Formed in 1981, Maltaward has carried out Civil Engineering contracts through the South East of England and has established an excellent reputation with their clients. Maltaward Barriers Ltd was set up in 2004 to specialise in the provision of plastic and concrete barriers for sale and hire. This blog is the perfect place to catch up with news and events from Maltward and to find out more about the company.
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Concrete barriers have a huge range of uses on all kinds of properties from construction sites and warehouses to commercial premises. Designed with safety, strength and security in mind, these barriers could be perfect for your needs. Here are five practical uses for concrete barriers. Preventing access You may have a commercial premises, property or […] The post Five practical uses for concrete barriers appeared first on...
Concrete barriers have a huge range of uses on all kinds of properties from construction sites and warehouses to commercial premises. Designed with safety, strength and security in mind, these barriers could be perfect for your needs. Here are five practical uses for concrete barriers.
You may have a commercial premises, property or plot of land that you want to restrict access to. Heavy concrete barriers can be used to sit in front of access points in order to stop vehicles from being able to enter the site. These hard-wearing barriers are a perfect choice if you are carrying out long-term works on a vacant property, or if you have a site that is specifically vulnerable.
Barriers help you to completely prevent the risk of trespass or intrusion – especially if this is something you have had a problem with in the past. It also reduces the risk to your property from attacks that utilise cars and vehicles, such as ram-raiding or issues with fly-tipping, which can be prevented.
However, concrete barriers are also useful from a safety perspective. You may wish to limit public or vehicular access to certain areas of your site due to hazards such as deep water or moving equipment.
There are many reasons that you may need to restrict views of your site. Firstly, you may wish to keep your works private or protected, screening away any individuals from being able to view the site. It may also be the case that site works could be a distraction to road users or the rest of the community.
Large concrete barriers fitted with screens can be placed in an interlocking structure to create a boundary or perimeter which can act as a barrier against individuals snooping or spying on the activities on your property, as well as stopping unwanted intrusion.
One of the major uses for concrete barriers is in giving structure to large, open physical spaces. A good example of this is in creating temporary car parking, as you can easily delineate bays and areas to make it as easy as possible. Whether this is to give workers somewhere to park on a construction site, or if you are running an event, this can be extremely useful.
Concrete barriers can be used as a means of physical defences, for example as a part of flood defences or to support works by retaining earth.
Of course, there are many types of barrier that can be used for guiding traffic, but concrete barriers have the advantages of being very strong and stable which makes them extremely difficult to dislodge, even when situated close to heavy traffic. Even if the barriers are accidentally knocked by vehicles, they will stand in place.
This is a very dependable long-term solution if you need to guide traffic anywhere on your property, especially as the barriers could be moved if necessary.
If you would like to learn more about how concrete barriers could be used on your site, please get in contact with the experienced team at Maltaward today.
We are starting 2019 with a yard half full! We are pleased to see that our stock of TVCB’s, Lego Blocks and Mass Barriers have been moving out on hire at a great pace this year. With hires going out to Bristol, London, Gatwick and Cannock, our delivery drivers have been very busy. There are […] The post 2019 Off to a Flying Start appeared first on...
We are starting 2019 with a yard half full! We are pleased to see that our stock of TVCB’s, Lego Blocks and Mass Barriers have been moving out on hire at a great pace this year.
With hires going out to Bristol, London, Gatwick and Cannock, our delivery drivers have been very busy. There are freshly painted bright yellow Lego blocks all to meet our clients requirements and ready to go out to a site at Heathrow.
There were over 700 TVCB’s shifted out on hire last month, making the yard at Faygate look very tidy. However no need to worry about stock shortages as with our yards at Bingham, Birmingham and Leeds, there are still plenty available.
We can supply blocks to any part of the country and our range includes:
Jersey Barriers, Malta Marquee Blocks, TVCB’s, Delta Blocks, Plastic Water Filled Barriers, Kentledge Blocks and Mass Barrier systems.
Our additional security services include site clearances, vacant property monitoring with CCTV, evictions and the provision of guards and dog handlers so we have the ability to meet any security challenge.
Contact our office for instant help.
If your office, warehouse, commercial or industrial site has its own car park then you should be aware that this is a vulnerable place for your physical security. Firstly, a car park can be a place that criminals can use to conduct surveillance on staff without attracting suspicion. Additionally, remember that if you do suffer […] The post How to secure your business car park appeared first on...
If your office, warehouse, commercial or industrial site has its own car park then you should be aware that this is a vulnerable place for your physical security. Firstly, a car park can be a place that criminals can use to conduct surveillance on staff without attracting suspicion. Additionally, remember that if you do suffer a physical breach and have anything stolen, the criminals will use a vehicle to get away.
