How does the water table affect a bollard installation?
When you’re making the big decision about which bollards are right for your property – whether they’re driveway bollards or security bollards – you may well come across the term water table. Happily, it’s nothing too technical, and fairly easy to come to grips with. However, it can be a crucial factor in your decision. Here we explain more about what exactly a water table is, and how it can affect the choice and installation of your bollards.
What is the water table?
Put simply, a water table marks the transition between dry, aerated ground, and ground that is saturated with water. It can help to think of it as exactly what it sounds like; a tabletop. The unsaturated level just above it has several names, including the ‘capillary fringe’ or ‘zone of aeration’. The level below it, meanwhile, is often simply known as the ‘zone of saturation’. Here, water runs through all the pores and fractures of the ground. However, while these can all be helpful technical terms, you don’t necessarily need to be familiar with the ins and outs of them to successfully get your bollard installed!
The position of the water table can vary significantly between various locations. The roads and tarmac surfaces of heavy urban areas, for example, will prevent water seeping through to the ground, which means they often have much lower water tables than other residential or more rural areas. Proximity to large bodies of water, such as lakes or oceans, can also have an effect.
The water table affect on a bollard installation?
In short, some bollards need a certain amount of room underground to manoeuvre. Telescopic bollards are a good example of this, as they have to move on a semi-regular basis up and down through the ground. A high water table poses several potential issues for this. First of all, it means that the lower parts of the bollard would be submerged in water all day, which would cause it to rust more quickly. Secondly, it means that when the bollard is dropped, water can often splash back up at the operator (you) and if you’re dressed in a suit and going to work, it’s far from ideal!
To avoid this, when we install a telescopic bollard in areas with a high water table, where necessary we’ll dig a little deeper and use loose gravel to create what is, in effect, a small soak-away underneath the bollard. This prevents a pool of water from forming underneath it, which slows down the formation of rust when it’s down and saves you from any morning disasters when dropping it.
It’s important to bear in mind that this isn’t necessary for every telescopic bollard – we assess each installation on a case by case basis, and always advise if this is an action we’ll need to take.
As you can tell, there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right bollard for your property, and it’s for these reasons that we take care to maintain a wide selection of bollards here at Bollard Security. What’s more, the water table of your property is one of the key factors we take into account when recommending the best bollard for you. You can take a closer look at our post on how to choose the best driveway security bollards if you still need help making a decision. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01756 636 196, and our experts will be only too happy to advise!
4 effective ways to protect your vehicle from car thieves
Car thefts in the UK are on the rise. Official statistics say that around 112,000 were stolen in England and Wales in 2017-18, up by almost 50% on the 75,408 taken in 2013-14. Thefts from cars themselves were also steadily rising, with 280,032 reported to police compared to 276,366 incidents recorded around 5 years ago. It’s not great news by any means, and understandably it’s got a lot of car owners worried. So, how can you protect your vehicle when it’s parked on your driveway at home? Well, while a solid set of bollards (such as our lift-out bollards) or our parking bollards are one hugely reliable method, there are a couple of other useful ones, too.
1. Keep everything out of sight
Unfortunately, there are certain people out there who will think nothing of doing a bit of ‘window shopping’ as they pass by your car. Don’t give them the opportunity – you can reduce the risk of break-ins by keeping everything of value out of sight. This includes CD wallets, bulky bags and especially in-car technology like Sat-Navs or dashcams. If you can avoid it, it’s best to hide away all containers, even if they’re empty. After all, the thieves won’t necessarily know they’re empty until they’ve already broken in, and by that time the point is arguably moot. Remember, not all thieves are out to steal your car – but they might be tempted by the items inside it.
2. Keep your driveway as well-lit as you can
You may have heard us touch on this point before in previous posts – but that’s because it’s still good advice! This doesn’t necessarily have to mean leaving a bright light shining on your vehicle all night; a motion-activated sensor will do the trick just fine. Most thieves are opportunists, which means the vast majority will abandon any budding criminal endeavour at the prospect of being lit up like a Christmas tree as they attempt it.
