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Dakabin State High School secured with a Bluedog SecuraTop security fence

Dakabin State High School secured with a Bluedog SecuraTop security fence

23rd Jan 2016

A SecuraTop® school security fencing and gate system was installed at Dakabin State High School in Dakabin north of Brisbane. The 2.1 metre high powder coated tubular steel security fence system is compliant with the DETE school security specification and was installed around the perimeter school.The scope involved some 1,200 metres of school security fencing and multiple single and double manual swing gates. The fencing and gates were wholly fabricated and powder coated in-house by Bluedog. We have supplied similar fencing to DETA schools at Strathpine and Logan.

Some of the specific features of the Bluedog fence system supplied:

  • Use of pregalvanised precision steel tube with a zinc coating mass of 275 grams/ square meter (inside and outside of tube combined).
  • Bluedog Eternity® hinges were fitted to the gates with a greasable tapered roller bearing arrangement at the bottom and adjustable sealed bearing arrangement at top. This heavy duty and long lasting hinge assembly will give many years of smooth and trouble free operation.Bluedog SmartaBrackets® were used to secure the panels to the posts. These are a heavy duty 3mm steel security bracket that is far more vandal and corrosion resistant than light weight zinc plated shrouds.
  • Bluedog Bolt’nLock® locking hardware arrangement with a 20mm slide bolt and twin Broadhurst lockboxes into which shackleless locks are inserted for greater vandal resistance.

School security fencing has been shown to be a highly cost effective security measure across Australia in reducing the damage to schools by way of arson, vandalism and theft. They are also effective in preventing person who are not part of the school community from approaching and interacting with young students and in preventing anti-social behaviour in and around the school. The following is a list of pubically reported historical statistics on the damage to queensland schools due to vandalism and arson:

  • $9.5 million of damage due to vandalism (January-October 2015) (1)
  • $468,742 of damage (January-October 2015) non-arson related destruction (1)
  • $12.7 million of damage due to vandalism in 2014. Smashed windows and graffiti being the most commonly reported incidents (1)
  • $100,000 of damage and 15 break-ins with more than 100 windows smashed at Robina High School (4)
  • 30 cases of arson attacks in schools in 2012 (3)
  • $3 million of damage due to arson at Wavell Heights State School (3)
  • $600,000 of damage in just over two years at Gold Coast schools cleaning up 475 separate vandalism attacks on classrooms (2)
  • $312,163 of damage and 235 incidents of vandalism at Coast schools between July 2013 and June 2014 (2)
  • $3.35 million damage at Mansfield State School (1)
  • $469,000 damage to the arts block and computer room at Southport State High School (1)
  • $2 million damage to the school hall at Glenmore State High School Rockhampton (1)
  • 314 windows broken in one incident at Beerwah State High School (1)

References

1. The Sunday Mail 2010
2. Gold Coast Bulletin 2015 
3. Bmag 2012
4. The Brisbane Times 2015

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