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The 4 top uses of security bollards across the UK
Though some of today’s security bollards can be highly technologically advanced, all are still relatively simple security features by nature – but it’s exactly that simplicity which makes them so versatile, capable of fulfilling a wide variety of roles. As you might expect, the majority of those roles are centred on security, but they have some handy additional uses too, especially in commercial areas, or built-up urban centres. Here, we’re taking a quick look at some of the most popular uses for security bollard across the UK – helping you to maximise their utility if you’re considering them for any premises you own or manage.
Protecting vehicles from theft
This is without question one of the most widely-utilised uses for security bollards, especially for high-value vehicles that may be potentially susceptible to being targeted. Removable bollards and parking posts are generally the most popular options for this – they’re reliable, cost-effective, and they cannot be hacked, manipulated or otherwise bypassed. That counts for a lot in a world where thieves are increasingly relying on gradually more technologically sophisticated methods of stealing cars (like keyless theft).
Guarding against unauthorised access
As well as protecting vehicles themselves, bollards can also be effectively used to prevent them being used to access unauthorised areas. This doesn’t necessarily have to involve any suggestion of criminality – in many cases, it’s just used to prevent drivers from cutting through areas they’re not supposed to, or engaging in selfish parking – especially in areas where it might be especially inconvenient (or even dangerous, like pedestrianised areas).
Traffic management and access control
In areas where cars are allowed on the other hand, bollards can be put to great use in controlling the flow of traffic, either for safety reasons, or to minimise congestion. Specifically, they can be used to help demarcate pedestrian zones, separate vehicle lanes, or even block off access to certain sections entirely (as we’ve covered above).
That can be instrumental in helping to keep people safe – and the more sensitive the area, the more effective they can be. Depending on the requirements of the space at hand, owners or managers might opt for removable bollards that can be installed or removed at certain times of day, or use automatic bollards that can be controlled remotely. These types of bollards can be integrated with a wide variety of control systems, including key cards, RFID, or other forms of remote control, allowing them to be raised or lowered as required.
Anti ram protection
In particularly sensitive areas, such as government, municipal or military sites, anti-ram bollards can be installed around critical infrastructure to prevent them from being targeted by a deliberately malicious attack, such as a terrorism attempt. (Anti-ram bollards are sometimes referred to as anti terrorism bollards for that exact reason).
As the moniker suggests, they’re built to withstand high-impact collisions, and prevent any vehicles from forcefully entering protected areas. One particularly high profile example was the 2007 Glasgow Airport attack, in which security bollards prevented a Jeep loaded with explosives from ramming its way into the crowded airport terminal.
This is just a sample of some of the top uses though – you may well be able to find one or two unique advantages they offer for you! Whatever type of bollard you’re looking for, you’re in exactly the right place. Here at Bollard Security, we carry huge stock of all types of bollards, including parking bollards, telescopic bollards, and anti-ram bollards. And if you ever need any guidance or you’ve got questions that need answering, don’t hesitate to give one of our experts on 01535 509001 – we’re always happy to see how we can help!