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Safer Places - a counter-terrorism supplement

Safer Places - a counter-terrorism supplement

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The latest translation from Simply Understand, part two of the government's proposals for improving the security of public places against terrorist attack in England.
The latest translation from Simply Understand, part two of the government's proposals for improving the security of public places against terrorist attack in England.

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Published by: corinne.pritchard4326 on May 22, 2009
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Safer places
a counter-terrorism supplement
For planners, designers &local authorities in England
This consultation is mostly about new buildingsand public spaces, although if you want to fitsecurity features to a building that already exists,some of it will apply.Local authorities need to read this guide, becauseit should be helping them decide whether planningapplications should be granted.
 
How terrorists attack public spaces
There are three main ways that terrorists use to attack publicplaces:
Suicide bombs
Car bombs
Hand-delivered bombsSuicide bombing is the most dangerous, because it's less likelyto get discovered beforehand, and the terrorist can find theplace they're likely to have most effect in.
Other threats
There's also the threat of chemical, biological and nuclearweapons. The best protection against these kind of weapons isprevention, mostly through designing buildings so theimportant places are hard to get to, access is controlled, andthings like air intake are protected.
 
The effects of an explosion in apublic space
If an explosion happens, these are the major effects to watchout for:
1.the blast wave – this moves out around theexplosion, getting less the further away from thecentre. Buildings and other structures in the waycan affect the way the blast wave moves.
2.With strong explosives you will get a fire ball at thecentre of the explosion.
3.The explosion will make a crater in the ground, andtravel through the ground around the blast zone.
4.The bomb will shatter with the force of theexplosion, throwing shrapnel into the air (usuallyfrom whatever the bomb was made of), and theexplosion will also shatter things like slate, glass,wood and metal in the area, and the flying debriscan go a long way and cause a lot of damage.So it's not just the explosion that causes deaths and injuries,the after-effects can be very damaging, not to mention thepossibility of people's escape routes getting blocked or evenbuildings collapsing.

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