Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

As another year passes, we continue to proceed on with events under the threat of terror attacks against mass gatherings. We are all fully aware that in past few years it has become part of the terror threat to use vehicles to cause as much damage as possible at an event or on the streets of our countries. This weeks content of the week will look at what has developed over the past few years in the way of protecting pop up events and established places of entertainment.


Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

Vehicle-borne threats range from vandalism to sophisticated or aggressive attack by determined criminals or terrorists. The mobility and payload capacity of a vehicle offers a convenient delivery mechanism for a large explosive device, although the vehicle itself may be used as a weapon. This section contains guidance that will help practitioners determine the vehicle-borne threat, assess site strengths and vulnerabilities, and identify suitable options for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) measures. (crown copyright 2018)


Commonwealth of Australia 2017


This publication provides an overview of hostile vehicle mitigation to all owners and operators responsible for the management of crowded places.

It offers insight into how protective measures can be integrated into public and private places in order to mitigate and reduce the impact of vehicles being used as weapons………………….

Protecting Crowded Places: Design and Technical Issues – January 2012

Crown Copyright 2012

TheUKfacesasigni cantthreatfrom international terrorism.The current assessed threat level to the UK can be found on the MI5 website1 where more information can also be found on what threat levels mean, who decides the level of threat and how the threat level system is used. Whilst there have been attacks against well protected targets around the world, experience shows that crowded places remain an attractive target for terrorists who have demonstrated that they are likely to target places which are easily accessible, regularly available and which offer the prospect for an impact beyond the loss of life alone (for example, serious disruption or a particular economic/political impact).



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This publication provides an overview of hostile vehicle management in risk situations and is useful to all owners and operators responsible for management of public spaces and buildings.

It offers insight into how protective measures can be integrated into public and private spaces in order to mitigate and/or reduce the impact of vehicles being used as weapons.

In creating this document, we aim to provide those responsible for the management of public spaces and buildings with knowledge to inform security design considerations and decisions. It is not a policy document, nor is it intended to be comprehensive. Rather, it is a starting and referral point for positive and aesthetically complementary designs that help protect public spaces and buildings from hostile vehicles.

Bollards and Pedestrian Movement

Produced by the Department for Transport in collaboration with CPNI


When considering the installation of bollards in
the public realm, designers should take a holistic approach to ensure an appropriate level of physical protection is provided whilst minimising any negative impact on pedestrian movement.

To meet security requirements, bollards must be positioned to maximise blast stand-off distance, and spaced at a maximum air gap (between bollards)
of 1,200mm. Additional considerations include meeting objectives for health and safety, site operation, cost and aesthetics.

The Influence of Bollards on Pedestrian Evacuation Flow

Crown copyright 2017.


Bollards are a common design of Vehicle Security Barrier (VSB) surrounding crowded spaces, in particular busy rail and underground stations, airports and many key commercial and public buildings. This approach reduces the vehicle-borne threat to both people (from a vehicle as a weapon attack) and buildings (from a vehicle delivering a large explosive device) by enforcing stand-off. Guidance on Guidance on the general implementation of bollards as a VSB around busy buildings, highlighting the general arrangements and considerations for designers, is available in Traf c Advisory Lea et (TAL) 02/13 Bollards and Pedestrian Movement

Guide to Active Vehicle Barrier (AVB) Specification and Selection Resources


This resource guide is intended to provide information to help engineers, policy makers, security managers, intelligence analysts, and other security professionals successfully determine Active Vehicle Barrier (AVB) specifications and select appropriate AVB models for a particular site requiring restricted access. The document presents an overview of AVB specification- and selection-related processes. It also provides an accompanying set of helpful resources, tools, and recommended practices gathered from the field to help professionals select AVB models that meet the desired specifications.

AVB specification refers to the determination of selection criteria for an AVB at a specific site. AVB selection refers to the identification of the best technology(s) to meet required specifications, when balanced against cost and additional selection considerations…..


News Article

Who, What, Why: What exactly is the UK’s National Barrier Asset

BBC News – 30 June 2015

UK Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has said the “National Barrier Asset” will be deployed to the French end of the Eurotunnel to prevent illegal immigration. What is the “asset”?

The National Barrier Asset (NBA) is a collection of temporary security barriers established in 2004 to provide police with the ability “to protect high profile locations or temporary events, such as party political conferences, from vehicle borne suicide attacks”. It has since been used for everything from Nato summits to the London Olympics.

Hostile vehicle mitigation – putting the brakes on crowd attacks after Nice

Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk, weighs-up the challenges of crowded space protection in light of the ongoing terrorist threat and recent events in Nice, France.

Nice has once again brought into sharp relief the clear and present danger that terrorists pose to large crowds of people at major events, especially in our towns and cities. Given this stark reality now is an opportune moment to take a closer look at how the modus operandi of the terrorists is changing – with trucks potential weapons – and what physical security measures, can, potentially, be employed to stop attacks in the first place or at least mitigate their impact…………….

