Emerging Trends in Security: Hostile Vehicle Mitigation
Common Examples of HVM
Temporary Vertical Concrete Barriers
Temporary Vertical Concrete Barriers (TVCB) are large blocks of concrete that are often used as temporary safety barriers. They have many uses, such as:
- Creating a safe working area for a workforce
- Providing flood defences
- Protecting pedestrians from traffic
- Preventing unauthorised access to car parks/fields
TVCBs are often seen on motorways, and can also be used on a more permanent basis.
Automatic bollards can be used to help protect commercial and residential premises, and typically used in locations where a gate or barrier system is impractical or environmentally preferred. The bollards can be controlled remotely to ensure full control.
Mount blockers are blockers that can be raised from the ground quickly for security purposes but quickly lowered to allow access to authorised vehicles. They’re designed safely to ensure that arm and leg injury by moving parts is not possible. Typically, mount blockers are seen at vehicle access points at high security premises such as power stations, government locations and airports.
How do I reduce the vulnerability of my site and mitigate vehicle-borne threats?
The inclusion of a method of HVM, such as those already discussed, can help to make sites safer and less likely to be attacked via a vehicle-borne threat. Here are some other options that can be incorporated into the design of a robust HVM strategy:
- Determine the aims of your HVM strategy and how it will integrate with your other security measures
- Traffic calming is a good method to limit vehicle approach speeds to a manageable level
- Vehicle Security Barriers (VSB) provide proven vehicle impact protection and maintain blast stand-off
- Traffic management – when and how legitimate traffic will access the site
- Vehicle access control – limit the amount of vehicles that can enter the site and manage the procedures they must go through in order to gain access
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