Permanent Bollards – How They Really Work

At AML Risk Management we are aware of a wide range of professional Bollards and Crash Barriers.

Today we feature another well engineered product from the UK. The concrete blocks laid out in all Australian Capital Cities are not truly Bollards. As Crocodile Dundee would say ‘This is a Bollard!’

There really is no reason why City Councils in Australian cities do not install permanent effective hydraulic and mechanical bollards. The equation on cost is simply not applicable when one looks at the carnage that occurred on Bourke St in Melbourne, January 2017.

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Regular and approved users of restricted pedestrian areas, such as trams, buses, some delivery vehicles and emergency vehicles can be fitted with sensors which lower then raise the bollards after the vehicle passes. These have been in operation, in cities such as Manchester, for some time in the UK.

The real issue is where ‘temporary crowds’ gather in places not equipped to manage vehicles or pedestrian traffic effectively. This can include sporting events, concerts, outdoor entertainment, marathon runs, race meetings and a number of other specific occasions where large crowds gather and frankly become potential targets.

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AML Risk Management have access to and provide a very effective range of crash barriers and vehicle mitigation devices. The Meridian Crash Barrier range is a portable range of crash barriers with proven capacity. The barriers can be easily deployed by either two or one persons.

Click here to view our previous blog where the units are fully explained via video. The Meridian Barriers have been widely used in the USA, at Port Facilities and Oil Refineries as well as in theatres of war such as Afghanistan (Kandahar Airport) and other places.

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AML Risk Management are both trained and proficient in providing the right protective strategy for specific events and locations and provide sensible, cost effective prevention and protective services.

Call now on 03 9326 2244 to enquire further on Crash Barriers or other service provision. Or leave your details here on our website and one of our friendly staff will contact you ASAP.

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Bollards provide a Crash Barrier

Crash barriers take on many forms. Here in 2014, pre London Bridge, Nice and Berlin the team from Fifth Gear test purpose built engineered Bollards. These are designed to be permanent fixtures in risk prone precincts.

AML utilises crash barriers from Meridian to provide similar protection wherever large crowds gather for one off events or promotions.

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There are many systems available and over the next few weeks we will post some videos showing just how to stop a rampaging vehicle.

Call us at AML Risk Management now on 03 9326 2244 or leave your details here for further information

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Vehicular assault, Crowd targets – Use Crash Barriers for Protection

Would be ‘terrorists’, enlisted on internet sites by bogus extremists, now choose vehicles as the weapon of choice. In France, Britain, Berlin, Stockholm and now Canada, young men – acting alone – steer large and small vehicles into crowds with only one purpose – to kill.

In North Carolina a person of different political persuasion does exactly the same thing. In Melbourne a suspected schizophrenic drives through lunch time crowds killing six people. What is the solution? The answer is restrict the access to pedestrian malls with Bollards and then to make one hundred percent sure with effective Crash Barriers.
Here is a report on the latest Canadian attack. Consider that Edmonton, Alberta is really a very large country town of 800,000 people. It could be compared to Greater Geelong or Newcastle. The attack was made on a football game crowd that drew a very large crowd.

Canada terror attack in Edmonton: Man arrested after ‘stabbing police officer, ramming police car

A suspected terrorist has been arrested after allegedly stabbing an officer and deliberately ramming pedestrians during a high-speed chase in a rented truck in Canada.

The rampage, which left five injured, began on Saturday evening outside a football stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, and ended hours later when the suspect’s U-Haul rental truck flipped onto its side with police in hot pursuit.

The suspect is believed to be 30-year-old Edmonton resident Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, according to CTV. Sharif is reportedly a Somalian national living in Canada as a refugee. Police have not yet laid charges, however the incident is being investigated as a terror attack.

The suspect was pulled out of the vehicle through the smashed front windshield and handcuffed, a witness, Pat Hannigan, told the Edmonton Journal.

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The suspect’s U-Haul rental truck flipped onto its side with police in hot pursuit. Picture: AFP/Michael Mukai Source:AFP

The recovery of an Islamic State flag from one of the vehicles used in the attacks led police to pursue the incidents as an act of terrorism.

“Currently, we believe this is an individual who acted alone, although the investigation is in its early stages,” Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the incident a “terrorist attack,” and urged Canadians to be vigilant.

“I am deeply concerned and outraged by this tragedy,” he said in a statement. “While the investigation continues, early reports indicate that this is another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against,” he said.

Mr Trudeau said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the country’s Integrated National Enforcement Team had joined the Edmonton police in its investigation.

“We cannot — and will not — let violent extremism take root in our communities. We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear,” he said.

At approximately 8.15pm Saturday local time, a man in a speeding white Chevy Malibu crashed through police barricades outside Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium, where a Canadian Football League game was being played.

The car struck a police officer standing in front of his patrol car, “sending him flying 15 feet through the air” before crashing into his car.

“A male, believed to be 30 years of age, then jumped out of his vehicle and began viciously stabbing the officer with a knife, as a struggle ensued,” the police statement said.

The suspect then fled on foot and the police officer was rushed to a hospital. The scene was captured on a surveillance video which was released by the police.

Police set up roadblocks around the city of 800,000, and just before midnight police pulled over the U-Haul truck.

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Police investigate the scene where a car crashed into a roadblock in Edmonton. Picture: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP Source:AP

When police noticed that the name on the driver’s license was similar to that of the registered owner of the white Malibu, the man took off toward downtown Edmonton, according to the police account.

