How To Buy Security Barricades

Construction barricades

Security barricades are not always what you think.  A giant concrete planter can provide a security barricade without the implied threat of, say, a razor fence.  As you survey security barrier options, keep your mind open to what will work best in the specific environment you need to secure.   

  1. Fencing.  Sometimes a fence is exactly what you need. In addition to the proverbial barbed wire fence, there is now the aptly-named razor wire or razor coil fence with continuous razor-sharp cutting surfaces.  Barbed wire is also often placed atop chain link fences, sometimes on brackets tilted toward the climber for an extra level of deterrence.
  2. Hollow barricade.  A hollow barricade is lightweight and easy to put into place by hand (instead of requiring heavy equipment to move).  Once in place, the barricades can be filled with water or sand as ballast.  When it's time to reposition, the barricade is easy to empty and move.  For maneuverability, hollow barricades can't be beat.    
  3. Bollards.  There is a wide range of security bollards available, in different heights, materials, and degrees of permanence.  For example, telescoping bollard recess into the ground when not needed.  There are even bollards that double as light posts.  Bollards provide excellent anti-ram protection.
  4. Movable barricade.  There are barricades that change from a closed position to a free pass position, powered by hydraulics or by hand.  Think of a drop-arm barrier, say at the entrance to a secured facility, for a visual of this type of barrier.  Often, a security outbuilding is close to the barricade to shelter the person responsible for enforcing access. 
    • Sensors.  From motion detectors to video monitoring, technological advancements have provided a myriad of options that rely on sensors to detect intrusion.  Typically, information is relayed to a central point, which may include wireless devices.  A tripped sensor can activate alarms, lights and movable barricades.
  5. Concrete barricades.  Pre-cast concrete barricades can either be standalone units, one continuous wall, or standalone units that are linked together to create a continuous wall.  Much can be done to improve the appearance of concrete these days, from texturing to casting in unique geometric shapes.  In other words, concrete barricades need not be as monochromatic as they at first sound.
  6. Traffic flow plates.  Traffic flow plates bolted to the road surface typically use some variation of tire-shredding teeth (that are either static or can be activated) to enforce traffic flow.  Traffic flow plates require adequate illumination and drainage, as well as warning signs.

 

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