Risk mitigation is crucial if you operate or have responsibility for a popular public venue
If you operate a shopping centre, commercial venue, outdoor market, office building, sporting stadium, hotel, or retail forecourt you must undertake a risk threat assessment and take action to mitigate the potential danger to people visiting your site.
- Terrorists and violent extremists use vehicles as weapons;
- The use of a vehicle as a weapon requires minimal skill but attacks of this kind have devastating effects;
- Hostile vehicle attacks are not just limited to religious extremist groups. In Melbourne on December 21, 2017, 18 people were injured and one man died when they were hit by a car allegedly driven by a mentally ill man;
- The Federal Government has released a Hostile Vehicle Guidelines for Crowded Places document and has made a number of recommendations;
- The likelihood of another vehicle attack occurring is high.
How a hostile vehicle can be used
Hostile vehicle attacks aren’t limited to ramming attacks on pedestrians. Vehicles can be:
- Used for carrying explosives;
- Parked and used to detonate explosives;
- Utilised as a “trojan” container for others to gain entry to a restricted area;
- Leveraged against a security guard or employee to open a barrier.
- Always tailor to fit the site and situations.
- Security assessments must take into account current and potential future security needs.
- The Hostile Vehicles Guidelines for Crowded Places discusses numerous ways to separate people from hostile vehicles.
The Federal Government guidelines warn that the driver of a hostile vehicle may not necessarily obey traffic road rules.