A building perimeter security expert is warning public building and facilities owners to be extra vigilant following concerns of potential new IRA terrorist activities.
The Daily Mail newspaper recently reported British security fears the G8 Summit may be targeted by an IRA attack when it is held in Northern Ireland this summer, with dissident republican groups harbouring ambitions to mount a new campaign in the mainland.
The G8 leaders are due to meet at the Lough Erne resort in Enniskillen in June.
One British security source quoted by the Daily Mail said: “The venue is secure, we are absolutely confident about that. But we cannot rule out a cowardly attack beforehand. The republican threat is growing.”
Any attack would raise questions about the decision to stage the G8 in Northern Ireland, which was meant to show the world that life in the Province had been transformed for good.
Security forces are already dealing with an upsurge in republicanism and increasing loyalist violence in the Belfast flags protest.
Jonathan Goss, MD of Townscape Products, which manufactures and installs hostile vehicle mitigation systems, is advising owners of high profile public buildings across the UK to heed the warning and ensure their security measures are adequate to counter security threats.
“Owners and managers of public buildings and facilities have a duty of care to protect their staff and visitors from the threat of terrorism and the security of a building or public area needs to go far beyond security staff and vehicle stop-checks.
“The terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport in 2007 stimulated the airline industry to instigate a security overhaul of UK airports but we shouldn’t wait for another incident to kick-start reactive planning across other sectors.”
Goss said many high profile building owners delay installing suitable security systems due to concerns about disruption and lengthy groundworks around their facility. “However, natural material systems are available which require very shallow footings and can be installed quickly and cost effectively,” he said.
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