A vehicle arresting system includes a base layer comprising a crushable aggregate (54) and a cover layer comprising a cementitious material having an oven-dry density of 1602 kg/m3 (100 Ib/ft3) or less. The system also may include an arrestor bed and a plurality of anchors (60). Each anchor (60) includes a support rod (64) coupled to an associated puck (62), each support rod (64) being secured to a foundation that supports the arrestor bed, and each puck (62) being embedded in the cover layer slab of the arrestor bed. Additionally, each support rod (64) is coupled to its associated puck (62) via a shear link breakable at a predetermined load. A method for arresting a vehicle includes depositing a base layer on a region where the vehicle is to be arrested, the base layer comprising an aggregate (54), and depositing a cover layer over the base layer, the cover layer including a cementitious material having an oven-dry density of 1602 kg/m3 (100 Ib/ft3) or less.