Adequate Protection

Understanding “Adequate Protection”

  1. Regulatory Perspective: Often, regulations provide a baseline of security measures deemed necessary but may not prescribe exhaustive details, leaving room for interpretation. The goal is usually to reasonably deter unauthorized access, not to make it utterly impossible, acknowledging that a determined individual might overcome many security measures.
  2. Multi-layered Security Approach: Effective security often relies on multiple layers of protection, creating deterrents at various levels. This approach doesn’t rely solely on one form of security but instead uses several strategies to make unauthorized access progressively more challenging.

Suggested Security Measures

  1. Physical Barriers: High fences with anti-climb features (e.g., roller bars) are a start. While not foolproof, they serve as a first line of defense and a deterrent to casual trespassers.
  2. Locks and Gates: High-quality locks, potentially with keyless entry systems that are harder to pick, add another layer. Gates should be of solid construction and secured with locks that resist tampering.
  3. Alarm Systems: Alarms and cameras report rather than prevent, but they are a critical component of a comprehensive security strategy. They act as deterrents (when their presence is known) and can alert you or a monitoring service to an intrusion attempt.
  4. Motion Sensors and Lighting: Strategically placed motion-activated lights can deter intruders by increasing the likelihood of detection.
  5. Signage: Posting signs warning against unauthorized entry and indicating surveillance can serve as a psychological barrier.
  6. Secure Storage: For the most valuable or vulnerable items, secure storage within a locked shed or structure within the fenced area can add a significant barrier.
  7. Community or Neighborhood Watch: Engaging with neighbors or community members can provide additional eyes on the area, creating an informal surveillance network.

Legal Considerations and Best Practices

Ultimately, the definition of “adequate protection” can be somewhat subjective and influenced by local norms and regulations. The key is to demonstrate a conscientious effort to secure the area against unauthorized access, especially by those under 21, in line with the intent of the regulations.