The frequency of vehicle ramming attacks has increased dramatically. This terroristic attack needs little planning – but yields great devastation and casualties.
According to an article by Mike Ventier, risk mitigation by law enforcement and the security communities must now consider “large gathering places, heavily used pedestrian pathways, sporting and cultural events, and diverse populations as key characteristics for these attacks.”
Hardening of these soft targets with the use of barriers and bollards, for instance, should be accompanied by preparedness training, and teaching the public to avoid “blind, reactionary panic.”
The industry must rise to this challenge, especially where our institutes of higher learning and social gatherings are concerned.