Residential Security Tips: How to Secure Your Driveway

Taking steps to keep your driveway secure can deter would-be thieves from targeting your property. From automatic bollards and floodlights to telescopic posts and CCTV, there are a variety of tools you can use to maximise home security.

Read on to discover how to secure a driveway easily and effectively.

Large driveway with car

Consider Your Security Objectives

Before you decide how to secure your driveway, take a moment to consider what you want to achieve. Are you aiming to stop people from walking across your land, for example, or do you want to ensure a vehicle can’t be driven away by a thief? 

Similarly, think about how you use your driveway and what level of access will be required on a day-to-day basis. By doing so, you can ensure that your preferred security solutions are effective, without negatively impacting your lifestyle. 

Securing Your Driveway with 3 Simple Solutions

There are many ways to improve security at residential properties but these three simple solutions are amongst the easiest and most effective ways to keep your property safe:

1. Add Exterior Lighting 

Keeping your driveway well lit will deter trespassers from straying on to your land and help to keep vehicles and properties secure. Today, adding exterior lighting to a driveway is easier than ever. Battery-powered or solar-powered lights are a great option if you don’t want install wiring or add a new electrical circuit to your system. 

Decorative exterior lighting can be a great way to improve the appearance of your property and it will provide subtle illumination that’s enough to deter people from accessing your driveway. When combined with motion-sensor floodlights, you can enjoy increased security and optimal illumination when anyone steps foot on your property. 

2. Capture Footage on CCTV

If your home and driveway are covered by CCTV cameras, people will be less likely to target your property for theft or vandalism. Again, there are plenty of options to choose from and you can integrate CCTV cameras into a smart home system if you have one. 

In addition to dedicated cameras, you may choose to rely on doorbell cams to capture footage of your driveway. Whether you opt for motion-sensor cameras, real-time alerts and/or audio capture, the use of CCTV is a great way to keep your driveway secure. 

3. Install Security Posts

Security posts or bollards are one of the most effective ways to keep your driveway secure. In addition to deterring people from targeting your home or vehicles, they will also prevent anyone from driving away with your vehicle if they attempt to steal it. 

Car thefts are rising in many areas of the UK, so it’s particularly important to take steps to prevent your vehicles being targeted. Even if thieves attempt to use emulators to mimic smart keys, a driveway bollard or security posts will stop them driving away with your vehicle.

Two telescopic bollards installed by Bison

Different Types of Bollards for Residential Driveways

Installing security posts and bollards on driveways are critical if you want to protect your property but you’ll want to choose the best type to ensure optimal security. Here, we take a closer look at the best types of bollards and posts for residential driveways:

Telescopic Bollards

Also known as ‘fold-down’ or ‘retractable’ bollards, telescopic bollards provide easy-to-manage driveway security. Although you want to deter unauthorised persons from accessing your driveway, you also need to ensure that you can drive on and off the driveway with ease. 

A telescopic bollard can be lowered when you want to use the driveway and raised when you want to keep your property secure. Similarly lower the bollard and drive over it on to the driveway, for example, and raise and lock it in place to keep your vehicle secure on your car or van is parked on the driveway. 

With lift-assist technology available, these bollards are an easy-to-use security solution.

Removable Bollards

Removable bollards are another easy-to-use option that will keep your driveway secure. Instead of folding down or lying flat against the ground, the post can simply be lifted out and fully removed when it’s not in use. When the bollard is removed, a top lid sits over the installation hole to ensure a safe walking area. 

Similar to telescopic bollards, removable security posts are locked into place when in use, so you can be confident that no-one else will be able to unlock or remove the post. 

Automatic Bollards

If you want to combine optimal convenience with maximum driveway security, automatic bollards are just what you’re looking for! They retract into the ground at the touch of a button, making it easy for you to drive on or off the driveway. When you want to keep vehicles secure on the driveway, simply use your fob, remote or app to raise the bollard again.

For more information, check our dedicated guide to driveway bollards.

Installing Driveway Bollards & Posts

The correct installation method will depend on what type of bollard you choose but, in general, the following steps must be taken:

1. Excavate the Ground

You’ll need to dig into the ground to create a hole for the bollard or post. The size and depth will depend on the bollard you choose but remember to leave some extra room to add drainage stones or channels! This will help to keep the bollard stable and secure, as well as reducing the risk of waster-damage or corrosion beneath the ground. 

2. Install Root Bar

The root bar sits in the ground permanently and enables a telescopic bollard or post to retract when it’s in use. Alternatively, a retractable bollard will have a ground socket to hold it in place. Providing you have created enough depth when excavating the ground, the top of the root bar or ground socket should be flush with the driveway. 

Remember – if you’re installing automatic bollards, you’ll also need to ensure that they are wired into the power supply and that the hydraulic or pneumatic lines are unobstructed.

3. Place Bollard and Add Backfill

Position the bollard in place and add backfill around it to ensure it’s stable. For telescopic bollards, approx. 20mm of stones at a 20mm depth are usually sufficient. If you’re using removable driveway bollards, concrete can be added to hold the ground socket in place.  

Once drainage stones have been put in place, test the functionality of the bollard before adding medium wet slump concrete mix to strengthen the hold. 

Bison Are Here to Help

Bollards are a great way to keep your driveway secure but proper installation is essential for optimal performance.

With our professional bollard installation service, you can be confident that driveway bollards and their performance will provide maximum security. 

To learn more, call us on 01708 933267 or send a message to our team here.

Alternatively, just start looking at the extensive collection of driveway bollards we have on offer!