The recent incidents of vehicle-ramming attacks around the world have many people worried. These incidents from the past nine months have killed over 100 people and injured nearly 300.
- Bastille Day in Nice, France (July, 2016)
- Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany (December, 2016)
- Westminster Bridge and Palace of Westminster in London, England (March, 2017)
Using a car as a means of attack is not really a new trend in terror – attackers have long used cars by driving a vehicle with a bomb into a target area, hiding a bomb in a target’s vehicle, and using a vehicle as a battering ram. With that said, the recent spate of this type of attack is certainly perturbing.
One thing that facilities can do to protect their people is installing bollards. Bollards made of steel and placed at strategic location can go a long way towards protecting pedestrians from being hit by a vehicle, whether the driver is out to cause damage or is simply driving carelessly (i.e., premeditated attacks or simple accidents).
We have assessed many facilities that leave themselves completely open to vehicle-ramming attacks. Lack of fences, gates, visitor management, and bollards leave countless facilities without security measures against serious injury to pedestrians from vehicles. Bollards are a relatively inexpensive way to improve safety and keep your people (whether employees, students, visitors, or customers) protected.
(Also, while regularly unreported in the news here in the United States, vehicle-ramming attacks are somewhat common in Israel.)