“He deliberately tried to hit pedestrians in crosswalks and alleys” at two different places, Knecht told reporters.

“Currently, it is believed four pedestrians were struck by the truck and transported to hospital with multiple injuries,” it said.

Witnesses described a scene of stunned panic when the truck ploughed through pedestrians.

“There were people flying and everything,” Kim Andressen told the Edmonton Journal. “I’m shocked — I just see people flying.”

The chase ended when the suspect lost control of the truck, which flipped onto its side.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said he believed it was a “lone wolf” attack.

“Terrorism is about creating panic and disrupting people’s lives,” he said, adding that Edmontonians would “rise above hatred and division.”

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A U-Haul truck rests on its side after a high-speed chase with police in Edmonton. Picture: Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP Source:AP

The incident was reminiscent of similar vehicle attacks by jihadists in Barcelona, London, Nice, Berlin and Stockholm.

In 2014, a Muslim convert ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, killing one of them. The assailant was shot to death after he tried to attack a police officer with a knife.

That incident came just two days before a soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa was shot and killed by a Canadian Muslim in an incident that spilt into the nearby Canadian parliament before he, too, was killed by police.

Several Canadians have joined the ranks of Islamic State over the past five years, and others have been intercepted and jailed on terrorism charges under a law made tougher after the attack in Ottawa.

In March 2016, a Canadian who said he was acting on orders of Allah attacked two soldiers with a knife at a recruitment centre in Toronto.

Canada is a member of the international coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria. Although it has withdrawn its combat aircraft from coalition operations, it still has special operations forces and trainers on the ground in Iraq.

From News Limited

This is a very real problem with a highly effective and simple solution – Crash Barriers.
When an event is planned in such a place, or in a major city, it’s possible to position effective crash barriers to protect the crowds from vehicular harm.

We have previously published a video of the Meridian Archer 1200 Anti-Vehicle barrier. It’s worth reviewing. You can do so here [Link: https://amlrisk.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/crash-barriers-save-lives/%5D

In using these barriers AML Risk Management can guarantee that most vehicles can be stopped. The units are simple to assemble and deploy and just as easy to remove (with only one person if necessary).

AML is capable of deploying such barriers anywhere in Melbourne or Sydney at short notice. Bollards and untried, untrained static guards make little difference in such a determined attack. The Sydney Opera House, the MCG, the Bourke St Mall, Martin Place – all are vulnerable. Meridian’s motto is ‘Plan, Prepare, Protect.’ and at AML we can only agree. It is the foundation of the service we provide.

With the Spring Racing Carnival, the Cricket season with matches at the MCG, the SCG and the Gabba, and Christmas shopping just around the corner now is the time to take action. You do not get a second chance. Act now, act decisively.

Call AML Risk Management on 03 9326 2244 for a free, no-obligation quotation on your venue or site. Or leave your details here and one of our trained supervisors will get back to you ASAP.

Gun Control and Protection of the Public

With the devastating event this week in Las Vegas whereby 59 people lost their lives and 500 were injured in a senseless mass shooting, the issue of Gun Control is firmly back on the agenda in the USA. Here in Australia, the Prime Minister of the time, John Howard, made a momentous decision after the terrible Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania on the 28-29th of April 1996.

Within a year the then Government had implemented the ‘National Firearms program Implementation Act 1996’ restricting the private ownership of high capacity semi automatic rifles, semi automatic shotguns and pump action shotguns as well as introducing uniform firearms licensing. The implementation was given full support by the Commonwealth States and Territories. Similar laws were passed in Britain in 1997 in response to the Dunblane massacre which occurred 6 weeks before the Port Arthur massacre.

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In Australia there have been no mass shootings since the change in Gun Laws. Prior to the change in Gun Laws 13 mass shootings occurred in the previous 18 years (more than 4 people). Homicide rates have dropped 50%. The youth suicide rate where firearms are used has also dropped substantially.

The Shooter in Las Vegas had 23 weapons in the room and a mass of ammunition. Bullets were fired at up to 90 rounds every 10 seconds. He fired for over 10 minutes.

Rifles included AK47s and AR15s capable of delivering up to 935 rounds per minute. These were modified with ‘Bump Stocks’ enabling this type of firepower.

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The US has uncontrolled Gun ownership. In Nevada, its legal to carry weapons on the street to some extent. Quite frankly, it’s a free for all. Not so in Australia thankfully, but we still have serious issues with illegal weapons. It’s imperative that these are detected before any such tragedies occur.

Hand Guns are illegal for most people in Australia, yet criminals smuggle many such weapons into Australia.

To achieve optimum safety at events, transport hubs and other locations AML have secured the rights to the Evolv detection system.

Watch the video on this new and effective weapons detection system. It’s silent, efficient and can identify large and small weapons. It’s designed to prevent ‘Mass Casualty Threats’. It can process 700 people per hour. It’s quick, it’s thorough. Unlike the units currently in use at Airports, Courthouses and similar locations, these units do not require coin, key trays or wanding. Weapons are identified in terms of size and locations on the carrier’s body. Green light or red light, it’s that simple.

Australia is one of the safest locations in the world in respect to gun crime. Using equipment such as Evolv will ensure that this remains the case.

profile picFor further information, please leave your contact details here on our website or call 03 9326 2244 to book an Evolv device for your location.

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