3. Use additional visual deterrents
Another advantage of thieves being opportunists is that they are easily put off by similar visual deterrents. That doesn’t necessarily have to mean clamping your car (although some people can and do opt for doing this), but steering wheel locks are becoming an increasingly common way of securing vehicles. They’re sturdy, deliberately obvious and do a fantastic job of deterring thieves. Fitting alarms, immobilisers and trackers are equally useful devices to securing your car. Keyless theft is also on the rise, and we’ve talked before about how you can keep your keys in a Faraday bag to block the wireless signals, preventing thieves from hijacking them to unlock your car.
4. Install driveway bollards
Speaking of additional security measures, installing driveway bollards are by far the most effective one. Your car is one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make, but driveway bollards like lift-out or telescopic options require only minimal investment to give you long-term security benefits. They’re a fantastic visual deterrent, and they present an imposing obstacle for thieves to overcome if they want to get your car out of the driveway. When it comes to security measures to protect your car, you can’t get more reliable than a solid set of driveway bollards.
We’ve got a huge range of these for you to choose from right here at Bollard Security, with a range of bollard types and colours to best suit your property. If you’re already considering installing a set of bollards, you might like to know that we recently published a post about how to properly choose the best ones. Alternatively, our experts are always happy to advise – just give us a call on 01756 363 196, and we’ll be happy to see how we can help!
Key considerations for choosing your driveway security bollards
Choosing driveway bollards for your home is very different to choosing security bollards for business premises. While the two settings have some considerations in common – such as the budget allocated and the function of the bollards in question – others aren’t quite as relevant for residential environments. For example, very few homes will need to have heavy duty measures such as anti terrorism bollards installed. Telescopic bollards are a far more common choice for most homeowners, as are lift out bollards (but to a much lesser extent). Having said that though, it’s still worth looking at all the options first, to see which ones will be most beneficial for you. Before choosing your own security bollards, for example, you’ll have to think about:
What will you use your bollards for?
Before you can make any major decisions on the bollard types that you’re going to get, you first need to know what you need them to do. While they might seem like simple devices on the surface, the applications of residential bollards can be surprisingly broad.
For example, do you live in a high-traffic or high speed area, and want to protect your property in general from accidental collisions and fender benders? Or, is there a specific part of the house you’re protecting? Do you need them as a security and anti-theft measure, or are they an anti-parking measure?
What’s your budget?
The next biggest question after the function of your bollards is naturally going to be your budget, as you’ll need to think about how much you’re willing or able to spend. Thankfully, the huge range of bollards we offer here at Bollard Security are all very reasonably priced and affordable, giving you peace of mind that you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to ensuring the safety and security of your home.
What level of security do you need?
Naturally, all of our bollards here at Bollard Security are fantastic anti-theft devices. However, you can improve upon that value even more by choosing the one best suited to your property. As we touched on above, most residents find that telescopic bollards are perfect for their needs, but residences in high-crime areas or with particularly valuable interiors may find themselves considering even sturdier options. We will say, however, that most of the heaviest (such as our automatic bollards) are better suited to commercial properties than private, unless you’re a classic car collector!
Location – where exactly will you put them?
For example, are you going to put them directly in front of your garage, or at the entrance to your driveway? If they’re simply a security measure to prevent someone driving away with your car, you might want to think about having them at your garage, but if you also want to prevent people from using your property to turn round, you might want to consider putting them at the entrance to your driveway instead. It’s a good plan to consider various other factors in your environment too, including how you and others will use it, so that you don’t inadvertently install them in an area which will turn out to be inconvenient in the long term.
Convenience – do you want temporary or permanent bollards?
As we’ve touched on above, the majority of our residential customers here at Bollard Security prefer telescopic bollards, as they provide the perfect balance between security and convenience. However, if you want to permanently reserve an area of your property for foot traffic only, then static bollards may well be the better choice. Again, it’s a decision that may seem clear cut on the surface, but requires more careful thought than might be immediately apparent.
Depending on your priorities, the look of your bollards may not be quite as important as the other considerations on this list. However, at the end of the day they’re still about to become a feature of your home, so their appearance is something you may want to consider at least in passing. Our lift-out bollards come in several colours, so you can choose the one that best suits the appearance of your property.
