When to undertake a hostile vehicle mitigation risk assessment
Hostile vehicle mitigation barriers are not a one-size-fits-all solution and it is always important to deploy appropriate and proportionate HVM. This includes considering the type of HVM, the required HVM configuration and the locations that need to be protected.
A hostile vehicle mitigation risk assessment should be the starting point for making the right choice of HVM barriers. At Crowdguard, our experienced team carry out threat, vulnerability and risk assessments (TVRA), which include a vehicle dynamics assessment (VDA), to provide a full understanding of hostile vehicle mitigation risk. Based on this risk assessment, we can advise you on an appropriate and proportionate mix of HVM systems, including the recommended locations and configuration, taking into account your operational requirements and your budget. We can also advise you on alternative HVM barriers, if, for example, our initial recommendations exceed your budget, ensuring we alert you to any residual risk this may entail.
What is hostile vehicle mitigation?
Hostile vehicle mitigation systems – also known as HVM barriers – are used to protect people and assets from vehicle as a weapon attacks and vehicle incursions.
Using vehicles as a weapon has become an increasingly common terrorist tactic around the world and a wide variety of hostile vehicle mitigation systems have been developed in response to this threat. Alongside HVM bollards and HVM barriers, hostile vehicle mitigation systems can be installed as planters or street furniture to blend in with their environment and provide effective HVM protection to prevent vehicles from inflicting harm.
Specification and deployment of hostile vehicle mitigation should be appropriate to the threat and vulnerability of the specific event or location, and proportionate to the identified risk. It is important to seek advice from professionals in counter terrorism and risk mitigation to ensure a tested and certified HVM solution is correctly specified and installed aligned to your risk, operational requirements and budget.
Take a look at the excellent video below from the National Protective Security Authority (NPSA), which shows how HVM protects people and places.
What types of hostile vehicle mitigation systems are there?
There are many different options for your hostile vehicle mitigation barriers, and often a number of different systems are deployed in a single security installation.
One of the key factors to consider is whether you need temporary HVM, a semi-permanent hostile vehicle mitigation system or permanent HVM protection.
Three steps to choosing the right hostile vehicle mitigation for you
1. Understand your risk – every HVM or perimeter protection selection process should begin with a risk assessment. A threat, vulnerability and risk assessment should include a vehicle dynamics analysis.
2. Be clear about your operational requirements – you need to consider the practical implications of your security choices. For example, think about whether you need the HVM to be pedestrian permeable. Does it need to be installed and de-rigged within a tight time.
3. Plan security into your budget – HVM should never be a last minute scramble to find the extra cash you need for robust security, but should be factored into your cost planning as early as possible.
Trust a specialist
At Crowdguard, we are specialists in providing a turnkey approach to hostile vehicle mitigation. Our expertise and partnerships the leading manufacturers of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent HVM systems means that you can trust us to propose the right hostile vehicle mitigation solution, based on the assessed threat, operational requirements and budgets of each individual location. The ethos behind Crowdguard is to ensure that any overall solution deployed is appropriate, proportionate and fit for purpose.
We always adhere to the principles of JASPAR where possible:
It is important to understand that hostile vehicle mitigation is just one part of a counter terrorism plan, and any use of HVM barriers will provide a window of time for the authorities to enact their plan.
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