A Crash Course on Hardening Soft Targets

How vehicular perimeter security systems can play into your overall facility design


In designing a barrier system, you must also consider whether to use a passive or active system. Normally, an active system keeps the barrier in the active or up position. It must be deactivated to permit access. Active systems are preferable to ones that must be activated to prevent access because they are more secure.

One final area that should not be overlooked is aesthetics. With today's smart designs, it's no longer necessary to choose between form and function. You can have them both. Designers are creating secure environments with more compatible and aesthetically pleasing architectural elements.

Putting New Vehicular Threat Tactics on the Defensive

By their very nature, terrorist attacks are unpredictable and predicated on surprise. Staying one step ahead by identifying vulnerable areas, and securing them, is critical to staving off vehicular attacks.

That means being able to deploy security equipment in tough conditions, at a moment's notice. As mentioned earlier, such equipment now exists in the form of portable, temporary barriers which can be towed into position. These barriers can be deployed quickly and effectively.

Terrorists typically don't go where they see barricades, so placing them wherever possible attacks can happen reduces security risks dramatically. Temporary barriers can protect facilities while permanent ones are being built, and they're even effective for the long-term where physical conditions preclude permanent solutions.

No Application Too Large or Small

Protecting perimeters of soft target facilities is no small responsibility. Knowing you've got the right equipment in place to secure the facility and to prevent human tragedy brings a peace of mind that no amount of money can buy. Carefully researching available options and consulting with experts will ultimately lead to the right solution.

About the author: David Dickinson holds a bachelors degree in biological sciences as well as an MBA. During the first half of his career, he developed scientific instrumentation, including spectrophotometers, non-dispersive infrared analyzers and highly automated clinical blood analyzers. He joined Delta Scientific 17 years ago and has since been involved in business development, marketing, general management, design and strategic planning, traveling to 28 countries on behalf of the company and its customers. Delta Scientific offers vehicular control solutions, including bollards, barricades, crash gates and more.