If you’re still wondering about which of our driveway bollards are best suited to your property, our experts are only too happy to advise! You can click the link above to explore our range, or give us a quick call on 01756 636 196.
5 top tips to improve your home security
Although any kind of theft can be surprisingly scary (not to mention rage-inducing), the important thing to remember is that most thieves are opportunists. That means that when it comes to theft from your home, a bit of investment into your home security can work wonders for securing your belongings. Lift-out driveway bollards are fantastic for securing your vehicle, but alongside these, there are some other useful measures you can take, too.
Multi-layering your security offers more protection
Just as putting on more clothes in winter will help protect you from cold, extra layers of security adds increasingly more protection to your belongings. It’s not hard to keep your shed locked, for example, especially if you store valuable tools in it – but conversely it’s often very easy to forget to lock the back gate leading to the garden, especially if you or your family are often coming and going through it. Similarly, a locked bike in a garage is reasonably secure, but is even more so with a solid D-lock through its frame and wheels, and chained to a nearby post (or similar). The simple way to think of it is that anything that can be locked, should be.
Be careful with how you store your keys
We recently talked about the rise of keyless theft in Britain. In a nutshell, keys with wireless transmitters can have their signals captured by thieves, who are then able to steal the vehicle in question. However, scary though it may sound, there is a solution for this; you can buy small portable Faraday cages for your keys which block these signals, keeping your vehicle safe. This leads us onto another common home security issue, though, which is where to place your keys. Lots of people keep them in a bowl by the door, but some more enterprising thieves have been known to hook them using long poles inserted through the letterbox, allowing them access to your car, garage and possibly even your home. Therefore, it’s worth thinking about where you and your family keep your keys, how visible they are, and whether it opens you up to any potential risk.
Keep things light
Another key aspect to improving your home security is lighting your driveway. Alongside security bollards, in fact, this is perhaps one of the most pivotal factors there can be. It makes sense that intruders prefer to do their work under the cover of darkness, so giving your property some much-needed illumination can be enough of a deterrent in itself. Obviously leaving your lights on constantly isn’t a terribly cost-effective or efficient way to operate them, but it can be a more viable choice with solar powered options. Motion sensors are also a handy feature when it comes to lighting.
Get a visible burglar alarm
The familiar exterior plate of a burglar alarm can provide an effective deterrent in itself for many properties – as with bollards, the sight alone is enough to make most prospective thieves decide it’s not worth the bother. Modern burglar alarms also boast an impressive array of further functionalities – they can be activated through vibration, or use infrared movement detectors to recognise forced entry. Alternatively, they can be fitted with magnetic contact detectors, which set the alarm off when the plates are disturbed.
Install driveway bollards
We’ve talked before about the many advantages that driveway bollards can offer your home, but it’s fair to say that security is one of their biggest benefits! Your car is one of the biggest and most expensive purchases you’ll ever make, so protecting it with lift-out or telescopic bollards takes only a little bit of investment for long-term security. They’re handily convenient to install, too, and as we’ve touched on above, even the sight of them alone can act as an effective deterrent, protecting one of your most unquestionably valuable possessions. (What’s more, they also act as an extra ‘layer’ for your security, as we discussed in one of the above headings.)
If you’re looking for some lift-out bollards for your residential property, we’ve got a great range of them right here at Bollard Security. What’s more, our years of expertise means that we’re the perfect people to help you work out exactly which one is best for you, according to your needs and budget. Give us a call on 01756 363 196 to see what we can do for you!
Residential Bollards: Which Bollards Are Best
Residential customers make up a significant portion of our customer base here at Bollard Security, and for good reason – there are a number of ways that bollards can be put to good use within residential premises, both from a safety and security perspective. If you’re still sizing up how your home can benefit, we’ve listed some of the most useful applications below. Just before we dive into that though, it’s worth covering a common query we often field from our customers.
What kind of bollards are best for residential properties?
To be honest, there’s no hard and fast answer to this question. By and large, it comes down to the individual choice of the homeowner. However, in our experience here at Bollard Security, we tend to find that temporary or mobile ones are preferred by homeowners over static or permanent bollards. (Of course, this depends on their application!)
