The Trend Towards Attacks in Crowded Places
Safety in our communities has never been more important with an unfortunate trend over recent times towards terrorist attacks in crowded public places.
First marked on a global scale by 9/11 terrorist attack in the US, and since then a growth in the number and types of attacks. More recently in our part of the world more single assailant style attacks have been experienced with a number in Melbourne and most recently the Christchurch attack, with terrorism and other motives.
Targets have been crowded places such as Melbourne CBD and places of worship such as the Mosque in Christchurch. Overseas other community places, such as schools, have been targeted. Considering the risks and how to make communities safer is now a must for government, communities and organisations such as schools. Fortunately, the Australian government is responding in terms of policy, and funding with the Safer Communities Fund.
Mifram interview on Worldwide Business
How Does Australia Stack Up Globally?
There are communities in some parts of the world who have had to live with threats to the civilian population for some time, such as Israel. With a long history of having to manage the risk of attack, particularly around places of worship, Mifram Security has an extensive background. Since its establishment in 1950 in Israel, Mifram has been a leader in the development and provision of comprehensive security solutions in Israel and globally. The CEO & President Mr. Amos Klien is uniquely qualified, with extensive experience and background to be able to comment on the risks and protection. This recent interview with Mr Klien provides some insight to the risks Australia is facing, with some of the key quotes as follows.
Mifram “started with kindergarten’s, safe rooms in kindergartens, safe rooms in schools…. protecting from shooters”
“providing security for the Olympics”
“providing security for the Commonwealth Games”
“providing security for holy places including temples, churches and synagogues”
“barriers that protect” “stop ramming vehicles”
“Most of the Mifram equipment by DNA should be mobile, should be lightweight, should be easy to deploy, should be zero maintenance and should be long lasting”
Funding Available To Help Protect Our Communities
In our part of the world the government is starting to do more. Both in terms of policy, with the ANZCTC (Australia and New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee) developing a Protecting Crowded Places Strategy, including Hostile Vehicle Guidelines. To learn more about the guidelines and hostile vehicle mitigation see our recent article here.
Supporting also with grant funding, the Australian Commonwealth Government has developed the Safer Communities Fund. Several rounds of funding have already been provided and the recently completed round 3 – Provided local councils and community organisations with grants of up to $1 million for security infrastructure activities to address crime and anti-social behaviour in public or community spaces
With the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing additional funding following the Christchurch attack. Round 4 is now open, providing schools and pre-schools, community organisations and local councils with grants of up to $1.5 million for security infrastructure and engagement activities to protect children in the community who are at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.
The opportunity is now open religious schools, places of religious worship and religious assembly which will receive priority for round 4 grant funding with applications closing 4 April.
Innovative products, experience and knowledge puts Mifram in a unique position to help protect. And PBA as Mifram’s representatives in Australia stand ready to help Australia build safer communities.
Le Cannet School Israel
Museum Cannet Israel