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A Simple Solution for Fire Lane Access

Problem:
One of the most common issues faced in cities and counties all across the country is limiting or eliminating vehicle access, while still making fire lane access or emergency vehicle access relatively easy.  These solutions are often referred to in a number of different ways; fire lane blocker, car blocker, traffic blocker, road barrier, tip down bollard, or fold down bollard.  TrafficGuard has a solution for fire lane access.

Solution:
The TrafficGuard Single Post Collapsible Bollard is the ideal solution for fire lane access.  The Single Post traffic control barrier is the “original multi-function bollard” developed specifically for fire lane access in the late 90’s.  It went on to become the most successful road barrier in TrafficGuard’s product line and continues to be today and for good reason.  On one hand the Single Post is a formidable fire lane blocker, keeping cars and joy riders off of trails and access roads where they could not only cause property damage, but could injure innocent bye standards.  Not only is the Single Post a strong visual deterrent, the 6” x 3”, 30” tall (49 lbs) steel post also serves as a formidable physical deterrent as well.

The Single Posts functionality is apparent when an emergency occurs.  Quick access is gained easily by a fire truck or ambulance.  The driver (knowing that the Single Post trail bollard contains a shear pin) will stop at the bollard, slowly putting their bumper against the traffic control barrier, then accelerate.  The trail barrier’s shear pin will fail between 1,200 and 1,500 lbs of static force.  This allows emergency vehicle’s to enter without personnel ever having to leave their vehicle.  The Single Post traffic blocker is placed back in the upright position with an inexpensive replacement shear pin.

Avoiding a Smash and Grab

Problem:
Smash and Grab crime, which is also commonly known as “Ram-Raiding” is an issue faced by private business owners as well as tax funded agencies.  The intent of this type of crime is relatively straight forward; drive a car or truck through a relatively weak entry point such as a roll up door, or glass entry way, load the vehicle with expensive merchandise and quickly get away.  Often these crimes go unsolved and the merchandise unrecovered.  Further, the owner is left with severe damage that can cost a fair amount to repair.

Solution:
A Smash and Grab can be easily avoided through the use of removable bollards.  These steel bollards are used to block the unauthorized entry of vehicles during off hours and are easily removed to provide a flush surface during business hours.  The surface provided by a removable street bollard can be driven over and walked over without noticing that it is even there.  One of the most popular bollards used in this application is the TrafficGuard Round Post Key Lock. This product has been used by countless TrafficGuard customers to protect property and people from Smash and Grab crime.

The Ultimate Protection Against Ram Raiding – High Security Bollards

TrafficGuard’s newest bollard, the Round Post Top Lock High Security Bollard, is the best offering yet to protect facilities from ram-raiding crime.  The new product has the same size and strength of TrafficGuard’s full line of bollards, however, it now couples that strength with a tamper proof padlock cover.  This new feature makes it virtually impossible to penetrate a facility protected by these removable bollards.   Now property owners and facilities managers can protect from both lock cutting as well as ram raiding crime.

Select the Right Bollards for Your Application

Failing to choose the correct bollard for a particular application is one of the biggest mistakes agencies make when seeking out a security solution.  The most common error is choosing a product that is over-kill for a particular application.  This can result in unsightly security products that are  cumbersome, difficult to deal with, and potentially a hazard.  It is wise to consult with a bollard manufacturer or an agency or person that has had success in choosing an appropriate bollard solution for a particular application.

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Bollards Protect People and Property

Cars leaving the road way are a hazard to pedestrians in the area.  There are various ways to protect citizens from this type of danger.  One is a fixed bollard that can impede a vehicle from jumping the curb and striking a pedestrian.   There are countless examples where bollards have protected, or could have protected pedestrians from being struck by a vehicle.  Intersections aren’t the only areas where security bollards can be used to protect pedestrians.  Outdoor seating areas at restaurants are good example of a high risk area to accidental vehicle intrusion.   Many seating areas at restaurants and bars have been accidentally run through when a driver puts the car in drive instead of reverse.

Bollards Help Prevent Ram-Raiding Crime

Bollards provide substantial protection against ram-raiding crime.  Ram-raiding crime occurs when a vehicle is driven through a door or other entry point of a business with the intent to leave with valuable merchandise or information.  The cost of a bollard system is relatively inexpensive in comparison to the damages caused by a thief.  Typically, criminals in this type of crime will steal a vehicle and drive it through a garage door or glass store front where the vehicle can easily penetrate and allow a quick escape.  The placement of a removable bollard enables these weak points to be protected during non-business hours, but allow access during normal operating hours.Removable security posts can provide protection to public buildings without becoming an eye sore.   Bollards are used at the capital building in Carson City, Nevada. Posts such as these keep facilities secure from unwanted vehicle access and those looking to do harm to property and people, or simply someone not paying attention in their vehicle.  It is important before selecting a bollard to determine what the requirements are in terms  of the posts ability to stop vehicles and the requirements by local authorities such as police and fire departments.  Most police and fire districts have a preferred type of bollard as well as the type of locking mechanism used.   Steel bollards can be used in conjunction with bollard covers to provide both functionality and the desired look.  Covers are an inexpensive way to improve the look of existing permanent and removable posts.

Removable Bollards Improve Security

Removable security posts can provide protection to public buildings without becoming an eye sore.   Bollards are used at the capital building in Carson City, Nevada. Posts such as these keep facilities secure from unwanted vehicle access and those looking to do harm to property and people, or simply someone not paying attention in their vehicle.  It is important before selecting a bollard to determine what the requirements are in terms  of the posts ability to stop vehicles and the requirements by local authorities such as police and fire departments.  Most police and fire districts have a preferred type of bollard as well as the type of locking mechanism used.   Steel bollards can be used in conjunction with bollard covers to provide both functionality and the desired look.  Covers are an inexpensive way to improve the look of existing permanent and removable posts.