Title:
Security barrier and method to utilize the same
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A security barrier which includes an elongated body having a top side and a bottom side and having a top portion having a first width and a bottom portion having a second width that is greater than the first width. The top side defines a channel. Also, a security barrier is provided in which at least a portion of the anchoring opening extends through the top portion and bottom portion. Additionally, a security barrier is provided in which the anchoring opening has a first anchoring opening end which communicates with the bottom side of the elongated body and a second anchoring opening end which communicates with the top side. A method is also provided for providing anchoring the security barrier.



Inventors:
Mckay, Michael Donald (Oak Brook, IL, US)
Dean, David Lee (Lakewood, IL, US)
Garner, Don Carl (McHenry, IL, US)
Ledezma, Jose Luis (Carpentersville, IL, US)
Hauck, Everett (Oak Brook, IL, US)
Application Number:
10/273712
Publication Date:
04/22/2004
Filing Date:
10/18/2002
Assignee:
MCKAY MICHAEL DONALD
DEAN DAVID LEE
GARNER DON CARL
LEDEZMA JOSE LUIS
HAUCK EVERETT
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E01F15/04; E01F15/08; (IPC1-7): E01F13/00
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Primary Examiner:
ADDIE, RAYMOND W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Locke Lord LLP (Boston, MA, US)
Claims:
1. A security barrier comprised of: an elongated body having a top side and a bottom side and having a top portion having a first width and a bottom portion having a second width that is greater than the first width; and the top side defines a channel.

2. The security barrier of claim 1 in which the channel extends along a length of the elongated body.

3. The security barrier of claim 1 in which the channel has a length greater than its width.

4. The security barrier of claim 1 wherein the channel includes a channel bottom opposite a channel opening and includes a first and second channel ends opposite each other and adjacent to the channel bottom.

5. The security barrier of claim 4 wherein the first channel end and the second channel end extend generally transverse to a length of the elongated body.

6. The security barrier of claim 4 wherein the first and second channel ends are generally transverse to the channel bottom.

7. The security barrier of claim 1 wherein the channel includes opposing sides which extend along a length of the elongated body.

8. The security barrier of claim 7 wherein the opposing sides are positioned generally parallel to one another.

9. The security barrier of claim 7 wherein the opposing sides form a portion of channel side walls in which a width of the channel side walls is at least three inches.

10. The security barrier of claim 1 wherein at least a portion of the top side is generally parallel to the bottom side.

11. The security barrier of claim 1 wherein the elongated body includes a first external end; and a second external end opposite the first external end.

12. The security barrier of claim 11 wherein the first and second external ends are generally parallel to one another.

13. The security barrier of claim 11 wherein: the first external end defines a projection extending in a direction away from the barrier; the second external end defines a recessed portion which extends in a direction inwardly of the elongated body and is of a dimension to matingly receive another projection of a second security barrier.

14. The security barrier of claim 1 wherein: the channel has a depth; the body has a height; and the depth of the channel is less than one half the height of the body.

15. The security barrier of claim 14 in which the depth is at least ten inches.

16. The security barrier of claim 1 wherein the elongated body defines at least one side opening having a first end of the side opening in communication with the channel and a second end of the side opening in communication with an exterior surface of the elongated body.

17. The security barrier of claim 16 wherein the first end of the at least one side opening and a first end of a second side opening are spaced apart from each other along a length of the elongated body of the barrier.

18. The security barrier of claim 16 wherein the second end of the at least one side opening communicates with one of a first and second external ends of the elongated body.

19. The security barrier of claim 1 includes at least one lifting-channel opening defined in the bottom side of the elongated body.

20. The security barrier of claim 19 wherein the at least one lifting-channel opening extends in a direction transverse to the length of the elongated body and is in communication with opposing sides of the elongated body.

21. The security barrier of claim 19 wherein the at least one lifting-channel opening and a second lifting-channel opening are spaced apart from each other along a length of the bottom side of the elongated body.

22. The security barrier of claim 1 wherein the barrier is constructed of concrete.

23. The security barrier of claim 22 wherein aggregate within the concrete is colorized.

24. The security barrier of claim 23 wherein the aggregate is substantially all the same color.

25. The security barrier of claim 1 wherein at least one anchoring opening defined in the elongated body has a first anchoring opening end in communication with the bottom side and a second anchoring opening end in communication with the top side.

