HVM: Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation, also known as HVM, is one of the most important services offered by CATO Location Services. CATO frequently provide this service to local councils and other clients for community and independent events. HVM implementation is a crucial part of any large event happening in a public space. It is just as important as Traffic Management or Security Management when considering the safety of event attendees. 

What is HVM?

HVM stands for Hostile Vehicle Mitigation and involves the implementation of protective, anti-terrorism measures in public and crowded spaces. 

At CATO we provide two main types of HVM. One is the use of vehicles or trucks, which are parked in the middle of the road to prevent a hostile vehicle from gaining access. The other is the use of water-filled barriers, which are used to block any openings on the footpath or road, again preventing hostile vehicles from entering the space.

What is a water-filled barrier?

A water-filled barrier is a large plastic barrier which is hollow inside. Once positioned, the barrier is filled with water and remains firmly in position. Because of the weight of the water, the barrier cannot be driven through or moved, thus mitigating the threat of hostile vehicles entering an event space. At the end of the event, the water is drained from the barriers and they are able to be easily removed from the location. 

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation, or HVM, is a CATO events and CATO locations service. Get in contact or talk to your account manager today to request a rate card for CATO HVM services.

HVM vehicles on road
CATO vehicles used as HVM for City of Sydney Event
HVM water-filled barriers with traffic controller
Water-filled barriers in position
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