Better Barriers Offer Better Security

AML Risk Management has exclusive access to the Meridian Group’s unique range of Crash Barriers.

Here we re-publish extracts from their website showing the equipment available, how and where it has been used, and it’s very real advantages in preparing for major events where ‘bump in, bump out’ equipment is required.

Meet the Archer 1200

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Security is never a single product solution. Meridian Barriers fill a specific need that is simply unmatched by anything currently on the market. Strength and flexibility make them a vital component of your overall security plan. The Archer 1200 is the only solution that meets your needs.

The Archer 1200 is the only portable barrier solution to hold certifications in both the U.S. and European crash test standards.

Certified Results

The Archer 1200 has passed both the U.S. DOD and PAS 68 Crash Test with unanchored deployment on hard surfaces.

Rapid Deployment

Anyplace, anywhere. Our barriers provide unmatched stopping power with drop & stop convenience. No heavy equipment required. Portable design allows for quick response to changing threat levels or the need for emergency vehicle entry.

Lifetime Guarantee

Unlike fixed bollards, our barriers are non-lethal to the driver and minimize shrapnel spray. Maintenance free (requires no electricity or hydraulics), 100% Reusable and we offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE.

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Event Protection

Our products have been utilized in high profile public events like the Grammy Awards, sports venues, Ports of Long Beach, Shell Motiva Oil & Gas Refinery as well as military uses from Fort Wainwright, Alaska to Kandahar Air Force Base.

Accessories

Meridian Arrestor Cables™

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Meridian Arrestor Cables™ use technology from aircraft carriers to absorb the kinetic energy of a moving vehicle and pull the barriers into play for vehicle mitigation without loss of life. They are attached to barriers in 3 or 8-foot segments and can be up to 3-ply across a barrier span (3 cables strung between two barriers). The 8-foot cables are designed to be detached to allow emergency vehicle entry if required.

Archer™ Ballistic Shield

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A ballistically rated extension that provides additional security from ordinance and shrapnel. Attaches to the Archer 750 and Archer 1000 Barrier Systems. The two bolt connection interface allows the shield to be installed in minutes.

Archer™ Barrier Brace

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This component may be added to the Archer 750 and Archer 1000 to provide additional stopping power for trucks and heavy duty vehicles. The brace is quickly installed with one bolt.

Tow Bar

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A reciprocal handled, levered towing tool with variable height adjustment and two point, rapid connection interface. The tow bar easy grip handles allows on or two person teams to easily position the barriers in place.

Barrier Jack

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A high strength steel lever that allows the Archer 500, 750 and 1000 barrier wheels to easily be engaged or disengaged.

Semi-pneumatic Wheels

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Rugged, all-terrain semi-pneumatic wheel replacements for the Archer 500, 750 and 1000 barriers.

Installation Components

Earth Anchors

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Meridian’s specialized helical pier earth anchors are easily installed with a small Bobcat, Easy Auger II or other common hydraulic equipment. The design of the anchors minimizes soil disturbance during the vibration-free installation. The anchors are self-screwing and install in any weather condition with no excavation or spoils to remove.

The Meridian Advantage

Meridian’s Archer™ 1000 and 1200 Barriers are perfect solutions for:

  • Event security
  • Site construction
  • CFATS compliance
  • Maintenance support for fixed systems
  • Highway and facility construction
  • Building and facility protection
  • Perimeters and entry ways that change on a regular basis
  • Locations without electric service
  • Extreme temperature and weather conditions
  • Locations without heavy equipment to install heavy or cumbersome temporary systems

Source: betterbarriers.com

Call AML Risk Management now on 03 9326 2244 or use our contact us page here to order the Meridian Portable Crash Barrier Systems.

Planning, Prevention, Protection

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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cropped-profile-pic.pngFor further information about Crash Barriers please call AML on 03-9326-2244 or leave your contact details here to be contacted by one of our staff.

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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 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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Real safety with peace of mind. Deploy crash barriers.

