Crash Barriers Save Lives

Recently in Melbourne there have been two serious incidents involving vehicular homicide. The first, in January 2017, resulted in an appalling toll of dead and injured. The second in Flinders St on the 21st of December also resulted in multiple injuries and a death.

Such acts – in both cases perpetrated by drug affected mentally ill drivers – demonstrate the need for the City of Melbourne to upgrade its access mechanisms to areas used heavily by predominantly Pedestrian traffic. Hydraulic Bollards, Boom Gates and in the case of large event crowd gatherings, Portable Crash Barriers, must be considered, installed and operated here on in. Worldwide other cities have had such devices in use now for over 10 years.

Hydraulic Bollards can be raised and lowered using sensors. These will ensure non-authorised vehicles cannot enter restricted areas such as the Bourke St Mall. These are also suitable for major Pedestrian crossings. Alternatively Boom Gates, again sensor operated, can allow access to trams or emergency vehicles, with the use of approved sensors.

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With major events AML thoroughly recommend the use of Portable Crash Barriers – see here

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With events like ‘White Night’, the ‘Chinese New Year’ and the range of Events staged throughout the year in the CBD and nearby, Crash Barriers deployed by one or two people make good sense in preventing such tragedies as experienced here, in Nice, London, New York and Berlin. Crash Barriers can stop a vehicle travelling at 50km/h completely.

Be prepared, plan and action sensible strategies as required. Much of Melbourne’s CBD Grid still operated on the same principles as were implemented in the 1960s. It’s time to update and save lines.

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A Strategic Plan will prevent another Bourke St Rampage

 

The Bourke St rampage of Jan 2017 had its first anniversary this year. With the pain and loss still raw for the families of the victims, this was a time for remembrance and healing.’

Bourke St is Melbourne’s only retail ‘main street’ Mall. The Mall, located between Elizabeth and Swanston St is banned to vehicular traffic from 6am until midnight. It can however be easily breached as the Trams have access at all times.

AML have a good knowledge of the precinct through an associate who managed portable displays in the Mall for over 10 years. The Mall can easily be locked down with sensor operated bollards or boom gates for Trams and strategically deployed florals. For major events mobile crash barriers can be situated effectively to ensure minimal risk.

We pay our respects to the victims and their families and pray that such an event doesn’t occur again. Here is the report from the ABC on the memorial ceremony and those participating.

Bourke Street car attack anniversary marked at memorial service in Melbourne

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Kurt and Emily Mudie paid tribute to their sister Jess, who died after the attack.

Family members of victims of the Bourke Street car attack have spoken of how they miss their loved ones and thanked the public for their care and support at a memorial service in Melbourne.

Six people were killed and many more injured when a car drove through the busy Bourke Street mall and along the footpath for several blocks on January 20, 2017.

Three-month-old Zachary Bryant, Thalia Hakin, 10, Matthew Si, 33, Yosuke Kanno, 25 and Jess Mudie, 22, were all killed after being hit along Bourke St.

Emily and Kurt Mudie delivered a tribute to their sister Jess, who was Emily’s twin.
“She was the most amazing person that I know, she would never ever fail to put a smile on my face, and I loved doing anything with her,” Ms Mudie said.

Ms Mudie said her sister would never leave her and continued to motivate her, as she had in life.

Mr Mudie said he had always tried to be there for his sister, but she had always been there for him.

The siblings sent love to their families and friends, to those who had been on Bourke Street on that day, and others who had lost loved ones.

“We know that this is a super-crap time, but I’m told time is a great healer and we will always be there for you if you ever need it,” Ms Mudie said.

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Matthew Si, 33, was a loving husband and father, his wife Melinda Tan said.

The wife of Matthew Si, Melinda Tan, said she had been supported by many through the heartbreak of losing her husband.

“The pain of losing Matt will never disappear,” she said.

“His time with us was cut short, he was only 33 years old and he was always rushing home to our daughter Aria.

“That day he dropped her off at childcare and never came back. I’ve had to adjust to a new life that will always be missing a loving husband and father.”

Ms Tan said she was comforted that emergency crews did their best to save her husband and that he did not suffer alone.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Sophie Rowell performed a violin solo for Mr Si, who was himself an accomplished violinist.

Matthew Bryant, the father of three-month-old Zachary Bryant, fought back tears as he spoke about his son.

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Zara (left) with her brother Zachary Bryant (right). Their father said he had looked at the two of them on Christmas morning in 2016 and thought life was perfect.

“Our connection with Zachy started long before he was born — we named him a couple of months into the pregnancy and couldn’t have been more excited to welcome that little man into our family.

“From the first time I held him, it was pure love.”

Mr Bryant said he would always be grateful and blessed to be Zachary’s father.
The couple had a third child, Zayne, last month, joining their older daughter Zara, who was with Zachary when he died.

“While he unfortunately will never have the chance to meet his older brother, we endeavour to always keep the memory of Zachy strong and alive,” Mr Bryant said.
Victorian Governor Linda Dessau honoured those who had been injured, the first responders and families who had lost loved ones.

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The families of victims and Victoria’s leaders paid tribute to emergency service workers at the memorial.

“To show that we have not forgotten your loss, and to offer you whatever support and comfort that we can.”

She also paid tribute to civilians who helped on the day.

“Those who responded when they found themselves in the midst of something for which they could not possibly have been prepared … who did all they could do to humanly help and provided us with a much appreciated beacon of hope by their goodness.”

The accused driver, James Gargasoulas, 27, has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges.

‘Tragedy will not define us’

Premier Daniel Andrews said Victorians had responded to “one act of evil with countless acts of empathy, compassion and, most importantly, love”.

“No words will ever be enough, nothing can ever undo the damage, but I hope that there is some small measure of comfort in knowing that you are not alone,” he said.

On Saturday, which was exactly one year since the incident, a private ceremony involving family and friends of those who died, as well as those who were injured, was held at the Parliament Gardens Reserve.

Two plaques were also unveiled — one in the pavement and one on a park chair.

“In memory of those whose lives were lost in Bourke Street on 20 January 2017 and in recognition of others who were injured or affected by this tragedy,” they read.

