Protecting a Building from Bomb Attacks: 3 Top Tips
If you are in charge of a public building, a bomb attack is a constant threat. The National Terrorism Threat level in Australian is 'probable', meaning that terrorists have the intent and the capability to conduct terrorist attacks on Australian soil. Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your building from the risk of a bomb attack. Read on to find out more.
Consider changing the physical layout of the building
Unfortunately, very few buildings are designed with bomb attacks in mind. This means that the layout of many buildings does not include any physical security measures. For example, you may wish to install bollards which will prevent a car bomb from being driven into the building. You should also think about any areas of the building which are difficult to see due to the layout of the floor. If a terrorist wishes to leave a bomb somewhere, they are likely to look for somewhere where it will not be spotted. By remodelling the floor, you can increase the security of the building.
Consider employing bomb dogs
Bomb detection dogs are specially trained to sniff out explosives. Not only will they be able to detect an improvised explosive device, but they will also be able to smell the scent of explosive residue on anyone who has been manufacturing bombs. Having these dogs on patrol in the lobby of your building and in sensitive areas can help you to detect an explosive device before it detonates. Bomb dogs which are lead by clearly identifiable security personnel can also provide a great visual deterrent which will help to put off potential attackers.
Consider the location of the car parking area
Explosive devices can be left in parked cars. If your parking lot is located right next to the building, this can provide an easy way for a bomber to attack. One way of mitigating this risk is to relocate the parking area, so it is a few hundred metres away from the building. If this is not possible, you should consider constructing a blast wall to protect the structure from the effects of an explosion.
If you would like further information and advice about the steps you can take to protect a building and the people who work inside it, you should contact a security company today. The staff will be happy to assess your current security arrangements before offering additional help.