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At AML we believe there is a very strong argument to also deploy crash barriers at major events and pedestrian only locations such as shopping malls and transport hubs. The current bollards placed by the city of Melbourne and the city of Sydney are deemed deterrents and do offer some degree of safety. Please refer to our previous blogs on crash barriers for further information…

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Melbourne City Council has arranged 206 blocks in the past month

Melbourne’s anti-terror bollards ‘may not stop attack’

Security and counter-terrorism experts have warned that hundreds of cement blocks placed across Melbourne could be all but useless in a terrorist attack, calling for more effective measures to be ­implemented urgently.

As Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday attacked criticism of the temporary bollards, questions emerged about the placement of the blocks and whether they could stop a terrorist intent on mowing people down by using a car or truck.

Bollards and barriers have been placed in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide following last year’s ­attack in Nice and the January incident on Bourke Street in Melbourne, with most city councils installing temporary barriers while investi­gating more attractive permanent measures such as reinforced planter boxes.

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Melbourne City Council has arranged 206 blocks in the past month at sites including Federation Square, Bourke Street Mall, Southern Cross Station and Southbank, but in some places a car could still hit pedestrian areas.

Counter-terrorism lecturer and former Australian Federal Police officer Mark Briskey said replacing the blocks needed to be a top priority as it was a “reasonable assumption” that Australia would see more vehicular attacks.

“If people don’t move on with their security from this and look at best practice and how other people have done it, whether it’s in London or Israel, there are going to be big problems,” he said. “(The blocks) certainly offer some sort of psychological salve to ­people, but that’s not to say people can’t get around these things.”

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“(The blocks) certainly offer some sort of psychological salve to ­people”

Mr Andrews yesterday rejected questions about the placement as “irresponsible and wrong”, saying the blocks were “exactly where they need” to be, based on advice from Victoria Police.

A city council spokeswoman confirmed the arrangement of bollards had been finalised and endorsed by Victoria Police. She said several factors were considered, including the need for emergency vehicles to access the areas, at low speed.

Bollards at access points to ­Adelaide’s Rundle Mall are retractable, with emergency vehicles able to access the mall through PIN codes and swipe cards.

Australian National Univer­sity counter-terrorism professor Clive Williams said the effectiveness of cement-block barrier systems depended on their weight, spacing, and whether they were anchored. “The attractiveness … is they can be put in place cheaply and used for a temporary purpose, such as to protect a mass gathering or parade,” he said.

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“They are a good deterrent … because they look formidable.”

Another security expert, who asked not to be identified, was concerned the blocks would not stop a vehicle and called for their urgent replacement.

Twenty concrete barriers were placed this month at Sydney’s Martin Place near the site of the Lindt cafe siege in 2014.

A city spokeswoman said the NSW Police Counter Terrorism Command had recommended the barricades, which would be replaced with permanent measures.

Source: theaustralian.com.au

Updated Crash Barrier Report – Crash Barriers or Concrete Bollards?

Over the last few weeks there has been much discussion as to the usefulness or otherwise of ‘Bollards’, the description given to the large concrete blocks placed strategically around landmark locations and transport hubs in Australia’s Capital Cities. In the media, on Facebook and in the street, people all have an opinion.

At AML Risk Management, our interest is in providing the best options to safeguard the public from potential harm. This harm so far has specifically come from people who have demonstrated mental health issues. The key requirement, in terms of public space is stop persons using vehicles in a reckless and dangerous manner. It is not about a ‘policy decision’. It is about safety measures and safeguards for the public when exposed in vulnerable positions.

Here is a further report on the highest level vehicle mitigation barriers now available through AML Risk Management from the Meridian Group.

Archer Drop & Stop Vehicle Barriers Top US and European Crash Test Standards

Archer 1200 Receives PAS 68 Certification Becoming the Only Portable Barrier to Meet Anti-Terrorism Specifications

Pasadena, CA (July 6, 2017) – Meridian Rapid Defence Group (MRDG) announced that the Archer 1200 vehicle mitigation barrier has just received a passing certification on the European Publicly Available Specifications security standard known as the PAS 68. The barriers successfully stopped a 1500 kg vehicle travelling 48 kph becoming the only portable barrier to do so.

The Archer 1200 barriers already meet U.S. Department of Defence and Department of Homeland Security guidelines and have demonstrated the ability to stop a malicious vehicle in fewer than 10 feet. The products have Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) certification and have been independently tested by engineering consultants at KPFF and Karco.