26. The security barrier of claim 25 wherein the at least one anchoring opening extends generally transverse to the bottom side of the elongated body.

27. The security barrier of claim 25 wherein the second anchoring opening end of the at least one anchoring opening communicates with the channel.

28. The security barrier of claim 25 wherein the at least one anchoring opening includes a first and second anchoring opening spaced apart from one another.

29. The security barrier of claim 28 wherein the at least one anchoring opening includes four spaced apart anchoring openings.

30. The security barrier of claim 28 wherein less than all of the anchoring openings contain the anchor member.

31. The security barrier of claim 28 wherein none of the anchoring openings contain the anchor member.

32. The security barrier of claim 28 wherein all of the anchoring openings contain the anchor member.

33. The security barrier of claim 25 wherein a dimension of the at least one anchoring opening is adapted to receive an anchor member.

34. The security barrier of claim 33 wherein the anchor member is a rod.

35. The security barrier of claim 33 wherein the anchor member is rebar.

36. The security barrier of claim 33 wherein the anchor member is adapted to extend within the at least one anchoring opening.

37. The security barrier of claim 33 wherein the anchor member is adapted to pass through the second anchoring opening end of the at least one anchoring opening and at least a portion of the anchor member is adapted to pass through the first anchoring opening end and extend outwardly from the bottom side of the elongated body.

38. The security barrier of claim 37 further including a hole disposed in a surface supporting the security barrier in which the hole is generally aligned with the first anchoring opening end of the anchoring opening permitting the anchor member to be retained in part in the anchoring opening and in the hole.

39. The security barrier of claim 38 further including a securement agent in the hole for securing the anchor member in the hole.

40. The security barrier of claim 39 in which the securement agent includes grout.

41. The security barrier of claim 39 in which the securement agent includes an epoxy.

42. A security barrier comprised of: an elongated body having a top side and a bottom side, the elongated body including a top portion having a first width, a bottom portion having a second width greater than the first width; and at least one anchoring opening defined in the elongated body for receiving an anchor member, in which at least a portion of the anchoring opening extends through the top portion and bottom portion.

43. The security barrier of claim 42 wherein the at least one anchoring opening has a second anchoring opening end in communication with the top side.

44. The security barrier of claim 43 wherein the at least one anchoring opening has a first anchoring opening end in communication with the bottom side.

45. The security barrier of claim 43 wherein the top side of the elongated body defines a channel and wherein the second anchoring opening end communicates with the channel.

46. The security barrier of claim 42 including at least one side opening in communication with the channel and an external surface of the elongated body.

47. The security barrier of claim 42 wherein a dimension of the at least one anchoring opening is adapted to receive an anchor member.

48. The security barrier of claim 47 wherein the anchor member has a generally circular cross-section.

49. The security barrier of claim 47 wherein the anchor member is constructed of metal.

50. The security barrier of claim 47 wherein the anchor member is a rod.

51. The security barrier of claim 50 wherein the rod is rebar.

52. The security barrier of claim 47 wherein the anchor member is adapted to extend within the at least one anchoring opening in a direction toward the bottom side of the elongated body.

53. The security barrier of claim 47 wherein the anchor member is adapted to extend through the first anchoring opening end and outwardly from the bottom side of the elongated body.

54. The security barrier of claim 53 further including a hole disposed in a surface supporting the security barrier in which the hole is generally aligned with the first anchoring opening end permitting the anchor member to be retained in part in the at least one anchoring opening and another part of the anchor member in the hole.

55. The security barrier of claim 54 further including a securement agent in the hole for securing anchor member in the hole.

56. The security barrier of claim 54 in which the securement agent includes grout.

57. The security barrier of claim 54 in which the securement agent includes epoxy.

58. The security barrier of claim 42 including a first and second anchoring opening spaced apart from one another.

59. The security barrier of claim 58 including four spaced apart anchoring openings.

60. The security barrier of claim 58 wherein less than all of the anchoring openings contain the anchor member.

61. The security barrier of claim 58 wherein none of the anchoring openings contain the anchor member.

62. The security barrier of claim 58 wherein all of the anchoring openings contain the anchor member.

63. The security barrier of claim 42 wherein at least one lifting-channel opening is defined in the bottom side of the elongated body.