Barriers to Provide Extra Security at Turf Moor – 17 November 2017

Supporters attending Saturday’s Premier League game against Swansea City are advised of a new security measure outside Turf Moor.

A series of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers will be installed ahead of and immediately after the match, at either end of Harry Potts Way……………

An event organiser’s guide to Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

The increasing frequency of terror attacks in the UK and Europe has given prominence to two chilling themes – attacks on crowds using speeding vehicles and the targeting of public events. When vehicle borne attacks have been mounted on crowded public events, such as the Bastille Day gathering in Nice and the Berlin Christmas Markets in Germany – the results have been felt around the world.

In the UK, the combination of the vehicle attack on Westminster Bridge and the bombing at Manchester Arena have led to the general public becoming increasingly hesitant about attending events that they would never have thought twice about going to previously.

Event organisers can counteract this by setting in place security measures that keep individuals safe – and keep crowds safe. The former is achieved by the provision of well-trained security staff. The latter is achieved by installing temporary engineered barriers to reinforce the event perimeter and prevent vehicle attack.

To help event organisers to meet this new and evolving challenge, we have pulled together a guide to providing Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) for events that takes you through planning, evaluation and specification stages.


The importance of effective events security

With British Summer time set to be filled with an array of music festivals, sporting meets and community events, there has never been a more important time to stress the vital role that security products and personnel play in keeping these events secure. James Kelly looks at some of the important considerations of event security

‘Talon’ spikes introduced in London to halt vehicle terror attacks 11 September 2017

Nets can stop lorries weighing up to 17 tonnes by puncturing wheels

Anti-Terror barriers to be installed in Edinburgh over Christmas 21 September 2017

New anti-terror barriers are set to be installed in Edinburgh city centre for up to seven weeks over the festive season due to the vast numbers of visitors expected to flood in for its Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations.

It happened quickly, just over 24 hours after the atrocious attack at London Bridge.

The barriers appeared overnight and now a number of bridges in London have what the Metropolitan Police is calling “increased security measures”.

Heavy-duty barriers are an inelegant – even dangerous – response to the Christmas market terror threat November 10, 2017

Last year, Berlin experienced a shocking terrorist attack that left 12 people dead and a further 48 injured after a lorry mounted the pavement and drove into a number of Christmas market stalls.

This was one of the first terror attacks to use a vehicle as the primary weapon of choice. Since then, similar attacks have been carried out in London, Barcelona and just recently, in New York.

Cyclists complain Blackfriars Bridge security barriers causing ‘chaos’ in wake of London attack 8 June 2017

Cyclists have complained of “chaos” after barriers were installed on Blackfriars Bridge to protect pedestrians from car ramming following two London terror attacks.

The congestion caused by the barriers was described as “dangerous” on social media as campaigners spoke of “serious safety concerns” amid increased security measures across the capital.


The inclusion of any product on this list are not endorsed by working with crowds. The are nearly to allow you to gain a better understanding of the products not he market to allow you to conduct your own research. We are only featuring items that may be suitable for temporary event spaces.

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation with High-Security Concrete Barriers

We specialise in the development and deployment of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation systems (HVM).  With both rapid deployment HVM and planned event protection our teams can assist with your project.

Concrete Safety Barriers

REBLOC’s temporary and permanent concrete highway barrier systems provide a comprehensive range of vehicle restraint systems all of which are Highways England approved and tested in accordance with EN-1317.

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation with High-Security Concrete Barriers

We specialise in the development and deployment of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation systems (HVM).  With both rapid deployment HVM and planned event protection our teams can assist with your project.

Management and deployment of the National Barrier Asset (NBA) is done through H2S2, these Temporary Hostile Vehicle Mitigation systems can be deployed by arranged through Hardstaff Barriers

Multibloc Concrete Barrier – PAS68

Zoneguard Plus

Zoneguard Plus Portal

Impakt Defender

Intruder Deterrent


Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Barriers

Over the past two years a vehicle has become a common weapon for inciting terror. At StadiumTM we are in charge of creating safe spaces and we want to enforce and ensure that these spaces are protected to their maximum level. Current methods of Vehicle Mitigation are costly both in time and money, hinder pedestrian flow and can be restricting. So we decided to source the best solutions using our expertise in crowd and traffic management and incorporate the solution into our offering.

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation Perimeter Protection Systems

From airports to supermarkets and Olympic events to Royal Jubilee celebrations, there are perimeters and valuable national assets that are vulnerable
to attack by terrorists and criminals whose main objective is to bene t from injury and chaos.

Providing effective and economic solutions for both temporary and permanent applications has prompted Highway Care Security Solutions [HC SS] to develop new and innovative solutions for HVM provision. By working with leading UK and international manufacturers, we are able to offer comprehensive and fully integrated solutions, giving speci ers and end users the option of exible, scalable systems which in most cases, can be easily upgraded should the assessed risk level escalate.



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