This means that you need to ensure that your car park is equipped with relevant security features to keep it secure. Here we take a look at some of the most common security features that you can put in place to help to protect your business.
The first step for car park security is to install an entry barrier. This barrier can be code protected – this code can change regularly and be automatically sent to staff, allowing them to always have access to the car park. Alternatively, the barrier can require fob activation or a security guard can be employed to manage entry into the car park.
As well as providing a simple layer of security that will keep out unauthorised vehicles, having a barrier in place will help to make sure that members of the public do not use your car park. Having an understanding of who is in the car park can also be a useful security feature.
It should be pointed out that while there might be only one official entry point to a car park, there could well be other areas in which a car could drive in. For example, if a car mounts the pavement, they may be able to enter through a gap in a wall. It can be easy to overlook these areas, but they are vulnerable points. Criminals can potentially use them to gain access to your car park.
One of the fastest and most effective ways to block access to your car park through vulnerable entry points is to have concrete barriers placed across them. This can help to prevent unauthorised access to the site and ensure that all vehicles that want to enter the car park have to use the aforementioned barrier.
Limiting access is one way of securing your car park, but it is also important to remember that it may not be possible to prevent all access to your car park, and that it is sensible to take further steps to add layers of security. If someone is able to get into your car park, you want to have additional measures in place to limit what they can do.
It is a good idea to have CCTV installed overlooking your car park. Cameras can catch the number plate of any vehicle as well as provide images of the individuals trespassing. But perhaps even more effective is the fact that CCTV acts as a deterrent. When individuals see that a car park is protected by CCTV they will look for somewhere different that doesn’t have these sorts of security features. So, ensure that if you put CCTV in, you also add clear signage to show that people are being watched by security cameras.
Another strong security feature that can be extremely beneficial for your car park is motion sensing lighting. When the lights detect movement they turn on, lighting up anyone who might be in the vicinity. Once again, this can act as an excellent deterrent, and can put off criminals attempting to conduct clandestine surveillance.
We are currently providing ongoing CCTV site security cover for a valued customer in Walton on Thames. We have supplied and installed a wireless video verification alarm system, monitored 24 hours a day, to raise the alarm if the vacant site is subject to any unauthorised entry, theft or vandalism, over the vulnerable Christmas Period. […] The post Another successful CCTV installation appeared first on...
We are currently providing ongoing CCTV site security cover for a valued customer in Walton on Thames. We have supplied and installed a wireless video verification alarm system, monitored 24 hours a day, to raise the alarm if the vacant site is subject to any unauthorised entry, theft or vandalism, over the vulnerable Christmas Period.
Our CCTV cameras can be installed in a matter of hours, they come with Solar powered batteries providing long operating periods with no need to provide mains power or internet connections therefore reducing maintenance site visits.
Monitored CCTV provides additional security peace of mind over and above the installation of our Concrete TVCB blocks which will exclude vehicles from sites. The cameras can be set to monitor the front and back doors, internally or externally, there is no limit to the number of cameras that you can install.
We have a range of cameras for hire, including CCTV masts to fit any application which can be installed alongside our approved traditional static security systems, such as TVCB’c Concrete blocks, security screens and fencing options.
We’d love to talk to you about how we can help provide site CCTV solutions or indeed other forms of site security so talk to our experts today.
It is an unfortunate truth that property owners need to take steps to ensure that their buildings are secure at all times. Whether you have a large vacant property or hold high-value equipment or data at your site overnight, it is important to take the correct measures. When properties are left unsecured it can lead […] The post Four methods to keep property secure appeared first on...
It is an unfortunate truth that property owners need to take steps to ensure that their buildings are secure at all times. Whether you have a large vacant property or hold high-value equipment or data at your site overnight, it is important to take the correct measures.
When properties are left unsecured it can lead to squatters and travellers gaining entry and trespassing. This can be a frustrating and time-consuming situation to rectify; it is a much better idea to prevent the issue in the first place. Properties with expensive equipment can be the target of criminals, so it is vital to ensure it is protected around the clock.
Here are four important methods that you can use to keep your property secure. Some or all could be suitable for you, depending on your needs.
One of the best ways to deter potential intruders to your site is to have it patrolled by guards. This is an effective method for both the detection of intruders as well as acting as a deterrent to those who are considering targeting your property.
A great option is to choose patrols with security dogs. Highly responsive and adaptable, teams with security dogs are more agile and intimidating than standard security patrols, and these teams can be a fantastic choice in protecting valuable equipment. However, it is important that these dogs are fully trained and work with an accredited handler.