64. The security barrier of claim 63 wherein the at least one lifting-channel opening extends in a direction transverse to a length of the elongated body and is in communication with the opposing sides of the elongated body.

65. The security barrier of claim 63 wherein the at least one lifting-channel opening and a second opening are spaced apart from each other along a length of the bottom side of the elongated body.

66. The security barrier of claim 65 wherein a plurality of lifting-channel openings are positioned spaced apart from one another along the length of the elongated body.

67. A security barrier comprised of: an elongated body having a top side and a bottom side, opposing sides which extend along a length of the elongated body and the elongated body including a top portion having a first width, a bottom portion having a second width greater than the first width; and at least one anchoring opening defined in the elongated body for receiving an anchor member, in which the anchoring opening has first anchoring opening end which communicates with the bottom side and a second anchoring opening end which communicates with the top side.

68. The security barrier of claim 67 wherein at least a portion of the at least one anchoring opening extends through the top and bottom portions of the elongated body.

69. The security barrier of claim 67 wherein the top side defines a channel.

70. The security barrier of claim 69 including at least one side opening in communication with the channel and an external surface of the elongated body.

71. The security barrier of claim 69 wherein the channel includes a channel bottom opposite a channel opening.

72. The security barrier of claim 71 wherein the at least one anchoring opening is in communication with the channel bottom.

73. The security barrier of claim 71 wherein a dimension of the at least one anchoring opening is adapted to receive an anchor member.

74. The security barrier of claim 67 wherein the anchor member has a generally circular cross-section.

75. The security barrier of claim 67 wherein the anchor member is constructed of metal.

76. The security barrier of claim 67 wherein the anchor member is a rod.

77. The security barrier of claim 76 wherein the rod is rebar.

78. The security barrier of claim 67 wherein the anchor member is adapted to extend within the at least one anchoring opening in a direction toward the bottom side of the elongated body.

79. The security barrier of claim 67 wherein the anchor member is adapted to extend through the first anchoring opening end and outwardly from the bottom side of the elongated body.

80. The security barrier of claim 67 further including a hole disposed in a surface supporting the security barrier in which the hole is generally aligned with the first anchoring opening end permitting the anchor member to be retained in part in the at least one anchoring opening and another part of the anchor member in the hole.

81. The security barrier of claim 80 including a securement agent in the hole for securing anchor member in the hole.

82. The security barrier of claim 80 in which the securement agent includes grout.

83. The security barrier of claim 80 in which the securement agent includes epoxy.

84. The security barrier of claim 67 including a first and second anchoring opening spaced apart from one another.

85. The security barrier of claim 84 including four spaced apart anchoring openings.

86. The security barrier of claim 84 wherein less than all of the anchoring openings contain the anchor member.

87. The security barrier of claim 84 wherein none of the anchoring openings contain the anchor member.

88. The security barrier of claim 84 wherein all of the anchoring openings contain the anchor member.

89. The security barrier of claim 67 wherein at least one lifting-channel opening is defined in the bottom side of the elongated body.

90. The security barrier of claim 89 wherein the at least one lifting-channel opening extends in a direction transverse to a length of the elongated body and is in communication with the opposing sides of the elongated body.

91. The security barrier of claim 89 wherein the at least one lifting-channel opening and a second opening are spaced apart from each other along a length of the bottom side of the elongated body.

92. The security barrier of claim 89 wherein a plurality of lifting-channel openings are positioned spaced apart from one another along the length of the elongated body.

93. A method for anchoring a security barrier, the method comprising the steps of: providing a security barrier comprised of an elongated body having a top side and a bottom side, the elongated body including a top portion having a first width, a bottom portion having a second width greater than the first width, and at least one anchoring opening defined in the elongated body which at least a portion of the anchoring opening extends through the top portion and bottom portion; and providing an anchor member adapted to be received by the at least one anchoring opening.

94. The method of claim 93 in which the step of providing a security barrier includes providing a first anchoring opening end in communication with the bottom side and a second anchoring opening end in communication with the top side.

95. The method of claim 94 in which the step of providing the anchoring opening includes providing a channel defined in the elongated body in which the second anchoring opening end communicates with the channel.

96. The method of claim 94 further comprising the step of providing a hole in a surface which supports the security barrier.

97. The method of claim 96 further comprising the step of aligning the first anchoring opening end with the hole in the surface.

