Bollard plan for Vegas Strip to protect pedestrians from threat of terror

  • 700 steel bollards will protect pedestrians on the Strip
  • Bollards are designed to withstand 680kg truck
  • The proactive measure comes in the wake of recent attacks

Las Vegas authorities have announced they will be installing 700 steel bollards along the Strip, in a bid to provide additional security against terrorism.

Bollards placed on parts of the sidewalk in Las Vegas would stop a 680kg truck travelling at 50mph dead in its tracks.
Bollards placed on parts of the sidewalk in Las Vegas would stop a 680kg truck travelling at 50mph dead in its tracks.

With the number terrorist attacks using vehicles as weapons on the rise, the measure is a proactive one designed to reassure and protect the millions of casino visitors to Las Vegas streets every year.

A new form of terror

Over the last year, there have been at least eight different incidents around the globe in which a terrorist has sought to kill or maim as many pedestrians as possible by mounting the pavement in a vehicle, normally a truck.

From the horrific assault on Bastille Day in Nice, which claimed the lives of 86 people, to the pair of recent attacks in London in March and earlier this month, operatives claiming to represent IS or another extremist faction have taken to this cowardly form of warfare.

A proactive measure

As one of the busiest streets in the world, those in control of the Las Vegas Strip were clearly worried about the prospect of a similar act on home soil, especially in the wake of a chilling propaganda video released by IS late last month, which appeared to feature Sin City.

As a result, 700 steel bollards have been installed in front of the Bellagio fountains, the Paris and Flamingo hotels and a number of the many, many casinos on the Strip. Costing an estimated combined total of $2.5 million, the bollards are designed to stop a 680kg truck travelling at 50mph dead in its tracks.

This, police and casinos hope, will prove a sufficient deterrent to terrorists trying anything in the gambling capital of the world and provide a tangible sense of security for visitors to the city.

They are expected to be operational by Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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