ANZCTC Australia’s Strategy For Protecting Crowded Places From Terrorism
Australia's Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places From Terrorism.
CROWDED places such as stadiums, shopping centres, pedestrian malls, and major events will continue to be attractive targets for terrorists. The current National Terrorism Threat Level in Australia is PROBABLE (Figure 1), as outlined on www.nationalsecurity.gov.au
This reflects the advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) that individuals and groups continue to possess the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia. The elevated terrorist threat is likely to persist for the foreseeable future and it is not confined to any one city or metropolitan area.
Attacks on crowded places – including the Sari Club Bali bombing, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Westgate Nairobi attack, the Paris and the Bataclan Theatre attacks, the Kenya University attack, the Bardo Museum attack, the Sousse beach attacks, the Bastille Day Parade attack in Nice, the Berlin Christmas Market truck attack, the Lahore Playground bombing, London Bridge and Borough Market attacks, Manchester Arena bombing, the Bourke St Mall attack in Melbourne in 2017, the Lahore Ahmadiyya mosque massacres, mosque attacks in Pakistan, Canada and Christchurch in New Zealand, multiple church attacks in France, Egypt and the USA, and countless other incidents globally – demonstrate how basic weapons; including vehicles, knives, and firearms; can be used by terrorists to devastating effect.
The whitepaper (linked below) outlines Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places From Terrorism – importantly, this strategy requires the active input of building owners and business operators, who bear ultimate responsibility for implementing its recommendations.