98. The method of claim 97 further comprising the step of positioning a portion of the anchor member into the anchoring opening and another portion of the anchor member extending from the first anchoring opening end into the hole.

99. The method of claim 98 further comprising of securing the another position of the anchor member in the hole with a securement agent.

100. The method of claim 93 further including providing a first and second anchoring opening spaced apart from one another.

101. The method of claim 100 further including providing four anchoring openings.

102. The method of claim 101 including inserting the anchoring member into less than all of the anchoring openings.

103. The method of claim 101 including inserting the anchor member into none of the anchoring openings.

104. The method of claim 102 including inserting the anchor member into all of the anchoring openings.

105. A method for anchoring a security barrier, the method comprising the steps of: providing a security barrier comprised of an elongated body having a top side and a bottom side and opposing sides which extend along a length of the elongated body, the elongated body including a top portion having a first width, a bottom portion having a second width greater than the first width, and at least one anchoring opening defined in the elongated body for receiving an anchor member, in which the anchoring opening has a first anchoring opening end which communicates with the bottom side and a second anchoring opening end which communicates with the top side; and providing an anchor member adapted to be received by the at least one anchoring opening.

106. The method of claim 105 includes the step of providing at least a portion of the anchoring opening extending through the top portion and bottom portion.

107. The method of claim 106 further comprising the step of providing a hole in a surface which supports the security barrier.

108. The method of claim 107 further comprising the step of aligning the first anchoring opening end with the hole in the surface.

109. The method of claim 108 further comprising the step of positioning a portion of the anchor member into the anchoring opening and another portion of the anchor member extending from the first anchoring opening end into the hole.

110. The method of claim 108 further comprising of securing the another portion of the anchor member in the hole with a securement agent.

111. The method of claim 105 further including providing four anchoring openings.

112. The method of claim 111 further including providing four anchoring openings.

113. The method of claim 112 including inserting the anchor member into less than all of the anchoring openings.

114. The method of claim 112 including inserting the anchor member into none of the anchoring openings.

115. The method of claim 112 including inserting the anchor member into all of the anchoring openings.

116. The method of claim 105 further comprising the step of providing a channel defined by the top side of the elongated body in which the second anchoring opening end communicates with the channel.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] This invention relates generally to security barriers and, more particularly, to security barriers used to protect buildings, other objects and areas and secure perimeters of highways.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] Security barriers have been used for many years in a number of different ways. One of the most common uses has been to place security barriers on the edge of a road or highway to protect work crews during periods of road construction. Other uses have included using barriers to protect an area for pedestrians to walk which is adjacent to a street or highway, and as a way of providing a guideway for vehicles.

[0003] In more recent times barriers have come into use to protect objects and areas from terrorism. Because terrorism is now an everyday fact of life, business owners, governmental agencies and landlords have been required to take steps to prevent their property in general, and building located on their property in particular, from being the subject of terrorist attacks. One of the most common steps taken by landowners in major metropolitan areas is to install security barriers made of concrete or the like in front of and around their buildings in order to guard against trucks or cars from penetrating the building perimeter that may be carrying explosive devices and doing damage to personnel and property.

[0004] As a result of the increase in terrorist threats and attacks, the use of barriers have become more and more common. While unfortunately necessary, these barriers can be unsightly because they appear as nothing more than a block of concrete. Therefore, it would be an important improvement in the art to provide a security barrier that provides for protection while at the same time being aesthetically pleasing to the public. Furthermore, it would be an improvement in the art to provide a security barrier that would provide extra reinforcement to the barrier to prevent it from being tipped, turned over or slid.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] The present security barrier includes an elongated body having a top side and a bottom side. The barrier also includes a top portion having a first width and a bottom portion having a second width that is greater than the first width, as well as, the top side defines a channel.

[0006] The present security barrier further includes an elongated body having a top side and a bottom side. The elongated body includes a top portion having a first width, a bottom portion having a second width greater than the first width and at least one anchoring opening defined in the elongated body for receiving an anchor member. At least a portion of the anchoring opening extends through the top portion and the bottom portion.

[0007] The present invention also includes an elongated body having a top side and bottom side, as well as, opposing sides which extend along a length of the elongated body. The elongated body includes a top portion having a first width, a bottom portion having a second width greater than the first width and at least one anchoring opening defined in the elongated body for receiving an anchor member. The anchoring opening has a first anchoring opening end which communicates with the bottom side and a second anchoring opening end which communicates with the top side.