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Flowers, toys and notes were left along Bourke Street in the days after the attack last year.

While some left flowers and notes at the reserve and also at different places along Bourke St, there was no official service on Saturday.

Source: abc.net.au

 

Planning and Prevention – The AML way – provides Protection

On Tuesday this week, a young 27 year old man from Bangladesh, an immigrant, attempted a suicide bombing at New York’s Port Authority Underground Station. It was not successful and the individual is now detained under guard in Hospital.

AML believe this is a good example of where hand-held explosive detection devices could go some way to preventing such incidents. Check here [link http://www.amlrisk.com.au/trace-detection-unit.html%5D for Detectachem and its capacities and capabilities.

The explosion occurred in a relatively narrow passageway. Such a location would be most suitable for enabling general scans of travellers. The station is massively busy servicing 65 million Passengers a year.

The other option or combined option would be to place Evolv screening devices strategically on entrances. For more information on Evolv please click here [Link https://evolvtechnology.com/security-platform/mass-casualty-screening/%5D

For a clearer understanding of what occurred here is the full reprint of The Guardian report on the incident…

Manhattan subway explosion ‘was attempted terrorist attack’, says mayor

A 27-year-old man was in custody on Monday after allegedly detonating a pipe bomb in a New York City subway station during the morning commute.

The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was one of four people injured in the explosion, which occurred at about 7.20am in a passageway near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, in midtown Manhattan near Times Square, New York City police said.

None of the injuries were life-threatening. Daniel Nigro, the fire department commissioner, said Ullah sustained burns to his hands and torso while the three other people suffered “ringing ears and headaches”.

At a press conference, New York police commissioner James O’Neill said the suspect had “an improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body” with Velcro and zip ties. Law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation told the Associated Press the short pipe was packed with explosive powder and was ignited with a Christmas light, matches and a nine-volt battery. But the blast was not powerful enough to turn the pipe into deadly shrapnel.

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The New York Times, citing several law enforcement officials, reported that Ullah said he had been radicalized online and had acted in retaliation for US airstrikes in Syria and elsewhere against the Islamic State, or Isis.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “This was an attempted terrorist attack.” He also said there were “no known additional incidents or activities” but said there would be an increased police presence in the city. The attack is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, said an attack on the subway was “very frightening and disturbing” and “in many ways, one of our worst nightmares”.

“This is New York,” Cuomo said. “The reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom. We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbor. Anyone can go on the internet and download garbage and vileness, how to put together an amateur level explosive device, and that is the reality we live with.

“The counter-reality is that this is New York and we all pitch together, and we are a savvy people and we keep our eyes open … and we have the best law enforcement in the globe.”

On Monday night, Ullah’s family said in statement that it was heartbroken and deeply saddened by the suffering the attack had caused. The statement was released on behalf of the family by Albert Fox Cahn, legal director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in New York.

The statement also said the family was outraged by some of law enforcement’s tactics, including pulling a teenage relative from class and questioning him without a parent, guardian or attorney present.

As he had after the last terrorist attack in New York, Donald Trump used the incident to call for tougher immigration measures.

“As I have been saying since I first announced my candidacy for president, America must fix its lax immigration system, which allows far too many dangerous, inadequately vetted people to access our country,” Trump said, issuing a formal statement rather than using his favored medium of Twitter.

“Today’s terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security. My executive action to restrict the entry of certain nationals from eight countries, which the supreme court recently allowed to take effect, is just one step forward in securing our immigration system. Congress must end chain migration.”

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The suspect, of Bangladeshi origin, was being treated at Bellevue hospital. Police said there was video of the attempted attack. Asked if the suspect was connected to the Islamic State terror group, O’Neill said the suspect “did make statements” but did not elaborate.

Police were investigating Brooklyn properties connected to Ullah or his relatives shortly after the attempted attack. In the quiet residential neighborhood of Kensington, witnesses said they had seen a Swat team enter a six-story building.

The subway station where the blast happened is below Port Authority bus terminal, the busiest in the world, serving at least 65 million passengers each year. On Monday morning, nearby Times Square and its surroundings were overwhelmed by police. The area would usually be packed with commuters and tourists.

The explosion occurred less than two months after a man drove a truck into a bicycle lane on Manhattan’s west side, killing eight people. The suspect pleaded not guilty to 22 counts including providing material support to the Islamic State group.

In September 2016, 30 people were injured when a bomb exploded behind a dumpster on West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea neighbourhood. The suspect was found guilty this October, on eight charges.

On Monday, travellers reacted with bemusement, relief and some humor. Danny Nguyen, 24, heard the explosion while he waited for a bus home to Philadelphia. He said police ran into the station. “I saw a mom trying to take her daughter up the elevator the wrong way, just panicking,” he said.

Tina Grimes, 38, was supposed to be on a bus to Boston. She said she was going to make the best of her extra time in New York. “It’s too cold to walk around,” she said. “Maybe I’ll go shopping or something.”

Barbara Petro had been due to return to Columbia, Maryland. She said the incident would not put her off visiting New York again, but was disappointed because “my granddaughter is singing in a Christmas performance as an angel tonight, and I don’t think I’ll make it”.

The attack interrupted nearly every subway line and some trains were evacuated, putting even more strain on a subway system that has been heavily criticized for long delays and frequent train breakdowns.

Many New Yorkers were unfazed. Shaun Henderson was on the F train after the explosion and said he was just happy the trains were working, even if he was going to be late for work.

“It’s the subway, you know,” Henderson said. “New Yorkers are used to this. The F train doesn’t need a pipe bomb to be fucked up.”

Hours after the explosion, the subway system had almost completely resumed normal service. Though witnesses described panic immediately after the explosion, shortly after the attack the scene was calm.

Source: theguardian.com

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Prevention Requires Planning – New Year’s Eve 2017

With half a million people likely to attend this year’s Melbourne Fireworks Displays for New Year’s Eve, the real planning to protect the public commenced months and months ago – probably immediately after last year’s successful event. Equally for those who would cause harm, their planning also commenced around the same time.

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Read this article from the BBC on the man charged with planning an attack on the event this year, Mr Ali Ali.

