A Guide to Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

Keeping the general public safe is a mounting challenge in times when terrorists have begun using vehicles to cause mass harm.

Factor in the use of vehicles being used in ram raids and other types of crime as well as the risk posed by drivers that fall asleep at the wheel and it becomes clear just how difficult it is to provide steadfast security.

Below we have pulled together what we hope is an informative guide to what those in the perimeter security industry term as Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM).

What is Hostile Vehicle Mitigation?

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) is a strategically designed perimeter security installation that aims to stop vehicles from harming people or property by ensuring access is blocked by physical barriers such as concrete blocks and bollards.

The term is heavily associated with counter terror prevention, anti-crime measures as well as the more everyday general safety aim of keeping pedestrians and vehicles separate.

Most HVM installations will be installed in and around busy pedestrian areas or around the perimeter of buildings that experience significant footfall i.e. airports, train stations, hospitals or national landmarks.

 Stopping terrorist vehicle attacks

 Following the recent spate of terrorist vehicle attacks, a lot of emphasis has been placed on stepping up human security measures, such as increased police presence, or the introduction of armed officers.

 However when it comes to increasing security against vehicle borne threats, even the very best trained human beings cannot act as a barrier.

Concrete and steel are physical, resistant materials that cannot be harmed. Their natural properties make them ideal when it comes to stopping, deterring or slowing down vehicles. This makes it more important than ever before to install fixed ground perimeter security solutions in high-risk areas.

How best can you tackle the threat? Investing in effective and robust counter-terror street furniture can provide the protection the public needs and help to mitigate the threat of a terrorist attack.