Protecting Your Business from Hostile Vehicle Attacks

With the threat of terrorism incidents rising globally, it’s becoming clearer that more consideration needs to be given to the importance of perimeter security around buildings, airports, arenas and environments where large members of the public gather.

With our recent acquisition of Sentry Posts, we have seen an increase in demand from businesses throughout Ireland that want to protect their premises from the threat of attack, but this is something that is also rife globally.

One of ESF’s most recent projects was supplying a range of street furniture and perimeter security products to the new Dubai Arena.

The state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venue is the largest indoor arena of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region and ESF was delighted to supply over 700 products to the project ranging from bollards, benches, tree grates and litter bins.


But how does somewhere like Dubai Arena prevent an attack?


In the case where vehicles are used as weapons, it’s important to increase the use of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) measures such as PAS 68 bollards, barriers and other blocking equipment to minimise the effects and where possible, hinder the attacker or ensure the larger objective is out of reach or harder to reach.

PAS 68 is the security industry’s benchmark for HVM equipment and is the specification by which vehicle security barriers and the supporting foundations are impact tested with a horizontal vehicle impact.

Many of ESF’s products are PAS 68 approved which means they have undergone extensive testing and have passed the criteria to be considered secure. These products are installed to PAS 69 standards, and supervised globally by ESF’s team of trained operatives.

As the inclusion of perimeter security and HVM equipment have generally not been considered in the design of existing built environments, one of the main deterrents for businesses that are considering perimeter security is the perception that installing perimeter security measures will negatively affect the look and landscape of the building, as well as the cost involved in carrying out the work retrospectively.

This doesn’t have to be case, particularly with the right products.


ESF is a supplier of a wide range of modern, functional and aesthetically pleasing products and we provide creative solutions that will be as unobtrusive as possible, at a competitive cost.  

Take for example our ultra-shallow foundation bollard, the world’s first shallow mount bollard. The ultra-shallow foundation bollard is a single unit and is available in mid depth, however we also offer a range of different diameters, with many bollards having removable options. You can find out more info here:

Of course, it’s important that all products are installed and maintained correctly in order to be effective and this is where ESF and Sentry Posts’ experience, sets us apart from the competition.

So what’s next for perimeter security?


I believe a greater focus and priority needs to be placed on perimeter security from the initial design of a building. One such change has already been implemented in Singapore with the implementation of the Infrastructure Protection Act 2017. The Act is part of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ counter-terrorism strategy to keep Singapore safe and secure by protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure and buildings that are iconic or have high public footfall. The Act states the reason for this implementation is due to these areas being especially attractive targets for terrorists.

If more measures like the Infrastructure Protection Act 2017 are introduced, there will be greater protection against attacks, which in turn could lead to a reduction or alternatively, less damage if an attack takes place.

Implementing measures to protect your business against hostile vehicle attacks is something that needs to be prioritised and ESF has the experience to assist.


To discuss installing perimeter security products at your home or business in the UK or beyond, contact us today on +44(0)28 9036 4101 or email to find out how we can help!

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