Melbourne man planned New Year’s Eve terror attack, police say

Australian police have arrested a man they allege was planning to carry out a terror attack during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne.

Ali Khalif Shire Ali, 20, will be charged with terrorism offences that carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, authorities said.

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Police allege he had planned to shoot people with an automatic gun at Federation Square in the city’s centre.

There is no ongoing threat to the public, police said.

Last year, about 500,000 people celebrated New Year’s Eve in Melbourne’s city centre.

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Authorities said Mr Ali was born in Australia to Somali parents and had been monitored by police as a “person of interest” since January.

They said he had not obtained an automatic weapon before his arrest in Werribee, a Melbourne suburb, on Monday.

“What we will be alleging is that he was intending to use a firearm to shoot and kill as many people as he could,” Victoria police deputy commissioner Shane Patton said on Tuesday.

“This is a person who would become particularly energised, for a lack of a better word, when overseas [terrorism] events occurred and would express a great deal of interest in committing an attack himself.”

No other suspects

Mr Ali had obtained an al-Qaeda manual online with instructions for staging a terrorist attack, and was a sympathiser of so-called Islamic State, according to police.

Mr Patton said he had connections with extremists but was believed to be acting alone. No further arrests were expected.

Search warrants were executed at Mr Ali’s home, a business where he had worked, and a relative’s property.

The arrest was not linked to previous operations, police said.

Last year, police said they had foiled a major terror attack planned for Christmas Day in Melbourne, with Federation Square also among its alleged targets.

Australian police have charged 74 people in counter-terrorism investigations since 2014, when the nation’s terror threat level was raised to “probable”.

Source: bbc.com

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Consider this. The organisations sponsoring such random attacks are not organised local Militia. In 90% of cases, the individuals ultimately involved are in fact mentally unbalanced. The approach taken by extremists such as the ISIS group is to appeal to such persons. The logic is simple. Those suffering from a mental affliction are unpredictable and quite often unaffected by the laws of society. They live in an alternative reality – their own delusions.

 

So in preparing for such an event, when planning it is imperative that Security Agencies look past the stuff that Intelligence Agencies focus on and deal with the real ‘what if’ contingencies of vehicular attack, weapons or explosives. The religion, political position or country of origin make little difference when security is breached. The real objective is to protect lives. To make secure the public areas and patrons attending.

The crowds on New Year’s Eve create huge no-go zones for vehicular traffic, that is unless of course the driver of a vehicle wishes to cause harm.

What such people look for is an easy breach, an entry that is not blocked or patrolled. Witness the carnage at Nice in France or even here in Melbourne. Quite simply, what is required are portable crash barriers – units able to be easily deployed and removed. Cost effective and capable of preventing any vehicle from entering a prohibited area for a designated period only.

The Meridian Crash Barriers supplied by AML Risk Management do just that. Patrons enjoying the Fireworks can be assured of their safety and their peace of mind. View the range of equipment available here

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The Meridian Crash Barriers are rated to stop a fully laden vehicle travelling at up to 48km/h. The units can easily be deployed using one or two people.

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Terror – The Prospect is Real – Preparation, Planning and Protection

In today’s papers there is a report on the latest potential terrorist threat to a major event in Melbourne.

A young man, Mr Ali Khalif Shire Ali, who’s family originally migrated here from Somalia, was born here in Australia. According to Federal Police, his radicalisation happened here over the last few years.

Man arrested over alleged Melbourne New Year’s Eve terror plot fronts court

ARMED Protective Services Officers will be deployed at Victoria’s shopping malls, supermarkets and at festivals in a bid to foil terrorist attacks.

The Herald Sun can exclusively reveal the Andrews Government will pay for new PSOs, on top of the 1319 now patrolling railway stations, to protect places where large numbers of people gather.

The move came as it emerged that a man accused of plotting a New Year’s Eve bloodbath in Federation Square had claimed that the nation’s spy agency, ASIO, approached him two years ago to inform on Islamic extremists.

Ali Khalif Shire Ali, 20, known to his friends as Ali Shire, faced Melbourne Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with preparing to commit a terrorist attack and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist act.

Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and ASIO, who tracked Mr Shire for much of the past year, say they discovered he planned to shoot “as many people as he could” in a CBD attack.

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Magistrate Simon Zebrowski remanded Mr Shire to appear back in court on March 13.

According to charge sheets, Mr Shire “did an act in preparation for, or planning a terrorist act” between March 31 and April 6 this year.

It is also alleged that on or about June 27, he intentionally collected a document “that was connected with the preparation for, or assistance in a terrorist attack”.

Heavily armed members of the Special Operations Group arrested Mr Shire about 3pm on Monday, in front of shocked locals in central Werribee.

Speaking before Mr Shire faced court, Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said: “This is a person who expressed an intention to try and kill as many people as he could through shooting them in Federation Square area on New Year’s Eve. It is a tremendous concern to us that (during) the festive season, when people are out enjoying themselves, there is a potential plot to commit a terrorist act.”

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Police allege Mr Shire tried to obtain an automatic rifle. But Mr Patton said he never managed to get hold of a gun.

“In respect to the documents that he accessed, he’s accessed documents produced by al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, which is a guide book in respect to how to commit a terrorist (act and) … and also how to use firearms, guns and handguns and rifles,” Mr Patton said.

The new PSOs, who will also patrol sporting and entertainment complexes, are intended to deter terrorists by their presence and to be on hand to respond first to any terrorist attack.

Senior police and Premier Daniel Andrews said there was no continuing threat, and people should not be afraid to attend celebrations for Christmas and for New Year’s Eve.

Mr Patton said Mr Shire, who was born in Australia to Somali parents, had lived in Victoria all his life.

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A “high level” person of interest he had been monitored since the start of the year, he said.

The Herald Sun can reveal Mr Shire is well connected in extremist communities in both Melbourne and Sydney, and in 2015 claimed ASIO spies tried to recruit him as an informant.

It is alleged his extremist behaviour gradually escalated.

Mr Shire is said to regularly have attended prayers with his family at Virgin Mary mosque in Werribee.

Worshippers there described the family as decent, and said they had noticed nothing suspicious about his behaviour.

