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Beware the electric fence you install

Electric fences are one of the first lines of defence against criminals, but installing the wrong fence will provide little protection and can even land a home owner in trouble.

South African laws require electric fences to be certified with an electric fence system certificate of compliance (EFC).

The new laws dictate that an electric fence must be installed by a registered installer, it must have warning signs, and the output must fall within an acceptable range.

While legal compliance is obviously very important, many experts say that installing the right electric fence is just as important if you want to keep criminals out.

Poor electric fences can easily be scaled or bent over, and provide little protection against experienced criminals.