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Secret Service Launches Plan to Prevent Fence Jumpers at White House

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

People have been having no trouble jumping the White House fence over the past few years, and now the Secret Service is about to do something about it.

The agency plans to make the security fence about 5 feet taller and add a concrete foundation, News4 I-Team reports.

“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said in the briefing to federal officials.

“(The fence) is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances. And we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence and onto the 18 acres,” Daugherty said in the briefing. 

The current wall is 6 feet tall.

Secret Service Adding Metal Spikes to White House Fence to Stop Would-Be Intruders

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The White House fence is about to become a lot harder to jump.

After embarrassing security gaps, the Secret Service and the National Park Service are adding sharp metal spikes to the fence, The Associated Press reports. 

The spikes are meant to be temporary until a permanent solution is found.

The installation is expected to begin today and will be finished in about six months.

Both federal agencies plan to submit a final design for the fence to prevent would-be intruders from climbing over.

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Secret Service Adds Sharp Spikes to White House Fence to Stop Jumpers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After several embarrassing failures to protect the White House from jumpers, the Secret Service has added sharp metal spikes to the fence, NBC News reports. 

“The temporary design solution for the White House complex fence is meant to improve security, while minimizing visual impacts and respecting the significance of the White House,” the Secret Service and the National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement.

The Secret Service also plans to add an officer’s booth at the entrance of the White House.

Work is expected to begin today.

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