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Security has become an increasingly demanding
challenge for owners and operators of crowded
places, such as shopping centres, public spaces,
theatres, cinemas, transport infrastructure,
pedestrian malls, stadiums and major events.
Attacks in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Nice, Boston,
Istanbul, Ottawa, Barcelona and London have
tragically shown that crowded places have become
attractive targets for terrorists.
While Australia has robust arrangements in place to
protect crowded places from terrorism, it is important
to not become complacent, as our geographic
location does not make us immune to what is happening
around the world.
For local government, the changing security environment
means that regular reviews of your risk-mitigation strategies should
be undertaken. Where weaknesses are identified, focus your efforts
on ways of addressing them and building resilience. Building a
positive security culture within your organisation is also important.
In August 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched
Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism.
The strategy has been developed to assist owners and operators to
increase the safety, protection and resilience of crowded places. It
includes practical guidance on protective security, and information
to help owners and operators to better understand terrorist
weapons and tactics, including ‘active armed offenders,’ improvised
explosive devices, chemical weapons and hostile vehicles.
The strategy acknowledges the importance of a
collaborative approach between owners and operators, all levels
of government, and the private sector.
An emphasis is placed on a layered approach to security
through the application of multiple layers of complementary
protective security measures, the intention being to ensure that
the failure of any single layer (which may consist of different
security measures) will not significantly compromise the overall
security of the place being protected.
Underpinning the strategy is a strong and collaborative
partnership between business, government and private
Responsibility for protecting crowded places are shared
by their owners and operators, and local, state and federal
government. To protect their sites, owners and operators
must conduct risk assessments and implement appropriate
mitigations. Local government authorities play an important
role in the approval of public spaces, which provides them with
the opportunity to apply protective security measures during
the development stage. Likewise, as many local government
authorities manage civic spaces and celebrations, they also
have the same responsibilities as other owners and operators of
Whether it is guarding or patrolling critical infrastructure,
providing crowd control services for an event, or installing CCTV
cameras, alarms or other electronic security equipment, your
private security provider is an important partner. As a result, it is
vital that you do your homework before choosing a provider.
Value for money, performance and quality should be equally
Like anyone, local councils need to get value for money
in the procurement of security services; however, focusing on
getting security services for the lowest possible price is resulting
in a race-to-the-bottom mentality among some security
providers, who cut costs to stay competitive.
When this occurs, it can often result in underpayment
of wages or misclassification of employees as independent
contractors. Security providers that want to do the right thing by
their employees, but can no longer compete, also pay a heavy
price. So, if a quote from a security provider seems too good to
be true, it probably is.
Sometimes, the lowest quote can have the highest cost. By
selecting a security provider that offers the lowest price without
conducting appropriate due diligence and asking questions
Characteristics of a layered approach. Source: Australia’s Strategy for
Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism, 2017
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