The Secret Service Is Building A Taller Fence To Keep Out Intruders

A purse robber who apparently did not know he was breaching White House security scaled a fence near the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Tuesday, causing a half hour lockdown. Earlier in April the Secret Service arrested a man who scaled the fence intentionally. A White House fence jumper made it all the way through the grounds and into the building in 2014, leading to the resignation of the Secret Service Director. (RELATED: Purse Robbery In DC Ends With White House Lockdown)

“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era,” Dougherty said in the briefing. “We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case.”

The National Parks Service will assist the Secret Service with construction, if the planning is approved by the National Capital Planning Commission. The White House added spikes to the fence in 2015 called “pencil points,” however breaches continue to occur.

Secret Service officials said in a statement obtained by NBC4, “There are still several additional steps before construction could begin on a new fence, and a timeline is not concrete.”

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