[0008] The present security barrier further includes a method for anchoring a security barrier in place which includes the step of providing a security barrier comprised of elongated body having a top side and a bottom side. The elongated body includes a top portion having a first width, a bottom portion having a second width greater than the first width and at least one anchoring opening defined in the elongated body. At least a portion of the anchoring opening extends through the top portion and the bottom portion. The method also includes the step of providing an anchor member adapted to be received by the at least one anchoring opening.

[0009] Additionally, the present invention includes a method for anchoring a security barrier in place which includes the step of providing a security barrier comprised of an elongated body having a top side and a bottom side, as well as, opposing sides which extend along a length of the elongated body. The elongated body includes a top portion having a first width, a bottom portion having a second width greater than the first width, and at least one anchor opening defined in the elongated body for receiving an anchor member. The anchoring opening has a first anchoring opening end which communicates with the bottom side and a second anchoring opening end which communicates with the top side. The method also includes the step of providing an anchor member adapted to be received by the at least one anchoring opening.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] FIG. 1 is a perspective of the security barrier with shrubbery positioned in the channel of the barrier;

[0011] FIG. 2 is a top view of the security barrier;

[0012] FIG. 3 is a side elevation view of the security barrier showing anchoring members extending from the anchoring openings of the barrier into a support surface for the barrier;

[0013] FIG. 4 is an end view of one of the ends of the security barrier showing a recessed portion (in hatched marking);

[0014] FIG. 5 is an opposing end view of the security barrier shown in FIG. 4 showing the extending portion suitable for mating with the recessed portion shown in FIG. 4 and channel 18 in phantom;

[0015] FIG. 6 is a bottom view of the security barrier; and

[0016] FIG. 7 is a side elevation view of two security barriers joined together end-to-end and anchored.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0017] Referring to FIGS. 1-7, security barrier 10 includes an elongated body 12 having a top side 14 and a bottom side 16. Elongated body 12 also has a top portion 17 having a first width w1 and a bottom portion 19 having a second width w2 that is greater than the first width w1 as seen in FIG. 4. Top side 14 of elongated body 12 defines channel 18. The actual dimensions of barrier 10 can vary as desired. An example of dimensions for present barrier 10 described herein has an overall length l, as seen in FIG. 2, of approximately ten feet, a height h, as seen in FIG. 4, of approximately two and one-half feet, a top portion 17 height of approximately one and one-half feet and a bottom portion 19 height of approximately one foot, as seen in FIG. 4, a top portion width w1 of approximately two feet and a bottom portion width w2 of approximately two and two-thirds feet, also seen in FIG. 4. Channel side wall 21 which extends on either side of channel 18 along length l′ is constructed to be three inches in width. Although, channel sidewall 21 width is contemplated to be of various suitable dimensions.

[0018] Channel 18 allows for the planting and/or placing of flowers, shrubbery or other vegetation 22 in association with barrier 10 which adds aesthetic beauty to a property while at the same time affording needed protection. As seen in FIG. 2, channel 18 extends along length l of elongated body 12 and has a length l′ greater than its width wc. It is contemplated that channel 18 can take on various suitable shapes and sizes.

[0019] As seen in FIGS. 2, 4, 5 and 7 channel 18 has channel bottom 20 opposite channel opening 23. Moreover, channel 18 defines a first and second channel ends 24, 26 which oppose each other, are adjacent to channel bottom 20 and are generally transverse to length l. Channel ends 24, 26 are generally transverse to channel bottom 20. As can be seen in FIGS. 3 and 7 ends 24 and 26 have a slight slope and in FIG. 2 ends 24 and 26 in another embodiment appear substantially perpendicular to bottom 20. However, other orientations of channel ends 24 and 26 relative to bottom 20 are contemplated. Channel 18 further has opposing sides 28, 30, as seen in FIGS. 2 and 5, which extend along length l of elongated body 12. These opposing sides 28, 30 are positioned spaced apart and generally parallel to one another; however, other orientations of sides 28, 30 are contemplated.

[0020] Barrier 10 has top side 14 which has at least a portion of top side 14 generally parallel to bottom side 16. Similarly, the exterior ends of barrier 10 includes first external end 36 and second external end 38 which are both generally parallel to one another and are generally perpendicular to top side 14 and bottom side 16. Other orientations are also contemplated.

