The horrific attacks on pedestrians in London and Europe recently are a reminder of the lengths some people hell-bent on causing death and mayhem will go to in order to carry out their acts.
It was not the first time that vehicles have been used as mobile weapons or as battering rams, the first example having been the 2007 Glasgow Airport attack, when an individual tried to drive a Jeep filled with gas canisters through the airport’s front door.
Thankfully, nobody was injured or killed, but the incident prompted the country’s most important buildings, including other airports, the Houses of Parliament and embassies to surround themselves with concrete barriers to deter further attack and we have seen similar scenes this month outside Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
Although effective, defensive barriers can also create a climate of fear, reinforcing the feeling of being threatened by terror, which is precisely what some groups look to achieve.
This is why Securiscape was formed – to produce effective planters, bollards and street furniture that would provide a reliable defence when needed, without making the UK’s streets look like a fortress.
Everything we do has been carried out through working closely with the Government’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) which lays out three principles of defending your premises - Deter, Detect and Delay.
Our products, known as VSRs (Vehicle Security Barriers), belong squarely into the Deter and Delay categories.
They deter because, as passive defences, and when properly sited, they ensure that nobody using their vehicle will have a clear run to the building they are trying to target. They also ensure that anyone leaving a car threat is forced to leave it far enough away to prevent major damage.
If attackers decide to break through the barrier mounted by our planters, bollards or other street furniture, then their design brings the Delay principle into play.
Our planters are not just “normal” planters, nor are our bollards simple metal posts. Both have been specially designed to stand up to a direct assault by a vehicle and have been proven to withstand the impact of a 7.5 tonne travelling at 40mph, stopping it in its tracks. It is for this reason that they have earned the coveted PAS68: 2010 standard.
All of this is achieved using some concrete barriers, of course, but our products have one crucial difference.
They are designed with aesthetics in mind as well as security, with a range of finishes available from brushed steel to patinated bronze, so that as well as keeping you safe, they’re enhancing the street scene.
"Our Street furniture provides a practical answer to protecting people and property and include benches, seats, tree surrounds, bicycle racks and more. In fact, 100's of applications"