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Reducing Harm From Explosive Attacks Against Railways

NCJ Number
Security Journal Volume: 25 Issue: 4 Dated: October 2012 Pages: 309-325
Sunniva Meyer
Date Published
October 2012
17 pages
This article discusses the most effective measures for use in protecting rail systems from terrorist attacks.
Although the literature on protective security measures against terrorism suggests many measures for protecting targets, it provides less guidance on how to prioritize such measures. Combining insights from rational choice theory with lessons from situational crime prevention theory, crime scripts and crime prevention through environmental design, this article provides concrete advice on how to prioritize protective security measures against explosive attacks on railways. The author shows that the best protective security measures focus on limiting the damage caused by explosive attacks rather than on preventing such attacks. (Published Abstract)