White House officials are planning to install “pencil protrusions,” aka spikes to top the bars of the fence in an effort to discourage jumpers.

The spikes are being described as part of ongoing “anti-climb” implementation measures.


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National Park Service officials said,

“We are working with our partners to develop, as quickly as possible, both interim and long-term solutions that meet today’s security needs while respecting the historic setting and significance of the White House. We have developed an effective interim solution for the White House fence consisting of a removable anti-climb feature that attaches to the existing fence. The interim solution enhances security without affecting the visitor’s experience.” source usatoday

The National Capital Planning Commission must still approve the plan, and is expected to do so at a meeting next month.