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Yet Another SJC Fence Hopper Security Breach

Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:17 pm

5th one in 1-year.

What is going on? Is fence hopping becoming a hobby in Silicon Valley?



Latest airport fence breach renews focus on persistent problem

Nearly a year after a high-profile security breach at Mineta San Jose International Airport, little seems to have been done to bolster what has proven to be a repeatedly exposed vulnerability: 6 miles of perimeter fence that doesn't do its job of keeping people out.

That was evident yet again on Tuesday when a 20-year-old woman apparently hopped the fence and was spotted walking across the tarmac by a UPS driver.

The fifth security breach in less than a year at the San Jose airport once again has politicians in the nation's capitol renewing calls for more significant security upgrades.

"I don't know of any other airport in the country that has had five security breaches this year," said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Hayward, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, who described the repeated breaches in San Jose as "alarming."


http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-cou...eached-airport-security-identified

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RE: Yet Another SJC Fence Hopper Security Breach

Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:55 pm

I have to wonder how much the publicity given to the Hawaiian stow-away has contributed to the increase of (reported) SJC breaches.

I do know that this will only lead to increased scrutiny and the possible removal of our beloved spotting locations at SJC.
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RE: Yet Another SJC Fence Hopper Security Breach

Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:26 pm

I'm sure this happens at other airports more frequently than is actually reported. But the system worked, someone was spotted with out credentials, was challenged and law enforcement removed the person. No system will ever totally prevent a breach -- if someone wants in they are going to get in. Great job to all at SJC who intercepted and handled the situation.

On that note, I'm a bit more apprehensive about spotting in my favorite locations now as the common folks don't understand why i'm standing next to the roadway with my camera and radio. I've been contacted by Law Enforcement a couple of times while out there and each time has been a positive experience.
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RE: Yet Another SJC Fence Hopper Security Breach

Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:35 pm

As article states, there have been 5 known breaches, but how many more undetected at SJC?

Its interesting that the main fence at SJC is mere 6 feet (under 2 meters) in height in areas. I always thought there would be government regulations on higher required fencing for sensitive facilities such as airports.

I believe in the EU regulations call for something like 2.5 - 3.0 meter fencing plus things like slanted or barbed wire designs to discourage entry.
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RE: Yet Another SJC Fence Hopper Security Breach

Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:50 pm

Yes both the FAA and TSA have guidelines on the books in regards to perimeter security standards including very detailed information in fencing types, heights, setbacks, additional coils/razor choices, fabric covering etc.

Interesting the lowest allowed fence height today per the guidelines is 7 feet plus one or more coils of stranded barbed wire on top.

As article states the SJC seeks to modernize its perimeter with 10-foot fences but it still working on getting the millions in money.
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RE: Yet Another SJC Fence Hopper Security Breach

Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:16 pm

Security breach...lol. Dont think for a second a chain-link fence will stop a determined individual to climb over, cut or drive through, at any height or with razor coils.. they are what they are, just Animal Barriers. You see, the threat of a deer or coyote running across the actives and coming in contact with an aircraft on takeoff or landing is the point of these perimeter fences. The patrolling security vehicles are for the humans. Maybe step up the patrol times, I believe right now they are set at like 1 an hour for the whole perimeter in most places, like SJC. It is sad that a non event, crazy person on a walk becomes a news story, then a politician gets on the horse, because if becomes political equity you will see action that will cost allot and not actually solve anything. Your fears of loosing viewing access may be become true... but for what?

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