Boss Warsame Hassan said Mr Shire had been working at his Footscray computer business part-time for about three months to learn new skills, and had shown no signs of radicalisation or worrying behaviour. “If I had (noticed any) I would have told the police,” he said.

Witnesses told the Herald Sun police arrived about 2.30pm on Monday and searched the premises for about five hours.

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About 3pm the terror suspect was arrested in front of shocked locals in central Werribee.

Witness Jessica Karasmanis told the Herald Sun she was parked at the traffic lights when she saw the drama unfold.

She said there were at least five men in heavy armour clothing and another five undercover cops.

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“They had him on the ground and they had his hands tied behind his back,” she said.

“They then stood him up and sat him next to a building.”

Ms Karasmanis said she showed her partner the photos when she got home and he made a comment that it may have been a terror arrest.

“I said, ‘no, not in Werribee’ and then I saw the news this morning,” she said.

Nearby workers said police ordered them to stay inside their businesses during the arrest.

“They told me to get back inside,” said a massage parlour worker.

Mr Shire is understood to have lived with his parents and brothers.

Mr Andrews said: “I’m very confident that Victorians can be confident that our police force and their partners are doing everything possible to keep us safe.

“This is yet another example of the fine and outstanding work Victoria Police do every day in so many different, challenging circumstances to keep us safe. It’s again an opportunity for us to extend our gratitude to the Australian Federal Police and our other national security partners.”

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Fans facing sport clampdown

FANS attending the Boxing Day Test and the Australian Open should expect electronic scans and bag searches as security is beefed up for Melbourne’s summer of sport.

Following yesterday’s anti-terrorism raids, spectators were urged not to be deterred from attending major sports events.

But they were advised to remain vigilant, and to allow more time to get to their seats inside stadiums.

Anti-terrorism measures such as bollards will be installed outside venues, 24- hour CCTV surveillance will be set up, and metal detector, bag and car searches will be carried out.

A sellout crowd of up to 100,000 is expected on day one of the Test, and Cricket Australia spokesman Tim Whittaker said the safety of fans, players and officials was the top priority.

“We are in regular contact with the relevant authorities to ensure we have the appropriate level of security at matches held around the country,’’ Mr Whittaker said.

“We encourage fans to arrive early to the Boxing Day Test to undergo regular security checks, including wanding and bag inspections.’’

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Victoria Police Commander Russell Barrett said there were “no known or specific threats’’ to people, organisations, infrastructure or events, and the public should “go about their daily business’’.

“For the Boxing Day Test, as with all major events, Victoria Police works closely with its partners including venue and event organisers to assess risks and develop plans to maximise patron safety,’’ he said.

“Victoria Police will have a highly visible presence inside and outside the MCG and the public can expect to see police at public transport hubs and along the routes to the stadium,” he said.

Melbourne Cricket Club spokesman Shane Brown confirmed water-filled barriers would be used during the cricket season to separate fans from vehicles.

But restrictions on entering the ground with anything but clear bags, and the installation of airport-style, walk-through weapon scanners, would not be in place at the MCG by the time of the Test.

“With four weeks to go until the Boxing Day Test, we are in regular contact with police and intelligence authorities to ensure we have the latest advice with respect to security matters,’’ Mr Brown said.

“At this stage, cricket fans can expect to see similar security procedures this summer as they have for recent MCG events, including bag checks and wanding.”

Tennis Australia spokeswoman Prue Ryan said:

“We work closely with all the relevant authorities, including security experts and law enforcement agencies, to ensure we have the very best procedures in place.’’

Source: heraldsun.com.au

The reality is that good intelligence work by the Australian Federal Police identified the young man before any harm was done. From the moment he set out to purchase an automatic weapon illegally his potential plan was doomed.

It is of very real importance that those Government agencies charged with providing the public with protection from such menace are equipped and trained to provide that protection.

At AML Risk Management, our trained APUs (Asset Protection Units) are drawn from former Armed Services Personnel, ex Police officers, Paramedics and Fire Brigade personnel. Personnel have also worked with high level Corporate Security Companies.

The AML APU teams are equipped with Explosive Detection Devices, Screening Devices such as Evolv and the Meridian Crash Barrier System to ensure against Vehicular Assault and Attack.

For further information on the services provided by AML, please provide your details on our contact form or call 03 9326 2244 right now to arrange an obligation free assessment of your business, facilities or proposed event.

Remember real protection requires planning and proper prevention methodologies and equipment.

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The Boxing Day Test – An event that requires premium extra security?

 

It’s Christmas and the Boxing Day Test is imminent. 5 days of scheduled Cricket excellence. The English Cricket Team versus Australia contesting Cricket’s Holy Grail – The Ashes. But far from occurring in the elegant grounds of Rupertswood at the home of the then President of the Melbourne Cricket Club – William Clarke and his wife Janet in 1882, with attendance by invitation, this will be held in one of the world’s greatest stadiums, the MCG – or Melbourne Cricket Ground – in front of up to 90,000 fans.

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Here is an extract for the Age describing last year’s Boxing Day Test. This year it’s the English team and it may prove to be an even bigger event.

Boxing Day Test: Spectators stream into MCG amid beefed up police presence

Spectators streaming into the MCG for the Boxing Day Test have been greeted by hundreds of additional police after a Christmas Day terror plot was thwarted last week.

Authorities have assured Victorians they should feel confident they are safe at busy events, including at the traditional Melbourne Test match.

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Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton declined to reveal how many police had been deployed but said there was a “strong visibility” at the event.

“I don’t say for operational reasons what those total numbers are but I can certainly tell you they number in the hundreds of additional police that are here today,” he said.

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Police carried out a series of raids across Melbourne on Friday to prevent an alleged terrorist attack planned to target CBD landmarks.

“It has meant that we’ve had to put additional planning into security of all the events through this period,” Mr Ashton said.

“If you’re at home [and] you’re thinking of coming to the cricket I’d only encourage you to do so.”

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Premier Daniel Andrews praised Victorians for continuing to enjoy major events despite the threat uncovered last week.

“It is great to see so many Victorians and Australians out doing all the special things at this time of year – not cowered by the plot that was foiled on Friday,” he said.

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Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said he expected good crowd numbers.

