North West firm partners with security company to prevent vehicular attacks

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Surface Guard at Blackpool Promenade
Surface Guard at Blackpool Promenade

A North West-based road blocker manufacturer and security firm have partnered to combat vehicular attacks.

Merseyside’s ATG Access, a manufacturer of road blockers, bollards and vehicle barrier systems, has joined with Altrincham-based event protection business Crowdguard.

As part of the partnership, Crowdguard will be deploying Surface Guard, ATG’s hostile vehicle mitigation solution, to secure temporary or semi-permanent events across the UK.

Designed in response to the recent surge in vehicular attacks across Europe, a Surface Guard barrier can withstand the impact of a 7,200kg vehicle travelling at 32kph and has been tested in accordance to the IWA 14 crash test standard. The barrier can be deployed quickly and efficiently by four men in under an hour, minimising disruption to event operation and the surrounding area.

Gavin Hepburn, CEO at ATG Access, said: “With events and crowded spaces continuing to require protection, due to the terror threat remaining ‘severe’ in the UK, working collaboratively with businesses such as Crowdguard will ensure that we can continue to keep the general public safe when they’re attending events with their friends and families.

“We now have four official deployment partners in the UK which cover various sectors and locations, so we can provide leading security solutions to projects of any size.”

Deborah Ainscough, founder and operations director at Crowdguard, said: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement to distribute ATG’s market-leading Surface Guard product on a national basis. We look forward to working with businesses, events, councils, the police and other relevant stakeholders to provide the highest standards of protection for the public.”

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