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Vehicle borne threats range from vandalism to sophisticated or aggressive attack by terrorists or determined criminals.

Vehicles (such as cars, vans and lorries) are widely available and terrorists have previously gained access to them through a number of means: 

  • Owned – a vehicle is under the attacker’s possession

  • Borrowed – a vehicle is lent by an unwitting or complicit associate

  • Leased – a vehicle is hired from a company, using real or fake documentation

  • Stolen – a stationary, unattended (locked or keys in ignition) vehicle is taken

  • Hijacked – an occupied vehicle, parked inside or outside a protected area, is seized


For more information, please visit the NPSA (formerly CPNI) website:

Protective Security
Hostile Vehicle Mitigation
Vehicle as a Weapon