Understanding How to Use Passive and Active Security Features

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Active security features include these retractable bollards and arm barriers.

Are you looking for a comprehensive plan to increase your property’s security? Installing security features is a crucial part of any effective security strategy, but did you know there are multiple security methods and structures that you can use? You can separate security features into two categories: passive and active security features. Knowing how to benefit from both of these styles, and how to combine them, can help you achieve the best security for your property. 

Active Security Features

Active security features are designed to block unauthorized access but can also move when an authorized person or vehicle approaches. Active security measures are designed to deter unwanted guests while still allowing access when appropriate. Active security features can include: 

  • Drop arm barriers that use a horizontal beam. The beam will swing up to allow authorized vehicle access. 
  • Retractable bollards are ideal for infrequent use at places such as stadiums or malls that occasionally need to let vehicles on the property. 
  • Swing gates which are designed with a counterweight and a balanced beam
  • Upswing barrier gates are commonly found in parking lots, apartments, and high-traffic areas for easy and flexible traffic direction
  • Retractable wedge barriers make a wedge and can be used to prevent vehicles from driving in unpermitted areas in high-security areas

Active security features are best for properties that partake in a variety of projects or properties that are sometimes open to the public, such as stadiums, arenas, or universities. 

Passive Security Features

On the other hand, passive security features are those which are not retractable and will be a permanent part of your property. Rather than adjusting for authorized visitors, passive security measures stay and work by standing firm and protecting your property from collisions or impacts. Common passive security includes: 

  • Concrete walls, designed with proper height, reinforcement, and thickness
  • Terrain features including moats, ditches, or other elements dangerous to vehicles
  • Bollards that are permanent and crash-rated

By selecting the appropriate passive and active security features for your property, you can design an effective yet versatile security system. 

Choose Hercules High Security to Protect Your Property

Whether you need White House-level security fencing, or you need the perfect version of a white picket fence to guard your business or residential property, trust the experts at Hercules High Security. For more information and to learn how we can meet your custom fencing needs, contact Hercules High Security online or give us a call at 1-800-395-9597. Our professionals are ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area to Richmond, Virginia. We have branch offices in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, and Maryland. We will ensure your investment serves your family and your business for years to come! For updates and to see projects we’re working on, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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