“Certainly the indications are the numbers are strong. People are streaming in,” he said, outside the ground on Monday morning. “We anticipate a good crowd and the weather is pretty well perfect for watching cricket.”

Source: theage.com.au

The question is whether the security on offer is actually the most effective – and efficient available – considering the size of the potential crowd. For metal detection, patrons are wanded. Obvious weapons such as knives and guns, as well as crude devices such as nail bombs may be detected, maybe. However there are far more effective mechanisms available to screen both the crowd and identify potential weapons or explosives.

Firstly there are the Evolv screening devices. These are walk through with the ability to cope with 700 people per hour. 24 of these units placed on entrances could effectively screen a 90,000 plus crowd in around 2.6 hours. Gates could be opened at 8am for the 11am start.

This device as the video demonstrates identifies the location and size of the weapon on the screened subject.

AML Risk Management also provide the very best in mobile explosive testing devices. Trained personnel from our Asset Protection Units can detect most common explosive compounds using hand held Trace Detection Devices. If detected the teams are equipped to render ineffective such bombs with specialist equipment that ensures 90% of the bomb or device capacity is neutralised.

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Find out more about the Seeker-E Trace Detection device here and Explosive Containment Device here

An finally there is the danger of vehicular attack. AML Risk Management provide a portable and mobile Crash Barrier system that is tried and tested against vehicular impact to 48km/h. With large crowds using a blocked off Brunton Avenue and busy Wellington St, such an attack is a very possible high risk. Portable Crash Barriers are easily deployed and removed.

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You can find out more about the Meridian Crash Barriers here

Whilst our Government is involved with international conflicts, it is a possibility, indeed a reality, that someone aligned with a known terrorist group may attempt to disrupt this event. Let’s ensure that the only Ashes Australia experiences are restricted to the field of play. Being well prepared with practical preventative measures in the long run provides sensible and scientific protection.

AML provide measured, realistic and effective protection. Combining technology, training and intelligence.

Preparation, Prevention, Protection – the AML way

Fire Risks Real for Major Events in Rural Areas

As Summer takes hold, it’s worth considering the likelihood of a particularly high fire danger for this year in rural Victoria.

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The Victorian Government has released a cautionary warning to the population on the likelihood of an increased Fire Risk during the 2017/18 Summer period.

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Conditions in Victoria appear likely to increase the risk of an above normal fire season, with a potentially earlier start in some parts of the state according to the latest Seasonal Bushfire Outlook released today.

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook, developed by the Bureau of Meteorology with fire and land managers, was released today, Tuesday, 5 September in New South Wales.

The outlook is used by emergency management agencies to make strategic decisions about the summer season, including fire preparedness.

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Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the outlook was an early indication of what Victoria could expect in the summer season

“The severity of the fire season will depend on a number of factors, including the amount, location and timing of rain in the months leading up to summer,” he said.

“The early forecast shows there is underlying dryness in some areas of the state, particularly across central parts of Victoria and across the east

“While there is a lot of surface water, which means there will be grass growth and a healthy supply of water for crop growing, ground moisture has the potential to dry out quickly under dry and warm conditions.

“The level of risk in the October to December period will still depend on how much spring rain there is in September.”

Mr Lapsley said summer season preparations across emergency management agencies were well underway.

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“Pre-season briefings for emergency management personnel will begin to rollout across Victoria so our people understand the seasonal outlook, know the risks, are prepared to respond to emergencies, working with our communities,” he said.

“It’s important that the community also begins their fire prevention works, plan early and act early. Use all of September, October and November to get ready and prepare your properties, yourself and your family.

“Forest Fire Management Victoria and CFA have brought forward preparedness activities, including the spring planned burning program.

“For spring, efforts will focus on reducing risk in the North East, Northern Country, North Central, the Mallee and the far South West districts.

“We are in this together – government, agencies, communities and business – and go into the summer season knowing we work best when we work collaboratively as a strong, capable sector with a focus on the best outcomes for the communities we serve.”

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook is published by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC).

Source: emv.vic.gov.au

As an integral part of its Emergency Response Services, AML Risk Management provides a range of Fire Suppression and Response services and tactics. For those planning large outdoor Summer events in rural settings – Music Festivals (such as the Falls Music Festival at Lorne), Concerts or large Community Events – Surf Carnivals, Picnics on the Green or Sporting Events such as the annual Murray River Water Skiing Marathon and the Cycling Classic, the Tour Down Under; this is a major consideration. A bushfire or grassfire through coastal scrub or open forest can be intense and ultimately devastating – a real threat to human life.

AML Risk Management Emergency Response Teams are suitably qualified and trained in:

  • Fire Control and Rescue Protocols
  • Aviation Fire Suppression
  • Decontamination
  • Industrial Fire Fighting – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced

 

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AML Risk Management APUs (Asset Protection Units) are fully trained and competent in providing any event with required expertise in:

  • Fire Safety and Evacuation Practices
  • Alarm Raising, Professional Response
  • Identifying, classifying and responding to different fire types and sources
  • Correct usage and deployment of all Fire equipment and Extinguishers
  • Safe and Correct usage of Fire Hose Reels, Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets
  • Understanding and applying the ‘Fire Triangle’ concept
  • Ensuring correct and mandatory Safety Procedures are adhered to in the fighting of any type of fire
  • All of the above are combined in the adoption and use of correct fire fighting tactics

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When a large event is threatened by fire, there is the possibility of panic and chaos. AML Risk Management includes Fire Risk and Prevention protocols in its overall Emergency Management package when and if required.

AML Risk Management provide a swift and appropriate response to all emergency situations, with an informed handover to Emergency Services Personnel and the nominated Emergency Response Controller when activated. AML Risk Management remain as the client liaison for its clients until the particular emergency is controlled or resolved.

AML Risk Management – Preparation, Prevention, Protection

AML Introduces Meridian Group’s Anti Vehicle Barriers

AML Risk Management offer the Meridian Rapid Defence Group’s Anti Vehicle Barriers in Melbourne, Greater Victoria and elsewhere on demand.Please find a further description of the units and their capabilities here. Take the time to read the entire article to fully understand the application of Vehicle Barriers, their ease of use and the portability of the Meridian range.

