Look for a tall, durable, strong — maybe even an intimidating — fence that will deter burglars and other would-be intruders.

Keep in mind that no security fence is intruder-proof.

Qualities of a dependable security fence include:

  • See-through to deter intruders and vandalism
  • At least 6 feet tall
  • Hard to climb
  • Difficult to cut or bypass
  • Has a security lock

Pros of a Security Fence

Wrought Iron Security Fence
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Crime Deterrence

The most obvious advantage of having a security fence is to deter criminals from entering your property or making it difficult for them to succeed. 

Researcher Joseph B. Kuhns at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte conducted a study in which he interviewed 422 incarcerated burglars about why they chose the homes they burgled and the factors that deter them from robbing others. The study indicated that for many burglars, tall fences with tops that were difficult to climb over (such as wrought iron fences with pointed rails) deterred them because escape would be difficult. 

Insurance Discounts

You could be eligible for a discount on your homeowners insurance if your fence meets specific requirements, such as height, fence material, and the presence of a self-closing gate. Check with your insurance provider to determine if you’re eligible and what the requirements for your security fence would be.


Some security fences provide plenty of privacy for backyard and poolside relaxation. Privacy-prioritized security fences in front yards also prevent people from seeing through the front of your house.

Beware: Privacy fences can have security drawbacks. Many burglars are drawn to privacy fences because they can do their bad guy stuff without being seen. Neighborhood watch patrols cannot keep an eye on your property if it’s obstructed by a privacy fence. 

Accessibility Controls

A security fence with a locking gate will help ensure unwanted visitors and animals remain out of the safe space you’ve created for you and your family. 

Property Value

A security fence increases the value of your home. This is particularly true if your security fence is aesthetically pleasing enough to boost your home’s curb appeal. 

Cons of a Security Fence


As you might’ve guessed, installing a security fence, or any type of fence, is usually a costly undertaking. The average backyard security fence costs anywhere from $2,500 to $7,000, depending on the length and materials. You’ll have to weigh the cost with the benefits, but many decide that the added protection and peace of mind are well worth it.


Security fences made of wood will need more maintenance — painting and staining — over the years. Vinyl and composite security fences, on the other hand, are low maintenance, as you won’t need to paint or stain them regularly.

Whether you choose wood, vinyl, or composite might require further research to learn about their differences. Vinyl (PVC) and composite can be cost-effective in the long run because upkeep is so minimal and you don’t have to paint or stain them.

FAQ About Security Fences

How much will a gate cost for my security fence?

Depending on what type of gate you install, it will usually add $175 to $1,200 to the cost of your security fence.

Are there any steps I need to take before installing my security fence?

Check your homeowner’s association rules to ensure you can build one in your area. Also, check your city’s codes to see if there are any special rules or zoning restrictions about building fences in your town. 

What can I do to make my wood or vinyl fence more secure?

Building a tall fence, installing security cameras and anti-climbing devices, and adding anti-climbing paint are a few things you can do to increase your wood fence’s security. 

When to Hire a Security Fence Pro

Security fences tend to be pretty heavy-duty; the same goes for installing them. Especially if you have uneven terrain, building a fence can be arduous. There’s a reason why professionals are specially trained to install them, because the job often requires finesse and expertise. If you’re not a fan of DIY, Fence Gnome connects you to the best fencing pros near you who will build the perfect security fence for your home.

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Zach Bridgeman

Zachery Bridgeman is a writer who grew up in Alabama and currently lives in Pittsburgh. He enjoys writing fiction, painting, and exploring the city in his free time.