Hornsea-headquartered security manufacturer Heald has been selected by the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security to secure the French Quarter with its bollards.
The project is part of wider $40 million investment to bolster security across the city. It will see Heald install 22 security bollards to secure several intersections within the French Quarter – which hosts events such as Mardis Gras.
The bollards will replace temporary measures used by the City, which included movable police bollards. They will go up nightly in keeping with city rules that close off stretches of the popular French Quarter boulevard exclusively to pedestrians.
“What we’ve seen in Nice (France), what we saw just several weeks ago in New York City, is that vehicle attacks against pedestrians are become more common across the country and across the world,” said New Orleans Homeland Security Director Aaron Miller.
“As a result, cities are taking protective action to mitigate against that risk where it’s necessary. We see a large concentration of pedestrians in the French Quarter, particularly on Bourbon Street. It offers what we consider to be an iconic or symbolic target.”
Heald MD Debbie Heald added: “Working closely with one of our USA distributors, we are delighted that we have been able to provide an effective security solution to secure both residents and tourists visiting the French Quarter in New Orleans,” said
“It has been a pleasure to work with the New Orleans Home Security Department along with our distributor to help them identify the best solution to fit the changing needs of the area while ensuring they were in keeping with surroundings.”