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White House intruders beware: New fence to have metal spikes

July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service says it will install sharp metal spikes on the White House fence after intruders scaled it twice in less than a year.

In a news release, the Secret Service and National Park Service say the spikes are a temporary security measure until a long-term solution is found.

Installation begins Wednesday and is expected to continue for about six weeks.

The final design for a permanent security improvement will be submitted in the fall to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and National Capital Planning Commission.

Last September, a Texas man was able to climb over the fence and run deep into the executive mansion. In April, a California man was arrested after scaling the fence and getting onto the White House lawn.