Fencing can have a range of applications, for example as a safety precaution for the general public to avoid the risk of potentially trespassing on a dangerous site. However, fencing can also be an effective deterrent against criminal behaviour. Traditional steel palisade fencing acts as a strong visual indicator of a secure site, potentially warding off trespassers. These fences are highly durable, which makes them ideal as security.
If you need to make an area of your property inaccessible and also keep it secure for prying eyes, close board fencing could be an appropriate solution. As with steel fencing this can act as much as a deterrent simply from its presence – showing that you are serious about your physical security.
Another good option to keep your property secure is CCTV. This is a different form of security compared to a patrol or fencing – it can still act as a deterrent, but you will also need to put up clear signage to show that the property is covered by cameras.
Of course, CCTV can also function as a useful tool if you do suffer some sort of breach. The intruders can be easily identified, helping with investigations. This is a situation that no-one wants to be in, but it is always best to be prepared for the worst.
It is also important to prevent access to your site in order to keep it as secure as possible. While concrete barriers won’t be able to keep people out entirely, they can provide a very useful function. This is that they will stop vehicles from being able to gain access to the vicinity of the property. This will make the site inaccessible for travellers looking for somewhere to stay, and also make it much more difficult for criminals to steal from the property.
At Maltaward we offer a full range of security measures for vacant property. If you are interested in learning more please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today.
You might think that taking care of an empty building is easy – after all, there aren’t any valuables inside and nobody is using it, so what’s to maintain? In reality, the opposite is true. For starters, gradual disrepair is more likely to go unnoticed in a vacant property, ultimately leading to more severe problems […] The post The biggest vulnerabilities of your vacant property appeared first on...
You might think that taking care of an empty building is easy – after all, there aren’t any valuables inside and nobody is using it, so what’s to maintain?
In reality, the opposite is true. For starters, gradual disrepair is more likely to go unnoticed in a vacant property, ultimately leading to more severe problems that are difficult (and expensive) to fix. There’s also the fact that some people see an ‘abandoned’ house or commercial premises as an opportunity. Vandals, squatters, “urban explorers” and those looking to conduct more serious crimes will only be encouraged by a lack of proper maintenance.
If you’re the owner or manager of an empty unit – be it a residential block, a warehouse or a disused office – you probably want to avoid being liable for injuries, or out of pocket for damages or legal action. Here is our guide to the most likely weak spots in your empty building.
It should be fairly obvious that windows and doors are among the most vulnerable parts of your property – they’re designed to let people in and out, after all. If your site isn’t properly monitored, you’re giving anyone that wants to break-in the opportunity to force your locks without being noticed.
Installing steel security doors and Sitex screens over windows makes it virtually impossible for these entry points to be breached without specialist equipment. They are also resistant to fire damage and brute force, which can be a weakness of conventional wooden boards.
Sitex security screens
Don’t be tempted to skip your landscaping duties just because the property isn’t being used. Overgrowth sends a clear message that nobody is tending to the property, while also making it easier for trespassers to move around without being spotted. Plants that cover paths and entrances will become a hazard for anyone that still needs to access the property, while climbing plants and roots can encourage damp and cause structural issues if left unchecked.
Heavy rain, high winds and frosts can often cause damage to roofs and brickwork, compromising the structure and potentially letting in moisture, pests or even people. If you only check on the property sporadically, save yourself from an unpleasant surprise by scheduling a check-up before and after bad weather.
You might think that the tools or bits of rubbish that you’ve left outside the property are all worthless, but criminals see something different. Not only are those items vulnerable to theft, they can also be used to climb onto or break into your building, or encourage people to add their own waste to the pile. Don’t tempt trespassers – tidy up mess and keep any bulky items locked away in a storage container or at least hidden from view behind a MASS Screenguard.
Overgrown foliage and a site that’s littered with debris tend to attract one type of criminal, but open spaces invite another. If you’ve got a deserted yard or field, be sure to take measures that prevent traveller invasions and fly-tipping outfits from gaining access. We recommend installing concrete barriers at intervals or as a continuous blockade to stop vehicles from driving onto your site.
Outbuildings, storage containers and large equipment can cast shadows that make it very difficult to detect trespassers moving around the property, giving them the advantage. Reduce this cover by installing motion-sensor lights, and consider hiring a security patrol dog to sniff out and catch perpetrators.
Don’t let “out of sight” become “out of mind” when it comes to managing the security of a vacant property. If you can’t afford to check in with your empty building regularly, contact our team to find out more about our security options to help maintain your peace of mind.
At Maltaward, we offer complete protection systems for any vacant site. In addition to our preventative measures (perimeter fencing, window screens, active security guards), we have a nationwide network of fast-response teams for dealing with fly-tipping clean-up and traveller evictions. If you have any concerns about the vulnerability of your empty property, call us now.
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