In general, telescopic bollards are the favoured choice for homeowners, since they tend to strike the right balance between security and convenience. As they’re lighter and easier to manage, they can be moved in and out of the way as required. Removable lift-out bollards bollards can similarly create a smooth surface for cars to drive on, so that homeowners can grant or restrict access on their property as much as they please. (However, due to the time required to lock them into their sockets – and out again – they’re often seen to be not quite as convenient as telescopic bollards.) Automatic bollards are sometimes used in a similar capacity, but these obviously require significant extra investment, and tend to only be chosen for higher-end properties or luxury residences.
Other types of bollards like cycle stands tend to be a popular option, as they provide a useful secondary function, especially for teenagers or children in the family. (Anti terror bollards on the other hand, are amongst the bollards that can be safely excluded from the options of most homeowners.)
Useful applications or places for residential bollards
Depending on the size and layout of your property, and what sort of function you’re looking for your bollards to fulfil, there are a number of specific locations in which you might choose to install them. Below are just a few of our suggestions.
We’ll start with the most obvious location. The driveways of most homes are prime locations for vehicles to be coming and going, so it makes sense that this is the area where they’d be most vulnerable to collisions. Sometimes people may be driving too fast, or they may lose control over terrain conditions, such as black ice. Other times it may be just a matter of misjudging the distance involved, and scraping their cars along neighbouring vehicles (like yours). This is where our driveway bollards and parking bollards can serve useful functions, either for demarcation in parking spaces or in simple traffic control roles.
Near or within garages
Even if you’re well practised at reversing into your garage, it only takes once to misjudge it, or accidentally brush the accelerator, and back into the house. This can have varying levels of consequences, depending on how hard you do it! Carefully placed security bollards can help minimise the chances of this happening once outside the garage. You might even want to consider removable bollards inside it, too. Reversing too far once you’re in there may damage the contents or interior walls of the garage. However, installing residential bollards ensures that a minimum distance is maintained from the back wall, which can spare you some big headaches in the long run.
They can also be useful for motorcycle owners, with sturdy hoop bollards providing excellent anchor points to lock the vehicle up to. While most motorcycle owners lock the rear wheels of their bikes and lean them against the wall, it’s not unknown for thieves to simply take the bike anyway, loading it into the back of a van or other getaway vehicle to work on the lock later. Locking a motorcycle to a hoop bollard, on the other hand, means that even if thieves gain access to the garage, they would still be prevented from removing the motorcycle from its stand.
While perhaps not fully appreciated by the majority of homeowners, there are certain properties which might find themselves particularly vulnerable to vehicle incursions. These don’t necessarily have to be malicious or criminal in nature – homes on hairpin bends for example, or where there’s a sudden change of speed limit – may find themselves frequently dealing with minor vehicle collisions or near misses to their outside walls.
On the other hand, if someone completely loses control of the car, the worst case scenario would involve them colliding with the house. In that case, property damage would be the very best outcome, while loss of life would be the very worst. Thankfully, bollards can help protect against this. These are the best safety reasons for homes in high-traffic areas – whereas they can serve similarly useful security functions for homes that are in more out-of-the-way locations.
If you need any help in deciding which bollards are best for your property, or which ones would suit your aims best, then we’re only too happy to help here at Bollard Security. We have a huge variety of bollards in stock, and our years of expertise means our experts are only too happy to help you work out which ones are best for you. Give us a call on 01756 636 196 to see what we can do for you!
What is a driveway security post?
Driveway security posts are ideal solutions for increasing security and safety around your driveway, protecting your property from unwanted intrusion, damage or theft. Designed to physically withstand significant amounts of force, they present a solid barrier to your property that’s durable in all conditions, convenient to operate and built to last.
Most driveway security posts are positioned at the entrance to your driveway, just in front of or behind where your vehicles are normally parked. They’re chiefly used for residential driveways, but can also be employed in various other types of public or private environments, including:
- Warehouses and factories
- Business or corporate car parks
- Municipal facilities such as police stations or council buildings
- Retail parks, shopping centres and other public places
Despite their wide variety of possible settings, driveway security and parking bollards tend to be used most in residential environments because of their cost and convenience. Here at Bollard Security we stock a broad range of driveway security posts in an array of sizes and lengths. Most of these are designed to be operated by hand, and encompass several types including telescopic, lift out and bolt down bollards.
