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PAS 170 Green Bollard

Cost-effective criminal protection for public spaces

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Tuesday 23rd July, 2019

Introduced in 2018, the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 170 standard has transformed how local authorities and developers can protect public spaces against the risk of criminal and accidental impact from vehicles.

For any public area, it’s vital that the type of product installed is proportionate to the risk faced.

In situations where there is a criminal threat from ram-raiding – such as a shop front, retail park or ATM – measures accredited to the highest certifications are likely to be unnecessary. Crash-tested security products that meet the established International Workshop Agreement (IWA) 14.1 and PAS 68 standards, for example, can protect against vehicles weighing as heavy as 7.5 tonnes, traveling at speeds of 50 miles per hour (80 kilometres per hour).

Naturally, providing this level of protection entails higher costs.

In lower risk environments where the aim is to mitigate accidential collisions or criminal intent, security products that are specifically designed to counter cars, vans and lorries travelling at lower speeds offer a more appropriate and cost-effective solution. PAS 170 therefore plays an important role in the market by delivering a testing standard for vehicles of up to 2.5 tonnes travelling at between 10 and 20 mph (16 to 32 kilometres per hour).

The criminal use of vehicles in robberies is a growing problem. In the UK, attempts to steal cash machines rose from 400 in 2014 to 841 in 2018 in the UK, according to SaferCash. A high proportion of these involved a ram-raid.

That’s why Marshalls Landscape Protection has developed a new Rhinoguard® range of security measures that are crash-tested to PAS 170 specifications.They are built to complement the aesthetics of their surroundings and can be customised depending on our customers’ requirements. They can also be tailored to factor in landscape restrictions, such as a limited excavation depth of 200mm.

The focus on aesthetics is key. Architects, specifiers, planners, security consultants and business owners in general are rightly concerned that large, intimidating barriers may create an environment of fear among the public. Our products have been developed and tested so that they can be specified at this standard with sleeves in stainless steel, mild steel and ferrocast to complement any surrounding area.

It’s vital that those responsible for shaping public spaces recognise that there is no one size fits all response to the risks posed by intentional or accidental vehicle incidents. The threat level should govern the type of security that’s specified and our PAS 170 tested range provides a more flexible, cost-effective option to secure public spaces.

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