Where are we now? Understanding the current considerations of counter-terrorism protective security when developing crowded places in Australia.

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Conference Proceeding
pending, 2019
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Between 2013 and 2016 Western countries experienced a nearly 600% increase in terrorist attacks. Among the most significant shift in terrorism trends during this time is the recent focus on civilians in crowded places as a frequent target. Although crowded places have become critical targets for terrorist attacks, there remains a dearth of research studying crowded places or the built environment practitioner’s role in creating crowded places that are as resilient as possible against terrorism. This first-of-its-kind study connects the planning, design and development of real estate development in crowded places with planning for protective counter-terrorism and investigates what, when and how counter terrorism protective security (CTPS) is considered in the development process of crowded places. This paper presents the results from 32 foundational interviews with property developers, property investors, property managers, architects, planners, security consultants, and government officials in Australia. The originality and significance of this research extends the current knowledge base on CTPS and has the potential to influence decision-makers in both the counter terrorism policy landscape and those influential in developing standards for the planning, design, construction, and management of real estate assets.
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