Comparison of Tactical Barricades: STEEL BARRICADES aka “Bicycle,” “French,” or “Sunshine” barricades PROS: Heavy, intimidating, largely impenetrable. CONS: Requires significant maintenance (rust removal, coating, re-welding). Generally stored at central warehouses, requiring large, flatbed trucks and large crews to deploy. BEST USE: Large volume crowd control, with good, long-range planning. These offer moderate authority due to lack of color or signage relevant to agency or specific use. WOODEN BARRICADES aka “Sawhorse” barricades PROS: Heavy, intimidating. CONS: Short lifespan due to splintered or deteriorated wood. Significant maintenance of painting and re-constructing legs. Generally stored at central warehouses, requiring large, flatbed trucks and large crews to deploy. BEST USE: Medium volume crowd control, with good, long-range planning. These offer moderate authority due to lack of signage relevant to specific use. PLASTIC CONES PROS: Light, easy to move and place. CONS: Lower visibility, often confusing some drivers and not respected by others, resulting in cones being knocked over, run over and abused. These offer low perceived authority and generally lack authoritative identification signage. Short lifespan with inability to repair. BEST USE: Extended traffic areas requiring re-direction. Stacks of 8-12 cones may be tossed into a vehicle for smaller deployments. Crime Scene Tape PROS: Lightweight, authoritative when imprinted with authority identification. Moderate perceived authority. CONS: One-time use product, requires on-site objects to act as anchor points to be used effectively. Precincts can run through miles of this tape over short periods. If not carefully removed, this tape becomes a blight on neighborhoods. Not durable, easily torn, and frequently ignored. BEST USE: Easy to deploy where existing posts, signs, trees and other structures are available. Quick Deployment Barricades PROS: Light enough to set up by a single person yet solid enough to create a solid authoritative barrier as required by law. Requires low maintenance. Heavy-duty, portable and authoritative. Instantly deployable. Signage inserts identify applicable scenario (i.e. crime scenes, command posts, police line, fireline, etc.). Interlocking carabiner hooks create continuous barricade lines. High-visibility lights add safety. QDBs fold down to small spaces to allow storage in vehicle trunks. CONS: Not advised for long-term installations. BEST USE: Immediate deployment situations, filling in gaps traditional barriers such as; pop-up checkpoints, crime scenes, command posts, DWI check points, accidents, fire hose protection, street closures and more.