Time for Real Protection – Real Safety – Real Surety

At AML Risk Management we consider the immediacy of risk. Government agencies such as the Police, ASIO and Defence Forces are assigned the role of providing accurate intelligence on potential threats and then acting appropriately. In Australia to date these agencies have demonstrated a very good record in both intelligence and in curtailing potentially disastrous activity by dissidents of all persuasions. At AML we see our role as the failsafe solution. Should parties with malicious or aggressive motives manage to bypass the authorities, AML can provide the equipment and expertise to both negate and neutralise such threats posed by these groups and individuals.

Many observers look at events such as the AFL football finals, the Spring Racing Carnival, the Moto Grand Prix at Phillip Island, the Melbourne Marathon and other major events as being likely targets for terrorist activity. From a publicity perspective, yes these events are the most attractive to groups such as ISIS. However from a logistical perspective, these are very difficult events for would be terrorists. All have very high security presence, multiple camera CCTV and a high Police presence. Bag searches, wanding and surveillance make large one off events very difficult targets.

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Consider pedestrian shopping malls, transport hubs and recreational locations. These areas are exposed. Any type of vehicle can cause very serious injury in the space of a few moments.

Consider what happened in Europe this summer. In Britain, small vans mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge with the occupants leaping out and randomly stabbing people. The Manchester bombing was at a theatre and the detonation was timed to cause maximum damage.

In Nice, and in Berlin, trucks were driven into festive crowds. The perpetrators deliberately pick what are largely uncontrolled inattentive crowds, in relatively easily accessed public spaces. This was again recently crudely and clumsily replicated in Spain.

Two things can alleviate such danger. Firstly a combination of fixed and permanent bollards with Crash Barriers installed specifically for the nominated events can almost totally negate any vehicular traffic other than authorised emergency and Police vehicles.

AML Risk Management supply and deploy a range of crash barriers. These units are designed to stop a vehicle moving at speed. Here is a video demonstrating how the unit works…

Secondly the AML team provide the most modern, up to date explosive detection devices available here in Australia. The devices are compact, portable and extremely accurate, with trained personnel operating the equipment.

Most importantly, the devices are mobile so there is no ‘checking station’. Should any suspicious package be found, AML have equipment and protocols that will ensure the effectiveness of any explosive device is minimised by 90%.

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Too many people focus on where the possible protagonists come from. Quite frankly it’s irrelevant after an attack is activated, and in 80% of cases so far, the bombers and terrorists are actually young misguided ‘home grown’ young men targeted by extremists from outside of to their local communities.

AML Risk Management take a common sense pragmatic approach to public safety and security. When contracted to do so it is our job to ensure the safety of families, of innocent people, innocent lives. If you would like to find out more please visit our website here or call us on 03 9326 2244.

Prepare, protect and provide a safe comfortable environment for the public.

AML Risk Management – The right choice.

 

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