Secret Service: White House Fence Is About To Become 5 Feet TallerA sign warning of a restricted area is posted on the temporary barricade in front of the fence line to the White House in Washington, DC, October 23, 2014. A suspect who climbed over the White House fence on October 22 was nabbed by Secret Service agents and dogs, a spokesman for the elite agency said. "At approximately 7:16 pm (1116 GMT), an individual climbed the north fence line of the White House," the spokesman said. "The individual was immediately taken into custody on the north lawn of the White House by Secret Service Uniformed Division K-9 teams and Uniformed Division Officers." The fence climber was identified as 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya from Marlyand, near the US capital, the spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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.)
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?