Qualities of driveway security posts
- Constructed from steel, iron and specialised plastics
- Weatherproof, with a tough plated anti-corrosion exterior
- High visibility
- Little to no maintenance required
- Available in several colours and finishes
- Hole depths may vary
Key benefits of driveway security posts
Creates a solid physical barrier to boost security and safety around your property
All types of driveway security posts excel in significantly increasing the security of your property, making it substantially more difficult for thieves to take cars, trailers, or caravans. Similarly, they reduce the risk of burglary from your home by making it more difficult to bring getaway vehicles closer to your property, increasing the would-be thieves’ risk of getting caught. For most such people, the visual deterrent of driveway security posts alone is often enough to protect your home from being targeted by criminals.
Prevents intrusion onto your property for unauthorised parking or turning
Not every intrusion onto your property is quite so malicious, but these can be highly irritating and inconvenient nonetheless. Homes in proximity to busy retail centres or shopping areas can frequently find their spaces being used by other unauthorised drivers, sometimes looking to save themselves parking fees. Other residents might find their parking areas frequently being used by other drivers (or even neighbours) to turn round or manoeuvre themselves into a difficult spot, which can be similarly irritating and even sometimes dangerous.
Thankfully, driveway security bollards can be used to demarcate your own parking spaces, and prevent use by unauthorised persons or vehicles.
Protects your home from out-of-control vehicles or difficult driving conditions
Some driveway security bollards are also used for safety purposes on properties which may be at higher risk of traffic collisions – for example, homes located on difficult bends in the road. In this case, particularly solid options like bolt-down bollards can be used to prevent out-of-control vehicles colliding with garden walls, or those of the property itself.
Types of driveway security bollard (and how they work)
Most driveway security bollards tend to fall into three main categories: retractable, removable and bolt-down. Depending on what bollard you’re looking for, these can sometimes be specified in various finishes, as well as optional extras like brightly-coloured powder coatings for extra visibility.
- Cost effective and simple to operate
- Variety of heights, diameters and finishes
- Standard galvanised finish, with optional powder coating
- Awarded both “Sold Secure” and “Secure by Design” accreditations
One of our most popular products here at Bollard Security, telescopic driveway security bollards are affordable, effective and easy to operate, providing a convenient but reliable way for you to increase security on and around your driveway.
Telescopic bollards work by being raised vertically up from a steel tube that’s installed into the concrete below ground level. Once they’re at their full height, they’re locked into place using the integrated locking system. To lower them again, it’s just a matter of unlocking them and carefully lowering them back into the same steel tube. A steel flap is then closed over the exposed top of the bollard, leaving the system flush with the ground and providing easy access to any vehicle coming and going.
Our telescopic bollards can also be specified with an assisted lift feature, which reduces the effective operating weight of the post by up to 60%.
Lift out bollards
- Exceptionally cost-effective
- Can be supplied in all colours
- Choose from galvanised steel or brushed satin stainless steel finish
Lift out bollards are ideal options in conditions which might not be favourable for digging full-depth foundations. This sort of driveway security post sits within an outer casing, but instead of being retracted fully into the ground, you can remove the post completely, enabling it to be stored elsewhere.
Their manner of operation differs from telescopic posts, but it’s similarly simple and easy: to unlock them, it’s simply a matter of turning the associated key in the available lock, twisting the handle and then detaching the product from its socket. The lid is then closed over the remaining opening, leaving vehicle access unobstructed.
- Sturdiest of options
- Multiple colours available
Though they’re not as commonly used in residential settings as telescopic or lift-out bollards, highly secure bolt-down bollards still have several useful applications. Unlike the other two types of driveway security post, they are not removable, so they’re primarily used for permanently blocking access to a space, either for safety or security purposes. For example, they can be positioned just outside a house’s exterior walls, protecting the occupants by preventing drivers parking up from accidentally reversing or accelerating into it.
