Common options for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

Alongside their security fencing system, gates and other installed barriers, many businesses and enterprises also require some form of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) to stop vehicles from passing at certain times.

Whether designed to keep all vehicles out or prevent access for unwanted ones, these systems come in a variety of structures and sizes. As founding members of the Perimeter Security Suppliers Association, we are well-placed to give you a breakdown of some of the most common options chosen.

Options for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation;

1. Concrete barriers

Most people will have seen these lining the perimeters of motorways and dual carriageways. Still, they can also be used by businesses and event organisers to divert traffic towards designated entrances.

Each block is manufactured with a combination of high strength concrete and steel reinforcing, making them sturdy enough to remain standing or only move a short distance when hit at high speeds. Being weighty, wide blocks, these are best suited to permanent tasks where there’ll not need to be moved regularly.

See: MultiFence PAS 68

2. Sliding gates

Often used for utility security, these installations are best placed on-premises where critical equipment or services are kept. This is because such structures can easily be adapted with barbed wire, spikes, and other additions if necessary while also being slowly manoeuvrable whenever employees need to visit.

Designed to withstand the impact of a 7.5-tonne vehicle, such barriers are intended to defend against the highest level of threats, including attempts by criminals to gain entry to the site.

3. Mitigate barriers

A cheaper alternative to most other options, these smaller, manoeuvrable barriers are a more convenient option for sites that require regular access, often with multiple vehicles following each other at a time. In addition, the fact that they can be moved up and down quickly makes them ideal for motorway toll booths, entrances to low-security business premises and construction site security.

4. Bollards

Like mitigate barriers, these are designed purely to stop vehicles from passing, as pedestrians can easily get around them. However, when it comes to cars, vans, and other vehicles, they are a very space-efficient structure, especially rising bollard systems that ascend from the ground when prompted by sensors or manual controls.

See: Terror Stopper PAS 68 Static Bollards

Looking for more options for hostile vehicle mitigation? Contact Zaun today!

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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