Electric fences are considered a good deterrent against burglars

Living in a spacious property is a dream for many.

However, such a property comes with a few problems – most importantly, security.

Keeping their home and family safe from burglars has become a challenge for property owners who have security guards and guard dogs.

These days, many homeowners have resorted to installing electric fencing, as is the case with older homes in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

StarMetro challenged some homeowners with these “thief-proof” fences.

Mostly installed on corner units, thin electrical wires were run over fences or walls with small signs saying “Danger”.

Owners talked about what made them want electric fences to be put in place, while electric fence providers, local authorities and the Energy Commission (EC) voiced their concerns about the safety and legal implications.

For safety reasons

Wong Hung Nung from Kuala Lumpur is one of those who installed electric fences in his home.

Concerned for the safety of his wife and two daughters, he was looking for a good security system when a friend suggested an electric fence.

Wong immediately surfed the web for more information.

“I found it to be a more attractive alternative to conventional alarms and grilles.

A corner lot in Kelana Jaya with an electric fence and a sign of danger.

“Bars often block the view from the windows and are not aesthetically pleasing.

“As far as the alarm is concerned, the burglar has most likely already entered the house by the time it is triggered.

“I wanted something that would deter and prevent break-ins,” he said.

In 2013, Wong hired a third party contractor for RM 21,000 to install the electric fence around his 7,000 square foot home in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur.

His neighbor Andrew Ng, who also had electric fences installed, said robbers are usually deterred just by looking at them.

“Imagine two houses, one with an electric fence and the other without. Which one do you think is more likely to break down?

“The electric fence will certainly scare away burglars,” he said.

However, Ng said it is important for homeowners to obtain approval from the relevant authorities before installing the fence to ensure safety and prevent any nasty incident.

He suggested that they turn to Energy Commission (EC) licensed contractors for important advice on the technical aspects of installing electric fences.

The owner of a corner unit in Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya, who chose to remain anonymous, said he inherited the electric fence from the previous owner.

Most animals, like birds, should be safe from electric fences.Most animals, like birds, should be safe from electric fences.

“The previous owner fixed it when the house was broken into in the past. We kept using it, ”he said.

Fencing, he said, did not kill any animal such as birds or stray cats.

He admitted to accidentally touching the wire once and said that aside from an instant reflex to let go of the wire, he was not injured.

“We were told that the current in the cable is low voltage and would not endanger people or animals who can quickly move away,” he added.

The owner also said the fencing doesn’t add to a high electricity bill as the electricity works around the clock.

A neighbor, he added, has followed suit and installed the electric fence to keep robbers out, especially during these tough economic times.

Licensed providers

Kenny Yee, director of electric fence supplier Efence Solutions Sdn Bhd, said before giving his approval for the fence, the energy commission will review the plan and later inspect the installation.

Only after the installation has been approved will the provider receive the green light.

“We submit the wiring diagram to the commission.

“We only install with the approval of the Commission.

“Once installed, the commission will conduct an on-site inspection,” said Yee.

According to Ng, homeowners must obtain approval from the authorities before installing the electric fence.According to Ng, homeowners must obtain approval from the authorities before installing the electric fence.

The voltage running in the cable is between 1,000 and 9,000 kilowatts.

“It’s known as the ‘hot line’.

“You will immediately let go of your grip when you touch it, but you will not die from it.

“In animals, we have found that only those who cannot move or loosen their grip quickly, like snakes and lizards, will die.

“We notice that they only stick to the wire.

“However, cats and birds are safe when they come into contact with the wire,” said Yee, who has also installed such fences in dignitaries’ homes.

Yee added that in his five years of installing electric fences, he has seen an increase in demand in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur and that the electric cables are being installed during property renovations.

“In the past, homeowners wanted to prevent wild animals such as wild boars or monkeys from entering their homes.

Wong says he prefers electric fences over traditional alarms and bars.Wong says he prefers electric fences over traditional alarms and bars.

“These days the wires are being installed to prevent intruders,” he said.

He also said there have been requests from home buyers in new townships that used to be forests to keep wild animals out. “The problem is that we invaded the animal habitat by building our townships there,” he added.

Meanwhile, licensed electric fence contractor Chan Boon Liang of Taman Tun told Dr. Ismail that many contractors are now offering installation service.

The key component of the electric fence, he said, was the energizer, which would send a small voltage across the fence every second.

“Once the fence is operational, it will give a little jerk to anyone who comes in contact.

“It will sting, but not enough to harm a person.

According to the guidelines of the Energy Commission, the electric fence must not be less than 1.5 m above the ground.According to the guidelines of the Energy Commission, the electric fence must not be less than 1.5 m above the ground.

“You can also set the system to send a warning to your mobile phone when the fence is touched.

“That way you know if a break-in was attempted,” he added.

Chan said the wires could shock animals like dogs and cats, but they won’t harm them.

“The low voltage is not enough to injure animals. The initial shock will only put them off, ”he said.

The guide to installing electric fences, issued by the Energy Commission in 2010, states that the fence must not be less than 1.5 m above the ground.

Applicants are also required to provide their property address, contractor name, full plan and technical specifications before approval can be granted.

An Energy Commission official will visit the property at the time of installation to ensure that established standards are met before it is ready for use.

Another question to consider is who will be held liable if an intruder is injured.

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