Meridian Rapid Defence Group Anti Vehicle Barriers

Meridian Rapid Defence Group – Archer 1200 Barriers

Meridian Rapid Defence Group have developed the first portable barriers to successfully stop a vehicle traveling at 48km per hour, with a total weight of 1.5 tonne.
In July 2017 the Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle Barrier successfully passed and was certified by the standards of the European Publicly Available Specifications security standard. Standards held by the U.S Department of Defence and Department of Homeland Security guidelines have been met by the Archer 1200 Barriers. As a part of meeting these guidelines the Archer 1200 was able to bring a high risk vehicle to a complete stop, in less than just 10 feet.

These barriers are designed to protect high traffic and/or pedestrian areas, from vehicles which may be considered dangerous. This is achieved by the barriers ability to harden a perimeter. The barriers are also able to be re-deployed in the event of changing conditions or changing threat levels.

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Meridian Rapid Defence Group Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle Barriers

One of the most appealing features of the Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle barrier is its ability to be moved and installed with ease. The task can be completed by just 1-2 people and can be accomplished within a few short minutes. This feature is of high importance, as it allows areas to be blocked off and re-opened in the event that an emergency vehicle requires access.

Movement and installation is completed by attaching an Archer towbar to the portable barrier. No other tools or materials are necessary during any movement of the barriers.
Included below is a link to a guided demonstration of the barrier installation, completed by Meridian Rapid Defence Group.

Other valued features include:

  • Portable
  • Electricity free
  • Hydraulic free
  • Do not require maintenance
  • Reusable after impact
  • Non-lethal
  • Able to be deployed by 1 person
  • Harden Perimeter
  • Heavy duty material
  • Ballistics tested

Why choose Archer Anti-Vehicle Barriers?

Meridian Rapid Defence group have carefully developed and tested their products to deliver high quality. The Archer 1200 Barriers have a proven ability to stop high risk vehicles, and have also been ballistics tested to .50 calibre ball rounds.
At AML Risk Management, we are more than just a Security provider. The team at AML will strive to complete any task at a high standard. Our goal is to provide the safest environment achievable through liaising with the client and evaluating safety concerns specific to the event or location. We stand for the safety and quality of service delivered to the client, while maintaining an adaptable approach to security needs. We believe that through the use of Meridian Rapid Defence group’s high quality products, we are able to implement security measures that cater for modern day threats to public safety.

The use of the anti-vehicle barriers will drastically increase public safety at any event or location. Archer barriers have been used to harden the perimeter of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Meridian Rapid Defence Group was also able to cater for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards by deploying Archer Barriers, as the risk of a security threat was heightened due to rogue police officer Christopher Dorner.

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Meridian Rapid Defense Group Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle Barriers

Meridian Rapid Defence Group Barrier Kits

Barrier Kits are a great example of how to utilise the barriers and how they are adaptable to a variety of circumstances. They maintain the ability to secure a premises to suit the needs of the client and the safety of all affiliated with the location or event. The kits demonstrate the ability to prevent all access, or partial access to and from a premises. Along with adapting to the needs of the client, barriers can be used in different ways to accommodate an increased need for security. Such as if an event or location is considered to be at an elevated risk level, or even if the threat level is considered imminent. While used alongside traffic cones, barriers may also be deployed to simply slow vehicle traffic passing through designated areas. The following kits have been constructed by Meridian Rapid Defence group as a guideline to the use of Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle Barriers.

Conventions for Barricade Strength

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Meridian utilises the National Terrorism Advisory System as a universally relevant lexicon for describing the specific security needs for a given location. Within an overall property, there may be areas of lower or higher risk due to surrounding physical structures, existing security, ambient traffic flow or target value to terrorists.

For areas of Elevated risk, barriers may be configured more for deterrence than vehicle stoppage, whereas areas of Imminent risk would warrant maximum protection designed to decrease or completely eliminate vehicle penetration. Generally Meridian Barriers should be employed in all areas of Elevated, Intermediate or Imminent Risk. As a critical point of difference from fixed solutions, the modular nature of the Meridian barriers allows a property to respond to changes in overall threat levels.

Lane Merger

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Soft technologies such as rubber cones and flares are often used to guide traffic in a direction or to gradually close off a lane. While effective in communicating the desired action, they are completely ineffective in true vehicle mitigation (zero stopping power).

Meridian Barriers are used in conjunction with cones to guide traffic as well as prevent a breach or by-pass of lane closure.

Single Lane Closure

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Meridian Barriers are ideally suited for preventing vehicle breach at narrow high-threat areas such as gates, driveways or single/double lane roadways.

In these formations, vehicle entry is completely prevented and areas with large, fast-approaching encroachments.

Two Lane Closure

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Meridian Barriers can be laced across more than one lane while still allowing fast and easy movement for pedestrians or emergency vehicles.

Span Protection

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The interface between roadways and unprotected promenades, outdoor malls or parkways leaves pedestrians particularly vulnerable. Meridian Barriers are a drag and drop portable solution, which can be placed across large passageways to serve as highly effective, temporary bollards.

Other Products

Other products developed by the Meridian Rapid Defence Group include the Archer beam gate. This product is available upon request.
To view products created by Meridian Rapid Defence Group please visit http://www.betterbarriers.com/products/.

Our Services

AML Risk Management is a licenced and experienced Security Firm which operates at an industry leading standard. Our experienced team of trained professionals strive to complete every task to the satisfaction of the client. Part of our goal is to maintain the flexibility to cater for the unique security needs of any event at any capacity. This is achieved through the diverse range of services we offer, from basic crowd control and asset protection, through to our Emergency Response and Emergency Management Teams. We also have a highly skilled Asset Protection Unit who are qualified to operate and carry out Trace Detection.

We believe that the use of Meridian Rapid Defense Group Barriers within our company has increased our ability to maintain high standards of security.

AML Risk Management has the ability to provide, install and manage the use of barriers for any event. Barriers are also available for outright purchase with the tools and training to self-manage deployment.

Upon request, AML Risk Management is also able to provide a detailed evaluation of the site or event looking to install Meridian Rapid Defense Group barriers.

