Fracking Sites in the UK: The Security Checklist

By K9 Patrol 22/12/16, Posted in Latest News

In recent years activists are taking more confrontational action to prevent energy firms drilling for shale gas within the UK, and it is so important now more than ever to consider the security measures that need to be implemented on fracking sites. The rise in the negative media coverage of fracking practices means that it is vital that the industry considers the most relevant, specific and effective security measures.

How can K9 help?

As an experienced security company within the UK, we offer a number of different solutions for your fracking security needs, including:

Site Security

As fracking is currently such a controversial issue within the UK, it is so important to keep the perimeter secure to avoid confrontational disruptions and vandalism. Security patrol services can monitor the perimeter and ensure the location is secure. The presence of static security guards can also ensure that equipment and machinery is kept safe from any potential vandalism, damage or sabotage.

Personal Security

With emotions running, there have been several reports involving attacks and violence. Thus, it is critical to ensure the safety of all those involved, for example, officials evaluating potential fracking sites, and indeed workers. Manned security guards  can protect the people involved and also defer and control any outbursts of potential violence from protestors or activists. Security guards can ensure all involved are safe.

Static dog handling teams

A highly trained mobile response dog unit can carry out random mobile security patrols. Therefore, any opportunist intruders will struggle to detect a pattern and will not know when our security guards are likely to be present. Plus, security dogs will complete a full perimeter search and if a security dog finds the scent of an intruder they will lead the handler to this intruder. Potential intruders often avoid a site altogether when they realise the site is protected by a dog handling unit. Consequently, the presence of a mobile patrol acts as a strong deterrent.

Rapid response to intrusion

As well as making regular and random security patrols on the sites, we are also able to respond quickly if you are worried that someone is on the site or if someone is causing a disturbance. Whether you want your workers or equipment safeguarding or you would like intruders removed from the area, then call us and we will get to you as quickly as possible.

Perimeter Security & Intruder Detection Systems

As well as mobile security patrols, we also offer Electronic Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems which can be vital for sites such as Fracking sites. Having a reliable and efficient risk-deterrent perimeter security system can be critical. At K9 Patrol, the wireless alarm systems are supported by a 24 Hour Support Control Centre, where the systems are constantly monitored for activity. Once an alarm is activated by a potentially disruptive and/or aggressive intruder, we deploy a fully trained mobile response team where we will complete a full perimeter search.

K9 Patrol recognises that Fracking is a very controversial issue within the UK in recent years. The Government website states that “the health, safety and environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing (often termed ‘fracking’) as a means to extract shale gas can be managed effectively in the UK as long as operational best practices are implemented and enforced through regulation.”


Relevant security systems such as CCTV also act as strong preventative. CCTV can record and monitor any security threats and suspicious behaviour.  As CCTV can record any potential anti-social behaviour, CCTV consequently can often discourage and prevent any anti-social, disruptive, or violent activity associated with anti-fracking activists.

Overall, one of the biggest concerns facing fracking sites are the threats to security. Due to the controversial nature of Fracking, fracking sites can be prime targets for intruders, activists and protestors. Thus, it is vital to put measures in place to protect the people involved and assets. If you would like some more expert advice on the different security measures, we can provide you with all of the information you need. As an SIA approved Security Company, we are a dependable and cautious security service, that will implement all the security considerations that a Fracking site would need.

If you’d like to find out more about our security services for your fracking site, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

You can call us on 01423 551526 or email us at


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