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NCJ Number: 98696 Find in a Library
Title: VIP (Very Important Person) Protection - The Automobile
Journal: Professional Protection Magazine  Volume:4  Issue:5  Dated:(January/February 1984)  Pages:36-41,29
Author(s): J D Aranha
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article discusses strategies and devices that should be used to protect persons vulnerable to terrorist attacks and kidnappings -- high government officials and corporate executives -when they are being transported by automobile.
Abstract: Reasons why vehicles are terrorist targets are outlined, including the following: while in transit, the target (car) is isolated from assistance; the number of persons in a vehicle is restricted, which allows the attack group to be larger; and attacks on a vehicle can be simulated for practice without the target's knowledge. The importance of the driver being trained in defensive driving techniques is emphasized. These techniques focus on avoiding, detecting, and countering the attack. Protective systems for the automobile are described and are classified as either passive or active. Passive protective systems include enclosed passenger compartments, special door panels and armored shields, and angled plates to deflect bullets. Active protective systems use soft gun ports to enable bodyguards to fire from inside the vehicle, oil slick emission units, and nonlethal electric shock systems. Diagrams are included.
Index Term(s): Automobiles; Kidnapping; Personal Security/Self Protection; Protection of public figures; Security; Terrorism/Mass Violence
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