The White House has now approved new steel spikes to put atop the outside security fence. The National Park Service, which oversees the White House grounds, is considering the additional measures to reduce the risk of gate jumpers in the future. According to a local news report, the spikes will remain in place through next year until a new permanent fence can be constructed.
The National Park Service is also thinking about make the fence higher – up to 10 feet. They may also add a secondary fence, just inside the main one. The agency has ruled out other security provisions, such as a barbed wire, a moat, and an electrified fence.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) stated she wants to see the spikes crafted in a fashion in which they do not look intimidating enough that people would not want to visit the White House. Dan Bongino, an former Secret Service agent, stated security improvements around the fence have been need for a long time. On September 19, 2014, United States Army veteran, Omar Gonzalez, climbed the main White House fence and was able to get access to the mansion before being apprehended by Secret Service agents.
By Alex Lemieux
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