Enquiries

For all enquiries regarding our services, or to request a consultation, please leave your details here on our website or call now on 03 9326 2244

Preparation, Prevention, Protection – The AML Way

 

Vehicular Attack – Can it be prevented?

Again, another madman takes to a pedestrian and bike thoroughfare, mowing down innocent civilians, in this case sadly school children, who were celebrating graduation from High School. This is a perfect example of the need for High Tech retractable bollards with crash barriers being placed after the carnage. Often the first action is a distraction to mount an even bigger assault. This happened in Bali at Paddy’s Bar when a small device distracted the security only to be followed by a massive explosion.

It is becoming clear that this type of ‘lone wolf’ attack using a vehicle is being copy-catted worldwide. The technology is already available to prevent such ruthless and mindless attacks on civilian populations. Please review our two previous blogs here and here. In Britain such Bollards are already deployed in a number of locations.

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Permanent hydraulic Bollards simply lower to surface level to allow vehicles to pass if that vehicle has been set up with the sensor code. Emergency vehicles, maintenance vehicles and some delivery vehicles are permitted, with strict protocols.

AML Risk Management utilise portable Crash Barriers from Meridian of the USA. You can read here about these very portable, very effective crash barriers and view videos demonstrating their effectiveness against vehicular attack.

Here is a full reprint of the report in Wednesday’s Age Newspaper on the attacks minus the politicians statements. Consider carefully – would bollards (hydraulic) have protected the pedestrians killed and injured? The attacker was deemed a ‘lone wolf’. What if he was a diversionary tactic? Did the authorities have the equipment to prevent further vehicular attack?

New York: Eight people were killed when a man drove a utility vehicle down a bike path next to the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, before he jumped out with two fake guns and was shot by police officers.

Federal authorities were treating the incident as a terrorist attack, a senior law enforcement official said.

Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old New York attack suspect, is seen running down the street after he allegedly ran over cyclists and pedestrians in a utility vehicle.

Two law enforcement officials said that after the attacker got out of the truck, he was heard yelling, “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great”.

The attacker, in a rented Home Depot ute, hit numerous pedestrians and cyclists as he drove as many as 20 blocks south on the bike path, officials said.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov by two law enforcement officials, Associated Press reports.

Saipov is reportedly an Uzbek national who has been in the US since 2010. He lived in Tampa, Florida and Ohio at different times and has a history of minor traffic violations.

Two law enforcement officials said that investigators discovered handwritten notes in Arabic inside the truck that indicated allegiance to Islamic State.

Saipov is expected to survive, meaning investigators will likely have a chance to question him about his motive for the attack, but so far, they said, he appeared to have been a “lone wolf” suspect – someone who acted alone after being inspired, but not directly instructed, by the Islamic State.

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The suspect has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov by two law enforcement officials, Associated Press reports. Photo: St Charles Missouri Dept of Corrections

He had been living in Paterson, New Jersey, before the attack, and rented the vehicle in that state before driving it into Manhattan, officials said.

Five friends from Argentina are among those killed in the attack.

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The damaged Home Depot truck came to rest in the bike lane in New York City.  Photo: AP

The compatriots, from the city of Rosario in central Argentina, were celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation.

A statement from the ministry says it passed on its deepest condolences following the deaths of Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi.

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Some people were being treated for injuries near a mangled school bus. Photo: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

A sixth Argentinian man with the group named as Martin Ludovico Marro is being treated at the Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan, the ministry added.

A Belgian woman was also killed when a driver ploughed into pedestrians and cyclists in New York.

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Initial reports said a van on the bike path had run down several people. Photo: Bebeto Matthews

Three more Belgians were also injured – a mother, father and child from the same family and are undergoing surgery, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders told news agency Belga.

The suspect in the attack, identified as Sayfullo Saipov has come out of surgery after being shot by police and is expected to survive, CNN reports.

Eight people dead in New York City bike path ‘terror attack’

Eleven people were transported to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The ute eventually collided with a school bus, injuring two adults and two children. After the collision, the driver of the ute got out of the vehicle brandishing what appeared to be two guns.

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An image of the incident. Photo: Alex Cruz/IllmaticNYC

A local uniformed police officer confronted the subject and shot him in the abdomen, police said.

The subject was wounded and transported to hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Tuesday night. A paintball gun and pellet gun were recovered at the scene.

It was the greatest loss of life from a suspected terrorist attack in New York since suicide hijackers crashed jetliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, killing more than 2,600 people.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the suspect appeared to have acted alone.

“There’s no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme. These are the actions of one individual meant to cause pain and harm and probably death,” Cuomo said at a news conference.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said that, based on the information they had, “this was an act of terror around a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians”.

Commissioner O’Neill said the motivation of the attack will form part of the investigation, which will be jointly conducted by the New York Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Look at the [modus operandi] of the attack, and he made a statement when he exited vehicle which suggests it was a terror attack,” he said.

Witnesses described gunshots ringing out, people scrambling for cover and a street strewn with bodies and crumpled bicycles.

A large section of the West Side Highway was closed for the investigation as hundreds of officers, including the bomb squad, responded to the scene. The truck came to a rest near Chambers and West Streets.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump had been briefed by White House chief of staff John Kelly and “will be continually updated as more details are known”.

The motorist hit numerous people as nearby Stuyvesant High School was letting out for the day, officials said.

Students at the high school, one of the city’s elite public schools, reported that they saw a man shooting from a ute, and then saw the vehicle turn and strike a school bus.

Ramon Cruz, 27, said he saw a man crash his white ute and emerge from the vehicle at Chambers and West Streets.

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Mr. Cruz said the front of the ute was smashed and the driver appeared injured. Then Mr. Cruz said he heard someone yell, “he’s got a gun, run, run!”

Police officers, including the bomb squad, responded to the scene and several nearby buildings, including Stuyvesant, were placed on lockdown, with those inside told to take shelter.

The Fire Department said officials responded just after 3pm, local time, to reports of a mass casualty at Chambers and West Streets.

Source: theage.com.au

 

Isis Inspired Vehicular Attack – Can it be prevented?

