Late last month I came across this interesting, but controversial, article from UTV Ireland Limited entitled: “Using Bollards to Protect Your Hotel: A Guide”. It was written by Melissa Thompson and directed towards hotel owners.
Melissa first lists a myriad of responsibilities that fall onto hotel owners’ shoulders. Then she raises a concern about safety outside the hotel and using bollards to minimize potential incidents.
Ms. Thompson defines bollards as a “very sturdy, vertical post” originally used to tie ship mooring ropes to docks. Bollards, she notes, have advanced and now are available in various styles, sizes and shapes sitting outside various types of establishments.
She then launches into a somewhat disturbing synopsis in the middle of the essay.
A “very simple reason” for the need for security bollards is to provide “the ultimate safety outside the front (or back) of your hotel..” to prevent “unauthorized vehicles from coming over the threshold of your property and potentially damaging your building…”
I think the use of the word ‘ultimate’ is a little overreaching. I would never use it when talking with a client or prospect. Also, where is any reference to what should really be the ultimate goal? That goal is preventing potential injury (and possible death) to guests and staff from an errant vehicle?
I would next ask her how combining bollards and other security devices “…ensure that every inch of your outside space is protected…”? I disagree and would never use such a blanket statement. There are no assurances in security. Even the most advanced bollards could not contain each and every potential attack threat.
Finally, her suggestion of using bollards to deter people from accessing grounds, landscaping and paths does not take into account the very construction and installation of security bollards, nor their intended usage.
Bollards, simply stated, are not fences. When properly installed and spaced, they prevent vehicles, whether intentional or not, from entering unauthorized spaces. They are intended to protect both people from potential injury as well as property from damage.
She concludes with topics such as selecting the proper bollard – fixed or retractable – but fails to mention removable bollards (as shown in the image above). Vigorous testing is another topic in the selection of the proper bollard, although standards are also not mentioned. Finally, aesthetics are briefly touched upon.
I felt somewhat disappointed in the article.
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