They can also be used in high-traffic areas, or on properties situated at sharp bends in the road, protecting the house from drivers who might lose control in adverse weather or other difficult driving conditions.
Which type of driveway security post should you choose?
This is a question our experts are often asked here at Bollard Security, and it depends on a number of factors. For many customers, budget is naturally one of the biggest factors, but there are other considerations to take into account too. For example, you need to think about the space you’ll be protecting, and its size and layout. How big are the vehicles that will be coming and going across it, and how often will they need to access the property? The ease and speed with which the bollards can be erected and taken down may therefore form another crucial part of your decision.
And of course, you can always count on our experts are to provide advice or guidance here at Bollard Security. Don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01756 636 196, and we’ll be happy to see how we can help!
Keyless vehicle theft is on the rise – how can you protect your car?
New technology for the automotive industry is being developed every year, but a careful balance needs to be struck between convenience and security, and not every new innovation gets this balance right. A recent prime example comprises keyless entry systems. The weaknesses in keyless access technology are becoming readily apparent to most British car owners, as criminals appear to be taking advantage of in-built flaws, leading to rising car theft across the UK. When it comes to cars in residential driveways, it’s for exactly these sorts of reasons that security bollards at home can be an excellent investment.
UK’s top selling cars found to be vulnerable
An increasing number of cars are being manufactured with this new keyless technology, which at first glance seems to be a useful and convenient feature. Essentially, they involve a minuscule transmitter hidden within the key fob, so there’s no need to put your key in the keyhole – all it takes is a brief wave near the mechanism, and the transmitter will send a signal that opens the lock. However, thieves are using specialised technology to take advantage of this system, and gain access to vehicles.
Consumer group Which? joined forces with the General German Automobile Club to test the keyless ignition system of 237 popular models, and found that only three of them – the Discovery, Range Rover, and Jaguar i-Pace, all made by Jaguar Land Rover – were secure against this possibility. The Vauxhall Corsa was also immune, given that it’s not available with keyless entry and ignition.
Unfortunately, the models found to be vulnerable included some of the top selling cars in the UK, including the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Qashquai, and the Ford Focus. Although the last few years have seen a steady decline in the amount of car thefts in the UK, there’s been a recent rise in the statistics again, and instances of keyless thefts are thought to be a major reason why.
How residential bollards can help you protect your car
As we recently covered in another post, when a crime is in progress every second counts for the perpetrators. It’s why a majority of crimes are committed by opportunists. It means that when criminals are faced with any obstacles that they can’t immediately overcome, more often than not they’ll abandon what they’re doing. This is often particularly true when it comes to vehicle thefts, as cars can’t be stuffed into pockets or hauled over fences. Therefore, residential security bollards are a hugely effective anti-theft measure, as even if thieves can get into your car, bollards prevent it from being moved too far from its parking spot. What the thieves can take from you is therefore very limited when you have security bollards installed.
As well as being an almost insurmountable physical obstacle, they’re equally as effective from a psychological point of view – being a hugely effective visual deterrent. This cuts down on the risk of your vehicle being targeted in the first place, even if the potential thief is more than just a passer-by (and as we’ve mentioned, the vast majority fit into that category).
Security and safety is our business here at Bollard Security, and we have a huge range of parking bollards and parking posts for you to choose from. If you’re wavering between a decision or you’re unsure of which one is best suited to your property, our experts are only too happy to advise. You can click the link above to explore our range, or give us a quick call on 01756 636 196.
How security bollards improve safety and security in shopping centres
Security bollards have a broad range of applications in large areas, both in terms of protection and convenience. This is especially evident in shopping centres, where they can be used for traffic calming, demarcation and more. The January sales are an exceptionally busy time for many shopping centres, and it’s a time where properties who’ve invested in security bollards tend to see the benefits most clearly. Here are some of the applications they’re most often used for, and why it might be worth investing in them for the year ahead!
