Security bollards are used for a variety of reasons, such as restricting access to pedestrian areas, traffic calming measures, and as a means of adding additional security. But it’s not just organisations and government departments that are using them. Today, more and more homeowners are also choosing to invest in driveway bollards to keep their homes safe and protect their car parking spaces.
Anyone can legally park on your driveway
Did you know that anyone can park on your driveway, and you’re not allowed to remove their vehicles?
In fact, while The Road Traffic Act means that local authorities can hand out penalty charge notices on cars that are parked illegally on the road in front of your home, they have no power when it comes to strangers parking on your driveway. Neither the police nor local authorities have the power to move random cars that have been left on your land.
What’s more, while the car is trespassing, by law this is only considered a civil offence. So, you would need an eviction notice from the courts to get the vehicle removed. And this can be a lengthy and expensive process.
Of course, you could hire a tow-truck to have the car moved, but you would have to pay for this. Furthermore, if the car became damaged during this process, you would be liable for any repairs.
To stop this from happening to you, at Shelter Store we believe that prevention is better than cure. And, driveway bollards are perfect when it comes to making sure that your drive remains clear for use by you and your family at all times.
What to consider when investing in driveway bollards
One of the most important considerations when looking to invest in a driveway bollard (or any security bollard for that matter!), is why you need it in the first place. What is the primary purpose of the driveway bollard? Once you know this, it will become much easier to select the best option for you.
To ward off parking stealing opportunists
If you want a simple, visual deterrent to ward off would-be parking thieves, then a basic fold down bollard may be the most cost-effective solution.
To physically stop people from parking on your property
If you require a more substantial presence, then manual retractable driveway bollards that are larger in diameter and height might be the answer. Lifting and locking into position – and lowering back into the ground when access is required – retractable bollards are a simple, unobtrusive option to increase driveway security. With integrated lock and keys, our manual retractable driveway bollards meet the sweet spot between budget and functionality.
Driveway bollards with no effort required
Of course, for some people, lifting and locking bollards isn’t easy. In which case, a semi-automatic, or lift-assisted retractable driveway bollard could be the perfect solution. With an inbuilt gas actuator for easier lifting, and no cabling or electrical connections required, these driveway bollards offer a lift-assist mechanism that allows for ease of operation.
The best solution for busy driveways and residential car parks
Where multiple access is required throughout the day – for example, in developments where residents share a car park – fully automatic driveway bollards are the most popular choice. With a range of access options – such as key fob operation, access intercoms and proximity cards – we guarantee that there is a system to suit your needs.
Why choose Shelter Store residential security bollards?
Whatever your budget, adding an extra layer of security to your home will help you feel safe and secure.