Find a map and point your finger to a random location, and chances are there will be a fence located somewhere in that vicinity. Fences are ubiquitous throughout the country for many different reasons that include privacy, security, and aesthetics. Security fences in particular serve a variety of purposes, from protecting charities to saving elephants.
Security Fence for Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an incredibly important organization in America and around the world. It helps more than 30 million people just in America alone to receive the basic necessities of life like food, shelter, and warmth. The Salvation Army’s services are wide ranging, from veterans affairs services, prison ministries, hunger relief, Christmas assistance, youth camps, and emergency disaster relief, just to name a few.
Unfortunately, this vital role in the community did not save the Salvation Army building in Turlock, California from property theft and damage. According to Major Debi Shrum, “We have to clean it up almost every day. Our flag ropes got stolen, and our sign letters have been ripped off.” Even worse, the property is often littered with drug paraphernalia and subjected to theft. As a result, the Salvation Army approved new fencing around the multipurpose building that will be made of wrought iron with swinging automatic gates and two pedestrian gates. With the right construction, this fence will help keep employees and participants at the Salvation Army safe and comfortable.
Saving the Walayar Elephants
Walayar, a small developing town in India, is experiencing a major problem: highspeed trains are killing elephants that stray too close to the tracks. Last year, a unique rail fencing project was completed at Karnataka’s Nagarhole National Park to prevent conflict between humans and elephants, and now the same fencing project is underway to save Walayar’s wild elephants. The new fences will actually use discarded rails to keep elephants off the tracks.
This safety fence project is coming just in time, as a wild tusker was run over by a passenger train at the end of November, marking the 25th elephant to be killed in that area. “Rail fences are more economical and environment-friendly than trenches, solar electric fences, and elephant-proof walls,” explained Divisional Forest Officer K. Karthikeyan.