Protecting buildings and the public with protective bollards
Crash resistant bollards can prevent injury and save lives
Over the last few years there have been a number of cases of cars driving into childcare centres and shopping malls. This can be for criminal purposes but is often due to negligence or a simple driver error. Hey, we’ve all accelerated when we wanted to brake at some stage in our driving careers.
Unfortunately, this can and does happen, often in the public arena, where injuries and death can occur.
As we can never guarantee that this will not happen, it’s best to take the necessary precautions to protect people who might be in danger should this occur. The most effective way is to set up a line of defence with safety bollards outside the shop, mall, school or child care centre.
Safety bollards will ensure that no vehicle, even an out of control one, will crash into a storefront or a building with people inside.
Crash-resistant bollards, which are regularly used by the military to protect barracks or expensive hardware, can also be used to prevent smash-and-grab burglaries, in addition to protecting the building’s occupants. These bollards are made from solid steel and are engineered to withstand high impacts, making them almost impossible to break. They are generally priced according to their size and strength, and you can decide how many you need.
The good news is that security bollards come in a range of styles and strengths, and do not need to take away from the aesthetic appeal of your premises, in fact, they can often add to the look. With a range of styles to choose from you can go for an ultra-modern look with funky lights to make them visible at night or choose an antique old-school style bollard to add character and a touch of class to your building’s surround.
If you require a temporary solution, or think that you might be moving your premises soon, you have the option to install removable bollards, which means you can take them with you when you move.
Bollards should be strong but also brightly coloured, so you can’t miss them, and lit up at night for increased visibility.
In addition to protecting your buildings from impact, bollards also:
- Protect people from traffic
- Stop unwanted vehicles from accessing restricted areas
- Ensure your carpark is secure
- Provide effective crowd control
The humble bollard has become an indispensable part of our safety and security, and although most of us never pay too much attention to them, they provide an affordable and effective safety solution.
By protecting your building, you are protecting anyone who might enter it, doing your civil duty, and providing them with an expected level of safety. You are also avoiding a possible tragedy and what could be a costly law suit at the same time.
For all your bollard needs talk to your local bollard specialists. Whether they are in Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane, they will assess your needs and suggest a suitable and cost-effective solution.