Anti-Terrorism Spend Continues To Increase

It was reported earlier in August that Birmingham police headquarters had a plan in place for new anti-terrorism protection with a budget of £700,000.

Although news reports involving terrorism in the UK reflect a lot more arrests lately, government and police clearly still perceive a serious threat – and by the sound of it, this money is being well spent.

 

Protecting The Protectors

“Plans have been submitted to the city council for a number of stainless steel bollards… to protect the building from cars mounting the pavement,” reports Birmingham Live.

“Two new gates, located behind one another, are proposed for the car park entrance and a 7.9ft tall fence would be built on the roof facing Weaman Street to prevent intruders approaching from the nearby Lumina high-rise development.”

It was noted that the plans were not made in response to a specific threat, but are intended to make access to the building safer, and are, “A vital precautionary measure.”

Our philosophy here at Safe Journey since our launch has been to acknowledge the real threat posed by terrorism and not to live in fear, but take reasonable precautions. This attitude seems to be shared by many governments and police departments in the UK and around the world.

 

Examples of International Police Initiatives

 Australia:

Grafton police station in Australia has increased security in its car park to prevent terrorism, while Perth festival crowds and officers were “covertly protected earlier in 2018.”

Port Philip spent 270,000 Australian Dollars on anti-terrorism bollards and other measures for festivals in 2017.

 

USA

Manhattan police are set to spend around US$50 million on bollards to prevent vehicle attacks in the city.

 

US Army in Europe:

The US Army in Benelux countries has made August 2018 a terrorism awareness month, and launched a large campaign encouraging people to be on the alert.

 

Hong Kong:

A recent large-scale terrorism response drill involving more than 300 armed officers (total spend undisclosed) was held to test response times and effectiveness.

 

There are hundreds more examples, but this should give you a pretty good idea of how seriously the threat is being taken. What precautions do you take? Do you know what to do in an emergency, and does your travel insurance cover acts of terrorism?

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