Crowdguard and ARX partner up on crowd safety


Crowdguard is a specialist in protecting events and public locations from vehicle incursions. Its partnership with ARX Security has added the ARX Stopper to the company’s range of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) solutions.

The move adds to the range of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent HVM systems and perimeter protection solutions offered by Crowdguard as part of its ‘plan, provide, protect’ approach to event security and crowd safety management.

Martyn’s Law

The partnership comes as the events industry prepares for the introduction of the Protect Duty, a pending UK legislation which will formalise the responsibilities and actions which organisers of public events and locations must take in mitigating the threat of terrorism.

The Protect Duty is commonly referred to as Martyn’s Law in remembrance of Martyn Hett, who was killed alongside 21 others in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017.

The ARX Stopper

Providing both a physical and visual security deterrent to protect against vehicle-as-a-weapon (VAW) attacks and unauthorised vehicular access, the ARX Stopper’s steel HVM units are contained within box structures, which can be customised with branding, wayfinding or advertising.

Crowdguard says this allows greater flexibility in specifying appropriate and proportionate protection against vehicle-as-a-weapon attacks, aligned to identified threat, vulnerability and risk factors, along with operational requirements and budgets.

Designed to stop vehicles and prevent them from progressing into safe zones or secure areas, ARX Stopper can secure an average road width within 10 minutes, offering high levels of pedestrian permeability. Crowdguard has already deployed the ARX Stopper successfully as part of match security at Leeds United FC, and Scotland Six Nations matches at BT Murrayfield.

“At Crowdguard, we work collaboratively with our clients, taking a holistic approach to providing the right solution aligned to risk, operational needs, and budget,” said Deborah Ainscough, Crowdguard’s founder and director.

Credentials and comments

“We are constantly looking at innovations in the sector to allow us to tailor every project to the needs of the client, the location and the identified risks. Adding the ARX Stopper to our suite of HVM solutions continues to build on our commitment to delivering effective event and public realm security, while minimising disruption as part of our plan, provide, protect model,” added Ainsborough.

The ARX Stopper carries a PAS 68:2013 Barrier V/7500(N2)/48/90:20.7/0.0 security rating, IWA 14-1:2013 Barrier V/7200[N2]/48/90:23.4 security rating (based on a two-tier configuration of seven units), and a UK NPSA Vehicle Attack Standard (VADS) rating.

Eric Swithenbank Managing Director at ARX security, provided further comment, “We are delighted that Crowdguard have become our partner for ARX Stopper and that the system is already proving a useful addition to their range.”

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