Security bollards for cars and traffic
Well-placed bollards make for imposing barriers and obstacles for motorists, giving them a versatile range of uses in encouraging and reinforcing sensible driving behaviours. Amongst their many applications are:
Some motorists can end up travelling at unwise speeds through shopping centre premises, whether through conscious choice or not. This can be incredibly dangerous, given that shoppers (and children) are often crossing roads and car parks at unpredictable points, which mean these drivers are giving themselves less time to react.
What’s more, if two vehicles travelling too fast meet each other at a blind spot – say, a corner – a crash is more or less inevitable. Security bollards are therefore invaluable as traffic calming measures, as they encourage their drivers to keep speeds down to manageable levels.
Fuel pump protection for on-site petrol stations
It’s particularly important to physically protect fuel pumps, as the outcome of a crash is (at best) considerably expensive. What’s more, spilled fuel can be volatile, making the safety aspect all the more critical. While the chances of someone colliding with a fuel pump are reasonably small, it’s still a good idea to firmly guarantee their safety (and that of the people around them) with additions such as hoop barriers. The safety benefits will be especially useful at peak times!
Demarcation to prevent overparking
Besides the safety benefits, a useful secondary property of bollards is that they can be used to clearly denote the limits of your space, so that customers know where it’s acceptable to park. Demarcation using bollards does a great job of effectively indicating the boundaries of your space to customers, so that they’re not spilling over into private car parks, or blocking areas which need constant access.
Protection from crime and terrorism
This is a rather more extreme concern than the other considerations we’ve covered so far, but the sad fact is that crowded shopping centres are sometimes targeted by criminals, either for the value of the items inside them, or the sheer potential of carnage to cause. Heavy bollards such as our HMV bollards provide excellent protection from ram-raiding attacks from vehicles, and – from the other side – can be equally helpful in making it vastly more difficult for thieves to make their getaway.
The uses of bollards for protecting cyclists and pedestrians
Cordoning off pedestrian areas and trolley bays
This is related to the traffic calming measures we’ve already covered above. Hoop bollards in particular often find excellent uses in demarcation and physical protection of trolley bays and pedestrian walkways, indicating to both drivers and the pedestrians themselves where they should be travelling. This helps drivers and pedestrians to better predict each others’ actions, and exactly where they’ll be coming into contact with each other, increasing safety and security for everyone.
Fixed or removable cycle stands
These serve as less of a protection feature and more as one of convenience as far as shopping centres are concerned, making it easier for customers without vehicles to access the premises. This is not only useful for customers, but ultimately means that the shopping centres themselves feel the bonuses, as they’re getting the benefit of the extra custom.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but should give you an excellent idea of how versatile and useful security bollards can be in shopping centres. Here at Bollard Security, we stock an expansive range of parking bollards, hoop bollards and parking posts for you to choose from. If you’re having trouble settling on exactly which ones would be best suited to your premises, our experts are only too happy to advise – just give us a call on 01756 636 196.
The 3 biggest benefits of residential bollards for private driveways
Bollards are most common sights at commercial or official premises, and many of our products here at Bollard Security cater to customers in these sectors. Their benefits for commercial premises are clear to see in terms of the security screening and protection they provide. However, given that private residents aren’t often gifted with their own dedicated security staff, residential bollards can provide them similarly useful benefits. Though there are multiple context-dependent advantages, all of them generally fall under three main categories, which we’ll explore in more detail below.
Safety and security
We’ll start with the most obvious advantage, since it may be the one you were thinking of already. Sadly, vehicle theft is on the rise here in the UK, but fortunately drivers still have plenty of options to protect their cars. As well as smaller accessories like steering locks, security bollards are arguably an even more powerful obstacle to aspiring thieves. It’s a well known-fact that most thieves are opportunists, and as far as they’re concerned, every second counts. If they can see a solid obstacle such as a parking bollard blocking the way, most won’t take the risk.
(For similar reasons, bollards can also protect your garage against the theoretical possibility of a ram-raid attack. Realistically, however, this is a rare scenario for most private homeowners, unless they’re locally known to keep a particularly rare or valuable vehicle parked in the garage.)
