The answer is simple. Any vehicle being driven in such a way to cause death or injury to others – deliberately – can be deemed a hostile vehicle.
Where Hostile Vehicle Mitigation strategies come into play are in the areas where large groups of people gather – pedestrian malls, events, protests, seasonal shopping crowds.
Hostile Vehicle Mitigation can be of a permanent nature – bollards, both fixed and hydraulic or temporary – Crash Barrier systems installed prior to events, gatherings and large crowds, removed after such events.
The Meridian Archer 1200 portable Vehicle Mitigation Barriers is one such system. In Australia AML Risk Management deploy this system and ensure crowd safety. This year the system has been used effectively at the South Melbourne Market Mussel and Jazz Festival which blocked off Cecil St between Coventry St and York St for 2 days on the 10th and 11th of March.
The units are placed prior to the event and can effectively stop a vehicle of 1.5 tonnes travelling at 48km/h.
The need for such systems was demonstrated last week in Indonesia where Motorcycles and Scooters breached church entrances and Police Station entrances carrying suicide bombers. There was an appalling loss of life.
So certainly there are concerns with regard to ISIS terrorists, in Australia, but this is a much bigger concern in Indonesia where radicals have based themselves for decades.
Here events like Anzac Day Ceremonies have been targeted by radicalised youths but not affected as yet. This year AML positioned the Archer 1200 Portable Vehicle Mitigation systems at Anzac Ceremonies in Victoria as a precaution.
The real tragedies that have occurred here in Melbourne have all been predicated by mentally disturbed perpetrators. That being said, it is certainly wise to ensure the safety of any public gathering, sports event or street festival with a sensible well devised Hostile Vehicle Mitigation plan.
AML Risk Management are well positioned to provide a full consultancy and implementation of such a program for any interested parties.
Call now on 03 9326 2244 and book an appointment for further information or leave your details here and one of our operatives can assist you in developing an effective plan to ensure the safety of your event.
Remember with AML Risk Management proper Planning Prevents and Protects.
AML Risk Management – First in Hostile Vehicle Mitigation