Again, another madman takes to a pedestrian and bike thoroughfare, mowing down innocent civilians, in this case sadly school children, who were celebrating graduation from High School. This is a perfect example of the need for High Tech retractable bollards with crash barriers being placed after the carnage. Often the first action is a distraction to mount an even bigger assault. This happened in Bali at Paddy’s Bar when a small device distracted the security only to be followed by a massive explosion.

It is becoming clear that this type of ‘lone wolf’ attack using a vehicle is being copy-catted worldwide. The technology is already available to prevent such ruthless and mindless attacks on civilian populations. Please review our two previous blogs here and here. In Britain such Bollards are already deployed in a number of locations.

globoll_a

Permanent hydraulic Bollards simply lower to surface level to allow vehicles to pass if that vehicle has been set up with the sensor code. Emergency vehicles, maintenance vehicles and some delivery vehicles are permitted, with strict protocols.

The issue becomes difficult when crowds gather in spaces for individual events and activities. Protests, sporting events and festivals all ensure large crowds gather in relatively unprotected precincts – where such bollards cannot normally be deployed.

AML Risk Management utilise portable Crash Barriers from Meridian of the USA. You can read here about these very portable, very effective crash barriers and view videos demonstrating their effectiveness against vehicular attack.

Here is a full reprint of the report in Wednesday’s Age Newspaper on the attacks minus the politicians statements. Consider carefully – would bollards (hydraulic) have protected the pedestrians killed and injured? The attacker was deemed a ‘lone wolf’. What if he was a diversionary tactic? Did the authorities have the equipment to prevent further vehicular attack?

Eight people dead in New York City bike path ‘terror attack’

New York: Eight people were killed when a man drove a utility vehicle down a bike path next to the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, before he jumped out with two fake guns and was shot by police officers.

Federal authorities were treating the incident as a terrorist attack, a senior law enforcement official said.

Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old New York attack suspect, is seen running down the street after he allegedly ran over cyclists and pedestrians in a utility vehicle.

Two law enforcement officials said that after the attacker got out of the truck, he was heard yelling, “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great”.

The attacker, in a rented Home Depot ute, hit numerous pedestrians and cyclists as he drove as many as 20 blocks south on the bike path, officials said.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov by two law enforcement officials, Associated Press reports.

Saipov is reportedly an Uzbek national who has been in the US since 2010. He lived in Tampa, Florida and Ohio at different times and has a history of minor traffic violations.

Two law enforcement officials said that investigators discovered handwritten notes in Arabic inside the truck that indicated allegiance to Islamic State.

Saipov is expected to survive, meaning investigators will likely have a chance to question him about his motive for the attack, but so far, they said, he appeared to have been a “lone wolf” suspect – someone who acted alone after being inspired, but not directly instructed, by the Islamic State.

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The suspect has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov by two law enforcement officials, Associated Press reports. Photo: St Charles Missouri Dept of Corrections

He had been living in Paterson, New Jersey, before the attack, and rented the vehicle in that state before driving it into Manhattan, officials said.

Five friends from Argentina are among those killed in the attack.

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The damaged Home Depot truck came to rest in the bike lane in New York City.  Photo: AP

The compatriots, from the city of Rosario in central Argentina, were celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation.

A statement from the ministry says it passed on its deepest condolences following the deaths of Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi.

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Some people were being treated for injuries near a mangled school bus. Photo: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

A sixth Argentinian man with the group named as Martin Ludovico Marro is being treated at the Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan, the ministry added.

A Belgian woman was also killed when a driver ploughed into pedestrians and cyclists in New York.

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Initial reports said a van on the bike path had run down several people. Photo: Bebeto Matthews

Three more Belgians were also injured – a mother, father and child from the same family and are undergoing surgery, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders told news agency Belga.

The suspect in the attack, identified as Sayfullo Saipov has come out of surgery after being shot by police and is expected to survive, CNN reports.

Eight people dead in New York City bike path ‘terror attack’

Eleven people were transported to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The ute eventually collided with a school bus, injuring two adults and two children. After the collision, the driver of the ute got out of the vehicle brandishing what appeared to be two guns.

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An image of the incident. Photo: Alex Cruz/IllmaticNYC

A local uniformed police officer confronted the subject and shot him in the abdomen, police said.

The subject was wounded and transported to hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Tuesday night. A paintball gun and pellet gun were recovered at the scene.

It was the greatest loss of life from a suspected terrorist attack in New York since suicide hijackers crashed jetliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, killing more than 2,600 people.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the suspect appeared to have acted alone.

“There’s no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme. These are the actions of one individual meant to cause pain and harm and probably death,” Cuomo said at a news conference.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said that, based on the information they had, “this was an act of terror around a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians”.

Commissioner O’Neill said the motivation of the attack will form part of the investigation, which will be jointly conducted by the New York Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Look at the [modus operandi] of the attack, and he made a statement when he exited vehicle which suggests it was a terror attack,” he said.

Witnesses described gunshots ringing out, people scrambling for cover and a street strewn with bodies and crumpled bicycles.

A large section of the West Side Highway was closed for the investigation as hundreds of officers, including the bomb squad, responded to the scene. The truck came to a rest near Chambers and West Streets.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump had been briefed by White House chief of staff John Kelly and “will be continually updated as more details are known”.

The motorist hit numerous people as nearby Stuyvesant High School was letting out for the day, officials said.

Students at the high school, one of the city’s elite public schools, reported that they saw a man shooting from a ute, and then saw the vehicle turn and strike a school bus.

Ramon Cruz, 27, said he saw a man crash his white ute and emerge from the vehicle at Chambers and West Streets.

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Mr. Cruz said the front of the ute was smashed and the driver appeared injured. Then Mr. Cruz said he heard someone yell, “he’s got a gun, run, run!”

Police officers, including the bomb squad, responded to the scene and several nearby buildings, including Stuyvesant, were placed on lockdown, with those inside told to take shelter.

The Fire Department said officials responded just after 3pm, local time, to reports of a mass casualty at Chambers and West Streets.

Source: theage.com.au

For further information on the Meridian Crash Barrier System please contact us at AML Risk Management on 03 9326 2244 or leave your details on our contact page on the AML website.

AML – Planning, Protection, Prevention