The fabric of society is intertwined with large gatherings of people and the crowded, often public, places they come together in. The Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) officially classifies popular social destinations such as shopping centers, sports stadia, bars, pubs and clubs as “crowded places” – all of these being easily accessible and where members of the public can be guaranteed to congregate.
Sadly, the reality is that crowded places can be vulnerable. They remain principal targets for terrorists, with attacks such as Bastille Day in Nice, France, Breitscheidplatz in Berlin and Westminster Bridge, London perpetrated with the intention of causing mass casualties.
Crowded places are fundamental to healthy societies and where much of daily life plays out. So, when protecting crowded places, a balance must be struck between effectiveness and intrusiveness, so as to avoid creating what’s known as a “fortress mentality”. With 55% of the world’s population living in urban areas, it’s essential that crowded places are a high priority when taking measures to protect the public from threats such as terrorism.
A survey commissioned within HS Security found that 41% of participants admitted that overcrowding is their biggest concern when it comes to events taking place in their local area. 39% had significant worries about security and 29% would avoid a public event due to concerns about low levels of security.
Unlike critical national infrastructure, the protection of crowded places may not always be a fixed asset. This is especially true if crowding is sporadic, seasonal or temporary. Security measures that protect people in crowded places must fulfil the below criteria, so as to safeguard without risk or fear and ensure that spaces remain operational.
Whether placed as a temporary or a permanent security solution, HS Security assesses a client’s objective and provides the best security solution for crowded places on an individual basis.
A perimeter protection measure excluding vehicles but allowing pedestrian flow. Available to suit a variety of security profiles, colours, finishes and design requirements.
Can be integrated with a variety of access control methods allowing authorised vehicles in and out of restricted areas, including high security access points.
Guarantee a strong, resilient perimeter and secure sites from unauthorised access. Available as gates, turnstiles, road blockers or bollards and implemented to maintain the smooth running of site operations.
For larger entrances; areas which only transact vehicles not pedestrians and for the highest security applications; vehicle barrier systems provide wide span, certifed access control measures. Hydraulically operated and integrated with any access control measure required; systems must be CE Mark compliant (BS EN ISO 13849:2015) - safety and machinery iniatitive.
Keep assets secure when they undergo construction or change of use. Fixed in concrete block base panels and quick to deploy, isolate pedestrians and vehicles from a perimeter even on short deadlines.
Secure Critical National infrastructure and protect people in crowds. Temporary, surface-mounted and able to be integrated with other access barriers, ensure pedestrian flow is safe, quick and unhindered.
Protect people and assets with certified access control that can be branded or adverted on. Temporary, surface-mounted and able to be integrated with other access barriers for smooth, fast pedestrian flow.
Provide a high-visibility pedestrian access point through temporary security barriers. Ensure that people move quickly and clearly through crowded places while being protected from hostile vehicle threat.
Secure a temporary perimeter with one person and without lifting machinery. Lightweight, rapidly deployed and available in modular units, this system is ideal for short-term and lower-risk events or sites.
Protect people and assets during temporary events with challenging topography. Overcomes cambers, raised kerbs and central reserves and provides excellent pedestrian and emergency vehicle access via reinforced access points.