This is a particularly key concern for most residential homeowners, especially those who live in high-traffic areas, or close to local amenities like shopping centres or cinemas. There are those who would argue that if you don’t own a car, you shouldn’t mind other drivers using your driveway. The (correct) counter argument to that point is that even those without vehicles still have a right to privacy, without expecting to have it infringed upon by drivers looking to save a few pounds on parking elsewhere. Equally, people simply using your driveway to turn around can cause unwanted noise and hassle. Now, it’s no secret that many drivers will avoid paid parking areas where they can, or just find the nearest possible space to turn round – rather than one that would cause the least noise.
Though many respect the boundaries of private land, sometimes these boundaries are not always obvious to everyone, and besides, there are always those who will simply park wherever is most convenient for them. Parking bollards provide a great visual indicator of the boundaries your private space, as well as a physical obstacle to those who would otherwise ignore that indicator, allowing you to keep your privacy intact.
Convenience and access
Following on directly from our last point, it can be especially irritating to come home and find someone parked in your space, or blocking you by parking or turning as you’re trying to leave. Some homeowners prefer to tackle this by blocking in the opposing party in turn, but this can lead to angry disputes that might otherwise be easily avoided. Parking bollards for driveways are by far one of the simplest and easiest solutions to this issue, posing a physical impediment to drivers who might otherwise attempt either of these manoeuvres, and allowing you to get in and out of your property exactly when you please.
Here at Bollard Security we have a huge range of parking bollards and parking posts for you to choose from, and if you’re having any trouble making your decision our experts are only too happy to advise. You can click the link above to explore our range, or give us a call on 01756 636 196.
Why vehicle security is important to every business
It’s fair to say that on-site security is a universal concern for all businesses, whether they’re retail outlets, private offices or government institutions. And while security bollards are a common sight at sensitive facilities, it’s sometimes easy for other organisations to allow accidental lapses in security, whether that’s through gaps in staff training, miscommunications, or simply lack of proper procedures in place. When vehicles are involved, this can have serious repercussions. Leaving aside the issue of theft and burglary (which we’ll go into in a future article), there are a number of other considerations to bear in mind when it comes to vehicle security for your business.
Vehicle security from employees
Parking collisions account for a large portion of total accidents being recorded every year. Obviously, a simple solution for businesses is to remind employees to be as attentive when pulling into and out of parking spots as they are on the road. Parking safety instructions for those driving company vehicles that are different from their own cars could save you quite a bit on insurance and repair bills. For example, your employees may be safe drivers but may not be aware of the risks high winds bring when they’re driving a loaded truck. Policies to avoid idling reduce the risk of accidents and save petrol, too. Unintentional contact with the accelerator isn’t a problem if the engine is off. On that note, bordering your parking spaces with security bollards can help protect pedestrians (whether employees or visitors) from the consequences of these accidents.
Covering the costs of accidents and injuries
When your employees are involved in an accident, you’ll need to cover the cost of repairing the vehicle. What’s more, if your employees are injured on the job, including when they’re driving a vehicle for your business, you’re liable for any medical costs this may incur and supporting them while they recover. Again, physical barriers can be helpful in this regard. Bollards set up at the edge of parking spaces can prevent visitors from crashing or parking in front of your doors. The open pylons would not prevent people from walking up to your building or along the sidewalk, and their rather unobtrusive profile is a better choice than fences and gates.
Further safety and security considerations
Parking posts can be used to protect expensive infrastructure as well. Set up parking posts around docks, petrol stations and other delicate equipment to prevent it from being hit by a passing vehicle or someone trying to pull up to it. You can use telescopic bollards to control access. For example, you could remove the telescopic bollards when you’re accepting deliveries or allowing vehicles in an area but put them in place to prevent others parking there at other times of day. Reflexive parking bollards are designed to absorb part of the impact, minimising the risk of someone driving on and hitting the corner of a building, while also causing minimal harm to the vehicle. If you operate a shop or financial institution, you may want to install bollards to stop criminals from ramming their vehicle into the building in ram raid attacks. Bollards also add a measure of safety from certain types of terror attacks.
Here at Bollard Security, we offer a huge range of parking bollards and parking posts to increase safety and security on your premises. You can browse our site to explore our full range of telescopic bollards and liftout bollards, or get in touch by ringing us on 01756 636 196 to discuss your requirements.