A tall security fence stands in front of the White House on Nov. 4, 2014 in Washington.
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May 7, 2015 10:10 PM EDT

A second layer of spikes will be added to the top of the fence surrounding the White House starting Friday, officials with the National Park Service and Secret Service said, in a temporary bid to deter future would-be climbers after several incidents in the past year.

A proposal that was submitted to the National Capital Planing Commission and approved Thursday states that “pencil point” spikes will be affixed to the current fence along the complex’s north and south sides and jut out, according to the Associated Press. Additional long-term solutions will continue to be reviewed.

The changes to White House security were presented as a result of two incidents where intruders got across the fence, namely one last September when a fence-jumper was able to hop over the barrier and run well into the White House before being subdued, prompting an evacuation and highlighting internal issues within the Secret Service.

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