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“Adding the European testing standard to the resume for the Archer 1200 is an important step for us in providing a rapid response security solution to countries in need,” said MRDG Founder and CEO Peter Whitford. “The U.S. has been very proactive in adding portable vehicle mitigation to sports venues, city centres and government buildings. We know that credentials that match their specifications will allow us to show their superiority over current marketplace options.”

Archer 1200 Barriers are portable, modular and require no electricity, hydraulics or maintenance. They are non-lethal and completely reusable after impact. With a HaulsAllTM jack, they are single-person deployable and easily moved to allow emergency vehicle access or to react to a changing developing need.

“When an attack happens, one of the first things to go in the area is power,” adds Mr. Whitford. “First responders can’t be held at bay with failed security systems. Speed is always the most critical element.”

Archer 1200 Barriers were recently employed in the city centre of New Orleans for the Mardi Gras parade. Painted a festive canary yellow, the barriers allowed free pedestrian flow through the streets while providing a solid perimeter to unwanted vehicles. The barriers are made of ballistic-rated steel for armour piercing NATO rounds up to .50 cal. ball rounds. This feature was required for deployment in Los Angeles for the 55th GRAMMY Awards as law enforcement was on heightened alert during the manhunt for rogue police officer Christopher Dorner.

MRDG products are also deployed at U.S. military installations including Fort Wainwright, Alaska and Kandahar Air Force Base; the ports of Long Beach and San Diego, Shell Motiva Oil & Gas Refinery and with the California Water Board.

AML Risk Management use Meridian Rapid Defence Group equipment.

MRDG is headquartered in Pasadena, CA and operates in the U.S., Europe, Asia and now Australia as perimeter security specialists. MRDG develops anti-vehicle barrier systems that are engineered for speed of deployment. The flexibility of the system allows tactical or military forces to quickly secure politically, economically or environmentally important sites for short and long durations. Their product line is focused on anchored and unanchored portable vehicle mitigation barriers as well as the supporting elements that ensure a fast and effective deployment.

These units are designed and purpose built. They are portable and reusable. And in our opinion at AML Risk Management they represent common sense.

Provide protection, prevention and preparation. The solutions are already available.

 

Bollards, Barriers or Both?

Currently the Federal and State Governments, along with appropriate City Councils (such as Melbourne and Sydney City Councils) have installed strategically, a series of large concrete bollards throughout each city. As well these same bollards have been installed near vulnerable infrastructure such as Sporting Arenas and Transport Hubs.

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It would appear that the main purpose of the bollards is to present a deterrent to any person attempting to drive through designated Pedestrian precincts. It has also been noted that these bollards, temporary as they are, can be moved up to 40m when impacted by a vehicle, as reported in the Herald Sun and The Age newspapers

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AML Risk Management understands that the authorities are preparing permanent vehicle impediments for such vulnerable positions. An associate of ours managed the outdoor displays featured in the Bourke St Mall for over 8 years. It is without question a sensible strategy. During that period there were 8 metre by 20 meter display units placed at the head of the Mall on Swanston St and Elisabeth St. Similarly there were large potted trees and floral units strategically placed. These units would have certainly restricted the driver who ploughed through the mall, but because of the nature of the mall and its functionality it would not have completely stopped him.

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The tram tracks and its vehicles cause the open central section to remain unprotected so once a vehicle gains access it can still be a menace with low levels of control available. Trucks still do morning deliveries and require access at this stage to the mall.

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AML Risk Management can now offer a solution for major gatherings and vulnerable infrastructure. A full range of effective tested and proven barriers is now available from our supplier; Meridian Rapid Defence Group. The units have been deployed successfully both in similar situations in US cities as well as in areas of conflict such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

For your interest we provide you the link on the Meridian Barrier Kits here. As you can see these units are far better designed with impact ratings, inbuilt portability and a proven track record of protection at the highest levels of alert.

AML is positioned now to deploy these units at short notice where required. The question is not ‘will such an attack happen?’, it’s ‘when will it happen?’. Sadly the proponents of ISIS have already indicated that Australia is a target. From our position at AML, it is better to be prepared, protected and aware. Your personal security is our business and our concern.