[0021] As shown in FIGS. 1, 5 and 7, first end 36 of security barrier 10 defines projection 42 extending in a direction away from the barrier 10 and second end 38 defines a recessed portion 44 which extends in a direction inwardly of elongated body 12 of barrier 10. Recessed portion 44 is dimensioned to be capable of mating with another projection 42 of a second security barrier 10a, as seen in FIG. 7. As a result, multiple barriers 10 can be releasably interlocked with one another as shown in FIG. 7. This interlocking ability allows for the strengthening of the overall security barrier comprising successive barrier 10 units extending end to end along a side of a building or surrounding a perimeter, etc.

[0022] Channel 18 has a depth measured from top side 14 of elongated body 12 to channel bottom 20. In an embodiment of the invention shown, channel 18 has a depth d of less than one half the height h of elongated body 12 as represented in FIGS. 4, 5 and 7. In this embodiment, the depth d is approximately 10 inches. Various depths of channel 18 are also contemplated.

[0023] At least one side opening 40 is provided which extends from channel 18 to an outside surface 45 of barrier 10, as shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3. Side opening 40 is generally provided at each opposing end 36 and 38 of barrier 10. These openings 40 are provided in barriers 10 to permit the ability to connect two adjacent barriers 10 and 10a positioned end to end to one another, as seen in FIG. 7. A rod or bolt or other relatively strong member would be positioned into and through at least a portion of each adjacent openings 40 of the two adjacent barriers 10 and 10a. A rod or bolt or the like would provide resistance to forces applied to the barriers 10 and 10a. Securement in the instance of a bolt, for example, could be made with the use of a nut.

[0024] The resistance provided with openings 40 and rods or bolts inserted into adjacent side openings 40 of adjacent barriers 10 and 10a would enhance the use of interlocking recess 44 and another projection 42, discussed above and seen in FIG. 7.

[0025] In other embodiments, side openings 40 of adjacent barriers 10 and 10a, as seen in FIG. 7, would be generally aligned with one another and would permit the insertion of a conduit between and into each of the adjacent side openings 40. The conduit would permit communication of the conduit with each of the adjacent barriers 10 and 10a. The conduit would carry water to irrigate the plants contained in each channel 18 of adjacent barriers 10 and 10a.

[0026] In FIGS. 1, 3 and 7 a plurality of lifting-channel openings 48 are defined in bottom side 16 of barrier 10. Plurality of lifting-channel openings 48 are spaced apart along length l and are generally transverse to length l. Lifting-channel openings 48 communicate with opposing sides 47 of barrier 10. These lifting-channel openings 48 are sufficiently wide and high enough, as well as, being properly spaced apart along length l to receive forks of a forklift truck, thereby making it easier to balance, lift and position barriers 10 into place.

[0027] Security barrier 10 is generally made of a heavy, dense composition such as concrete which contains aggregate. In order to enhance the aesthetics of barrier 10, the aggregate may be colorized. The colorization may include all aggregates of the same or similar color or any combination of colors. The colorization provides building or property owners, etc. with decorative options.

[0028] It should be understood that barrier 10 defines channel 10 which can be utilized to carry plants. The health of the plants can be best maintained with proper watering and drainage. Drainage openings are positioned in channel 18 to permit any excess water to drain away from the plants and prevent rotting of the same. In the present embodiment drainage openings 50 are shown in FIGS. 2-4 and 6 and 7 These drainage openings 50 are available to serve a multiple purpose. As mentioned, openings 50 serve to drain water away from channel 18 and also serve to provide a way to assist additional anchoring to barrier 10. As will be discussed below, the term drainage opening will be referred to as anchoring opening interchangeably.

[0029] As seen in FIGS. 2, 3 and 7, at least one drainage or anchoring opening 50 is defined in elongated body 12. Anchoring opening 50 has a first anchoring opening end 52 which communicates with bottom side 16 and a second anchoring opening end 54 which communicates with top side 14. Anchoring opening 50 extends generally transverse to bottom side 16 of elongated body 12, although other orientations are contemplated. Second anchoring opening end 54 of anchoring or drainage opening 50, in the embodiment shown, communicates with channel bottom 20 allowing access to opening 50 from channel 18, as seen in FIG. 2. As seen in FIG. 2, anchoring openings 50 are spaced apart from one another along length l of barrier 10 within channel 18. In the present embodiment, four openings 50 are shown in which any suitable number of openings 50 are contemplated.

