What is razor wire and is it legal?
The razor wire is a kind of security element, a mesh of metal strips with sharp edges whose purpose is to prevent unauthorized passing to a designated area. When compared to the traditional barbed wire, razor wire is sharper and it is nearly impossible for a person or animal to pass through without any injury. It is named razor because of the shape of sharp edges, but they are not real razors. The edges are sharp enough to rip and snag the clothes and flesh.
You can use razor wire only by itself or most popularly place and attach it on a fence system. Is razor wire effective? The multiple blades of a razor-wire fence are designed to make deep cuts to people who try to climb on so it has an effective psychological deterrent.
So what is razor-wire used for? The use of razor-wire started in the late 1960s in prisons and mental hospitals. As it is more deterrent, it started to replace the barbed wire. It is commonly used at military installations and other types of governmental facilities. Today razor-wire is also vastly preferred at residents. The main application places are:
- Military installations,
- Other governmental buildings,
- Industrial facilities (factories and storage areas),
- Residents ( Villas, detached houses, etc.)
There are so many different areas and purposes for razor-wire use. Different purposes create different types of wires which we will see below.
The Types of Razor-Wire
The types of razor-wire change according to some parameters which are the shape, raw material, structure, and coil type.
According to the material, the types of razor-wires are galvanized, PVC coated, and stainless steel, unlike barbed-wire which is available only as plain steel and galvanized. Stainless steel is a good material because it is used in order to reduce corrosion from rusting. On the other hand, PVC coated has also very good corrosion resistance because it is highly resistant to water and moisture.
Razor-wire is also characterized according to the shape of the barbs which are:
- Short barb (has barbs from 10mm-12mm long)
- Medium barb (20-22 mm)
- Long barb (60-66mm)
This is not an official categorization, but these are the main types according to shape.
When it comes to the structure, the types and the definitions are getting complicated. We should know that there isn’t a general acceptance of the types throughout the world. The structures are mainly the same but naming varies according to countries. But, there are mainly 5 types according to the structure which are:
- Straight razors,
- Spiral (helical) coils,
- Concertina (clipped) coils,
- Flat wrapped,
- Welded mesh panels.
The types mainly change according to the purposes. You can choose different products and different types that fit your needs. On the other hand, weather conditions are important about the types of razors. If you are in a rainy place, you should choose PVC coated or stainless steel. You should not forget that razor wires are so sharp and may give harm to the people easily. So is razor wire legal? Now we will talk about this.
Is Razor Wire Legal to Use?
Razor wire is so common and the usage of it increases day by day. There is a big wonder among our customers about the legislative situation of razor-wire because of it2s dangerous nature. So is razor-wire illegal? The answer is mainly no. Because some countries forbid the use of razor-wire, but there is no legal restriction about it at most of the countries. For example, Norway has restrictions about any type of barbed or razor wire except in combination with other types of fencing, to protect animals from possible injuries. Generally, the restrictions are about to protect wildlife and nature.
So as a result, there are no legal restrictions about the use of razor-wire. Of course, there may be some different decisions from some regional administrations. It would be better to check all the legislation before using razor-wire. And, of course, in order not to harm any innocent living form, we should take the necessary precautions while using it.
Saglam Fence company is in the fence market so many years and has so many years of experience. You can contact us at any time for any kind of questions and assistance.
There are so many FAQ (frequently asked questions) about razor-wire. Here are the two of them.
Where Can We Use Razor-Wire?
As we mentioned in our article before, generally military zones, the border of countries, airports, and private companies are ideal places for the use of razor-wire for security reasons. It is also possible to use private properties. There is no restriction about it.
How Much is the Cost of Razor-wire?
The cost of the razor-wire mesh fence varies according to the size of the place, the conditions of the territory, the weather, and some other variables. So it would be wrong to give a number about the cost. For more information, you can contact us.
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