Vehicle Bollards and Target Hardening

Feb 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Michael Witt

A variety of environments call for strong protection against unauthorized vehicles, which could do major damage and threaten lives if allowed to penetrate vulnerable spaces. Vehicle bollards mitigate this risk by providing a barrier that is decidedly difficult to overcome. These valuable security features can take many forms; removable and retractable security bollards are increasingly common, but decorative security bollards can also be found in many settings.

No matter how they're implemented, vehicle bollards form a critical component of security protocol, providing both protection and peace of mind. Their value is highlighted in detail below, along with customization options to ensure that they provide the best and most convenient security possible. 


What Are Security Bollards?

Bollards hold a long history as street-based fixtures. These features were regularly constructed as early as the Roman Empire. Initially, they were primarily used for milestone markers and tethering posts. Eventually, however, they transitioned to security. Today, they serve as an essential barrier, designed to keep unauthorized vehicles out of spaces in which individuals or structures could prove vulnerable. 

Although seemingly simple in terms of design, security bollards are far more powerful than they initially appear. The sheer visual spectacle of such features can prove valuable for directing the flow of traffic. They serve as more than visual reminders, however. Crash rated security bollards render protected spaces completely inaccessible, even for large vehicles traveling at high speeds.


How Do Vehicle Bollards Protect Your Facility?

Properly constructed vehicle bollards provide a critical element of protection for facilities with high volumes of traffic from both vehicles and pedestrians. These features can be found in a variety of settings, including business districts, universities, and even sporting facilities. In Atlanta, for example, bollards play a critical role in protecting the Mercedes-Benz Stadium — and those who occupy it — from harm. Extremely durable, these high-strength bollards are capable of stopping 15,000-pound vehicles traveling at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. 

Beyond keeping vehicles out, bollards are notable for who they let in: pedestrian traffic. They offer surprisingly discreet protection, with pedestrians often completely unaware that their personal security rests on the functioning of these features.


Contact Kontek Industries

A top infrastructure solutions provider in North Carolina, Kontek Industries boasts an impressive track record. This security solutions leader possesses a variety of patented proprietary designs that dramatically improve performance while also keeping security and defense protocol at a manageable cost.

From barriers and bollards to guard booths, Kontek's vast selection provides both the strong protection and peace of mind that North Carolina organizations require. Whether you're interested in implementing removable security bollards or other protective elements, you will appreciate the sheer strength of Kontek's options.

Reach out today to learn more about the value of crash rated security bollards — and to discover how top target hardening solutions from Kontek Industries can benefit your facility and its occupants.

Topics: Critical Infrastructure, Custom Fabrication, Target Hardening

Michael Witt

Published by Michael Witt

Michael Witt is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Kontek Industries. Michael is responsible for coordinating and executing sales strategies and marketing campaigns for the company. Prior to joining Kontek Industries, Michael was the Vice President of Sales of a U.S.-based physical security and surveillance company, where he managed a sales team supporting global security companies, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy, law enforcement agencies, and various defense groups across the world. Michael Witt served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 – 2010 and conducted combat operations in Afghanistan on multiple deployments. Michael has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Gardner Webb University.