When I mentioned crawling it was the thought of the barbed wire causing them to eventually snag, stumble and fall, then they'd crawl. As a 3 strand fence usually has a high bottom strand (cows rarely crawl) it'd be relatively easy to crawl under.
But I think the biggest concern would be multiple zombies' weight causing the wire to snap. as it will do easier than one might think. A friend's uncle was crossing over the top when it snapped under his weight and then coiled around him in a flash. Slicing him to bits. Big, 4-6 inch long, 1/2 deep gashes all over. He refused to go to the doctor. But it was quite ghastly. He could easily gotten over a hundred, two hundred stitches.
But you hit on a point that always slightly bothered me in zombie flicks. Zombies do not climb. They barely walk. So how do they get into widows in houses? Even if not boarded up, a window, oh... say, 4 or 5 feet off the ground......well, just seems like a bit odd to me over the decades to allow creatures that barely hold themselves upright to be able to climb over such obstacles.
Yes, there seems to be a great many things that they would be unable to do, or are pictured as unable to do. Climbing, jumping, and moving laterally or backwards seem to be among these. Not exactly the ultimate warrior are they?
Why are you assuming zombies are unable to climb, run, crawl, or do much of anything but slowly hobble in a straight direction?
If that's the case then why are they any threat at all? They wouldn't have the instincts to cause much harm to a capable human. Let alone have the abilities push through a fence, get through a locked door, break a window, or do much of anything. That type of zombie doesn't seem anywhere in the realm of plausible or threatening to me.
If they were an infected/viral sort of zombie all of those things would be possible. They would still retain pretty much all natural human/mammalian instincts, so there's no reason they couldn't do all of those things and more.
I agree Michael, and as I am in a rural area it is doubtful I would have large numbers arriving at once. If nothing else it could be strung with noise makers to let you know they were around.
Excellent thought if one had enough wire. Might also help to use a few strands of light cable interspaced for strength. Thanks for your thoughts and your drawing.
Agree it would be for urban areas, here lamp posts are about 20 feet apart. Any decent quality fencing wire would be strong enough. Five feet high with a weave ever 6 inches (10 weaves) would be more then enough as a first line of defense. Better then any wooden fence etc
Josh I am not assuming I am noticing what they seem to do in most movies and stories I have read, and they don't seem terribly scary to me either. The thing is if we are all to design our own critter, and make them as scary as possible, which seems to be the case, then why not give them tool use, the ability to drive and almost anything else. If a zombie is whatever I say a zombie is, and everybody has a different creature in mind, than any possibility of prepping, threat assessment, or tactical planning is useless.
If they can drive, and do other things which require complex thought, then they're not really a zombie.
The best/most plausible "zombie" would be a human suffering from a virus/bacteria/contagion causing them to be very aggressive, unable to rationalize, paranoid, "excited", and unable to think clearly(no complex thoughts). National Geographic has even supported that that sort of "zombie outbreak" would be possible. However, the person wouldn't turn into a zombie within seconds/minutes like in the movies. It would take several hours, even days, or even longer.
That's what the majority of the films I've seen/books I've read have shown. There really aren't many I've seen in the last few years that show anything but that. I've really only seen maybe 10 zombie films that have the "this guy just dug himself out of the grave and started shambling around biting people" zombie...lol That sort of zombie has been totally disproven hundreds of times.
Really though. If that sort were the case then there wouldn't be much of anything to worry about. Just throw a privacy fence around your yard, and you're house is an instant zombie fortress.
See this is exactly the problem. You decide on the "human disease victim" then we don't need to worry about the whole "must destroy the brain" thing. Anything that would kill or mechanically disable a normal human would do in a disease victim. Depending on the disease they would be debilitated to start with, and they have the same biological requirements as anybody. They would have to drink water at a minimum of every three days, and that means they have to find it in a world without powered pumping stations. Lure them into a river they drown. Shoot or stab them in the chest and their lungs collapse. Hit them with a car they aren't getting up. You may add to this that the supply of food in any urban area is about seventy two hours once the distribution grid goes down, and that presumes an ability to open cans. With humans securely barricaded indoors, or fled, there wouldn't be a live infection victim left in a major urban area beyond sixty days. They turn on each other and it will be less than that. Be simple to just wait them out.