[0030] Anchoring or drainage opening 50 is dimensioned to compatibly receive anchor member 56, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 7. Anchor member in the embodiment shown is a rod, however other constructions are contemplated. In an embodiment shown, anchoring opening 50 will have a larger dimension than member 56 in order to allow member 56 to slide within anchoring opening 50. With opening 50 having a larger dimension than anchor member 56, opening 50 can serve to drain water away from channel 18 and to contain anchor member 56. In other embodiments, it is contemplated where less than all or none of openings 50 will hold anchor member 56 whereby the openings 50 without an anchor member 56 will permit water to drain more freely.

[0031] In operation, anchor member 56 has a cross section smaller than a cross section of second anchoring opening end 54 and opening 50 to permit member 56 to pass through opening end 54 and slide within opening 50. Member 56 passes and extends from first anchoring opening end 52 and bottom side 16. As can be seen in FIG. 7, anchor member 56 is positioned into anchoring opening 50 to partially extend through bottom side 16 and into support surface 58, which includes the ground, for barrier 10. Other support surfaces 58 are contemplated. With anchoring member 56 extending into support surface 58, the ability for barrier 10 to provide resistance and protect is enhanced. Anchoring member 56 may take on various cross sections including, for example, circular, triangular, as well as irregular shapes, etc. Anchoring member 56 is constructed of a suitably strong material including metal and would include rebar and other suitable rods.

[0032] When in use, one or more security barriers 10 are placed in front of a building, roadway or for other uses. Barrier 10 may be positioned in various ways, including the use of a forklift truck or overhead crane. Once in place, barrier 10 is anchored into support surface 58 for barrier 10 through the use of anchor members 56 that extend down and through elongated body 12 and extend partially out the bottom side 16 of barrier 10 and into hole 60 of support surface 58. The amount in which member 56 extends out of bottom side 16 of barrier 10 may be limited in a number of ways including by limiting the depth of hole 60. Hole 60 is contemplated to be positioned in various support surfaces 58 including the ground, concrete, asphalt and the like. Once hole 60 is positioned in surface 58, a suitable securement agent such as grout, epoxy or other suitable securement can be employed to further anchor anchor member 56 within hole 60. Holes 60 are generally aligned with corresponding anchoring openings 50 to permit anchor members 56, which are generally of rigid construction, to easily be positioned in openings 50 and its corresponding hole 60. Other ways of anchoring barrier 10 to support surface 58 are contemplated, including providing an anchor member 56 with a pointed or sharp end. The sharp or pointed end can engage the support surface 58 and be pounded into the support surface to a desired depth.

[0033] Channel 18 of barrier 10, if not already planted or prior to positioning barrier 10, may then be planted with flowers, shrubbery or other vegetation 22. After a first security barrier 10 is in position, additional barriers 10a may be positioned so as to interlock with the first barrier 10 and each other, thereby creating an elongated line of security barriers, as shown in FIG. 7.

[0034] The planting of vegetation 22 in channel 18 is accomplished through the use of placing soil suitable as a growing environment. This could include dirt, potting soil or the like. Vegetation 22 may also be positioned in pots or planters which can be, in turn, placed in channel 18.

[0035] The present invention includes security barrier 10 which includes an elongated body 12 having a top side 14 and a bottom side 16. Elongated body 12 includes a top portion 17 having a first width w1 and a bottom portion 19 having a second width w2 greater than the first width w1. At least one anchoring opening 50 is defined in elongated body 12 for receiving anchor member 56. At least a portion of anchoring opening 50 extends through top portion 17 and bottom portion 19, as seen in FIG. 4.

[0036] In the embodiment shown, a first anchoring opening end 54 communicates with bottom side 16 and a second anchoring opening end 52 communicates with top side 14. Top side 14 defines channel 18 wherein second anchoring opening communicates with channel 18.

[0037] Top portion 17 may have variations in its width since in some instances, the side walls 47 may have a slight flare or slope to them, as seen in FIG. 4, or in some instances they are substantially vertical (not shown). It is contemplated that exterior sidewalls 47 of barrier 10 of top portion 17 will contemplate various configurations. Likewise, it is contemplated that bottom portion can have various configurations.

