Anti-terror measures hiding in plain sight along boardwalk of Embarcadero

Posted at 5:04 AM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 11:05:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - To prevent a terror attack like the one that happened in Barcelona Thursday, the Port of San Diego has a multitude of anti-terror devices hiding in plain sight all along the Embarcadero.

Harbor Police Capt. Jose J. Cuervo walked 10News Reporter Jared Aarons through some of them on Thursday.

"This picnic table ... instead of a flimsy bench, it's made out of concrete to be a barrier," said Cuervo.

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More than just the table, the Embarcadero also has concrete light poles, garbage cans, tree planters, stools and small pillars -- all designed to serve a double purpose of being functional and protective.

They also have large wooden beams that line some of the walkways.

"They're bigger than a typical railroad tie," said Cuervo.

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The landscaping also helps. Instead of flat grass, the Port put in rolling berms with lots of trees. All of it designed to keep cars on the road and keep them away from pedestrians if they stray off it.

It's a process called "target hardening," and Cuervo said they use it any time there's new construction or anything along the port is repaired or replaced.

"We want to make this the safest place possible," he said.

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