The Massive Challenge of Securing Railways Against Terrorism
- Published: Monday, 14 December 2015 17:02
- Written by Alex Vladutoiu, MD - Alfred Net
Think Railways Article, Nov 2015: Terrorist threat in Europe is at its highest level in the last ten years. As alarming is the fact that transportation systems represent prime targets for terrorists in search of dense crowds. In a research carried by AON, transport ranks second after retail on the list of industries that were attacked by terrorists in 2014 (2). The Global Terrorism Database registered over 3600 terrorist incidents against public transport modes between 1992 and 2014, representing 3.7% of all incident types (2). Within the transport target category, heavy and light rail transport related attacks account for 34%. Starting with 2013, there is a sharp increase in the number of terrorist attacks against the railway system.