[0038] As described above, elongated body 12 includes channel 18 defined in top side 14. Channel 18 includes a channel bottom 20 opposite an opening 23 in top side 14 of elongated body 12. Elongated body 12 defines at least one drainage opening 40 having a first end 41 in communication with channel 18 and a second end 43 in communication with an exterior surface 45 of elongated body 12.

[0039] At least one lifting-channel opening 48 is defined in bottom side 16 of elongated body 12. Lifting-channel opening 48 extends in a direction transverse to length l of elongated body 12 and communicates with opposing sides 47 of elongated body 12 which extends along length l. A plurality of lifting-channel openings 48 are provided and are spaced apart from each other along bottom side 16 along length l of elongated body 12.

[0040] Channel 18 has channel bottom 20 opposite channel opening 23 in which the second anchoring opening end 54 of anchoring opening 50 communicates with channel bottom 20 of top side 14. Opening 50 extends to bottom side 16 of elongated body 12. Anchoring opening 50 is dimensioned larger than anchor member 56 to be adapted to receive anchor member 56 within opening 50. Anchor member 56 is contemplated to take on many various shapes as would a cross section of opening 50. The embodiment of the anchor member 56 and opening 50 shown herein has generally a circular cross-section. As discussed earlier, anchor member 56 can be constructed of many different materials including metal and can include a rod construction.

[0041] Anchor member 56 is adapted with adequate dimensions as described above to fit through second anchoring opening 54 within and through opening 50 so as to position anchoring member 56 to extend within anchoring opening 50 in a direction toward bottom side 16. Anchoring member 56 extends through first anchoring opening end 52 at bottom side 16 and extends outwardly from end 52 and bottom side 16.

[0042] Hole 60 is disposed in support surface 58, which may include the ground and, as discussed above, asphalt, concrete and other support surfaces. Hole 60 is generally aligned with first end 52 of anchoring opening 50 permitting anchoring member 56 to be retained in part in hole 60 and another part within anchoring opening 50. The depth of hole 60 in this embodiment determines the amount or length of anchoring member 56 retained within opening 50 and hole 60. Hole 60 should be dimensioned to provide generally at least a snug fit when receiving a portion of anchoring member 56; however, if a securement agent is provided, as discussed above, the hole dimension should be provided to accommodate the agent. The portion of anchoring member 56 retained in hole 60 provides resistance to sliding or tipping of barrier 10. It is further contemplated that anchoring member 56 can be pounded in a softer support surface 58 and anchoring member 56 can be provided with a pointed or sharp, if necessary, end to facilitate penetration into support surface 58 and alleviate providing a hole in advance of inserting anchor member 56.

[0043] The present invention includes a method for anchoring security barrier 10. The method includes the step of providing security barrier 10 comprised of an elongated body 12 having a top side 14 and bottom side 16. It also includes elongated body 12 including a top portion 17 having a first width w1, a bottom portion 19 having a second width w2 greater than first width w1 and at least one anchoring opening 50 defined in elongated body 12. At least a portion of anchoring opening 50 extends through top portion 17 and bottom portion 19. The method also includes the step of providing anchor member 56 adapted to be received by anchoring opening 50. As discussed earlier, anchor member 56 is dimensioned smaller than anchoring opening 50 to permit anchor member 56 to slide within opening 50.

[0044] The method also includes the step of providing elongated body 12 with defining anchoring opening 50 for receiving anchor member 56 in which anchoring opening 50 has a first anchoring opening end in communication with bottom side 16 and a second anchoring opening end in communication with top side 14.

[0045] The method also includes the step of providing hole 60 in a surface 58 which supports security barrier 10 and aligning anchor opening 50 with hole 60. The method further includes the step of positioning a portion of anchoring member 56 in anchoring opening 50 and another portion of anchoring member 56 extending from the first anchoring opening end and into hole 60. Hole 60 is constructed to restrict movement of anchoring member 56 in a direction transverse to the direction it extends. In another embodiment, a securement agent can be provided, as discussed above, to secure anchor member 56 in hole 60.

[0046] While a detailed description of the various embodiments of the invention has been given, it should be appreciated that many variations can be made thereto without departing from the scope of the invention as set forth in the appended claims.