Most people have probably seen bollards before but not known what they were called. Some people refer to them by a more generic term, such as “traffic barriers.” A bollard is a vertical post that is short and sturdy used for security to prevent vehicles from crashing into buildings or pedestrian areas. The word appears to derive from “bole,” a Middle English term referring to the trunk of a tree, though today’s bollards are typically made of steel. The first recorded use of “bollard” in English was in the mid-1700s. However, bollards themselves have existed in one form or another since the 1600s.
You have a lot invested in your company in terms of tangible assets and human resources. Physical security is crucial to protect your assets and maintain the safety of your employees. Of course, you face virtual security threats, such as ransomware attacks, that may negatively affect both you and your employees. Nevertheless, however serious it may be, a cyber attack against your company is unlikely to result in violence, injuries, and death. Therefore, physical security absolutely has to be one of your top priorities. Here are some tips for keeping you and your employees safe and your physical assets secure.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When that chain is part of perimeter fencing, the most vulnerable point may not be where you think. Gates act as more than security equipment, they represent structural safety meant to stop even the largest of threats. While bollards and recessed rising barricades are effective, they just don’t project the outward strength that is immediately captured by a well-constructed and manned gate. Even so, that image can be shattered in short order when a determined assailant decides to take action against private or secured property.
A nation’s utilities are one of the most integral parts of its infrastructure. Disrupting electricity, natural gas or water can inconvenience, or more threaten, the lives of thousands of citizens. These facilities pose challenges not generally associated with other locations. While cybersecurity is at the forefront of utility protection, these locations still need to be protected from more traditional physical assaults as well.
While many things have changed due to the worldwide pandemic, some things still remain the same. The threats of vehicular violence are still present even though collisions have become less frequent and traffic, in general, is at a significant low thanks to COVID-19. Preparing for such instances remains a high priority, and those institutions that take preemptive action stand to prevent major incidents before they start.
The COVID-19 pandemic is drastically changing the lives of everyone around the globe. While people can hope that global citizens will work together to overcome this crisis, there are always those looking to either profit from the situation, or only think about their own well-being. There are people who rush to stores during any emergency, grabbing up food and other supplies as quickly as they appear on the shelves. Unfortunately, during a long-term event like the pandemic, hoarding may cause even more harm than leaving a family without toilet paper.
Around the world, governments are trying to protect their citizens from COVID-19. One of the most effective ways is to create seclusion zones to keep people isolated and reduce the risk of spread. Agencies have also set up ad-hoc testing facilities to help determine who is affected, helping to establish quarantine procedures and track how far the illness has spread. In order to control the large amounts of pedestrians and vehicles, many areas are focusing on temporary solutions to traffic control and safety concerns.
Vehicular attacks are quickly becoming a real and regular threat. According to a 2018 San Jose State University study, the number of events involving this method of assault has skyrocketed worldwide in recent years.