Policies, Best Practices, and Funding Standards Employed in Projects to Prevent Hostile Vehicle Attacks in Public Areas

Policies, Best Practices, and Funding Standards Employed in Projects to Prevent Hostile Vehicle Attacks in Public Areas

November 21, 2019, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

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Hostile Vehicle Attacks are a proven weapon of terror because they are cheap, easy, and effective. 
Examples include the vehicle attack on pedestrians in Times Square in 2017, the attack on the bike path in New York City on Halloween 2017, and the sidewalk van attack in Toronto in 2018. Other Hostile vehicle attacks include hundreds of dead and injured in other attacks in the USA, Canada, the UK, and Europe.
This panel involves three experts who actively work in the areas of assessing threats from terrorists and motivated individuals who use vehicles to attack pedestrians and crowds in urban areas. The experts will discuss the different types of threats experienced, prevention efforts by law enforcement, prevention of attacks using safety and security barriers, the implementation of recommended planning and design features, and greater awareness of the need to separate vehicles from people.

Additionally, the panel will discuss recent legislation authored by Congressman Latta (R- Ohio) and supported by the Security Industry Association (SIA) which required the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue a report to Congress on best practices and training programs in place to prevent these attacks. The panel will discuss these findings and DHSrecommendations.

Learning Outcomes:
1. List the most common types of vehicle attacks against what the DHS calls "Soft Targets / Crowded Spaces."
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the role that the SIA can play in government relations and educating Congress on matters pertaining to the safety and security of crowds and crowded places.
3. Demonstrate a full understanding of vehicle attacks over the past five years in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Europe and the UK.
4. Evaluate the safety and security of crowded locations as possible "soft targets" for hostile vehicle attacks.
5. Make preliminary recommendations on deficiencies with regard to protection from vehicle attacks and work with experts to devise comprehensive vehicle attack mitigation efforts.


  • Rob Reiter



    Store Front Safety Council

    Rob is a safety and security specialist who is an expert in perimeter protection and retail and pedestrian safety.  For almost twenty years, Rob has...

  • Shannan Ahartz


    Vice President


    Shannon Ahartz, P.E. is a Vice President and Senior Project Manager in Kimley-Horn’s Las Vegas office. He has over 28 years of diverse experience...

  • Joseph Okes


    Assistant Director, Resilience and Security

    Architect of the Capitol

  • Shelomo Alfassa


    Homeland Security Analyst


    Shelomo Alfassa is an emergency management & homeland security analyst for VIRSIG, LLC., in NYC. He has 25 years of public safety sector experience,...


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