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Secret Service: White House Fence Is About To Become 5 Feet Taller

April 28, 2016

The United States Secret Service is going to raise the height of the White House Fence five feet higher in response to those that wish to jump over it. The White House Fence currently stands a little less than eight feet tall which isn’t that hard for a prospective trespasser to climb over.


The Secret Service plans to put the project in motion before 2018.

“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 during an audio briefing to federal officials. The audio briefing describes the details of the project and it is expected to be presented on May 5th during a meeting with the National Capital Planning Commission.

(Joseph Caputo, 22, of Stamford, Connecticut jumps the White House fence last fall.)

white house jumperwhite house jumper 2Last year to deter people from climbing over the fence, “anti-climb” features were added to the fence. The top of the fences now have small spikes on them which are called “pencil points.”

Additionally for the project, the fence will have pickets that are nearly two inches in length and the gate entrances will become taller as well.

Do you think making the fence five feet taller will deter people from climbing over the fence onto White House grounds?