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The Difference Between Active and Passive Security Barriers

The two main categories of security barriers are active and passive.

Much like a high-security fence, security barriers can play a key role in your perimeter protection. They are often the first line of defense when it comes to guarding against who enters your property. The two main categories of security barriers are active and passive. For more about what that means and how they are different, read on.

Active vs. Passive

By definition, active security barriers have a moving element, while passive barriers do not. Because of this, you have different opportunities to control entry to your property, depending on your needs. Think of it as the difference between a gate and a fence; a fence simply offers resistance to intruders while a gate is the entry point that lets only authorized persons in. Active and passive security barriers work in exactly the same way.

Types of Active Barriers

Active security barriers are often used to control vehicular traffic around your property. The most familiar example of this is the drop-arm gate that is controlled by a gate operator, which is common in toll booths. The barrier itself does not have to be moving, but it should be able to be moved. For example, temporary fencing is another common active security barrier. Often used on construction sites, temporary fencing can be moved and placed anywhere as needed during the course of the project. 

Types of Passive Barriers

Passive security barriers are similarly related to controlling road traffic. Because they are not meant to move or be moved, passive security barriers are a permanent feature of a property. Security bollards are a classic example of passive security barriers. These columns or poles are short but sturdy and can resist the impact from a vehicle at varying speeds, depending on their K-rating. Even certain terrain and landscaping can be used as a passive security barrier to make it difficult for a vehicle to directly enter unauthorized areas of your property.

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