Enhancing building security for embassies along the Maritime Silk Road against terrorist attacks

Chun-Lin Liu1, Jeslin Quek2

Abstract


Embassies are important buildings, involving the diplomatic image of a country’s government in another foreign country. Given the rising tensions between countries, either political, economic, religion or war, attacks on embassies have been increasing in recent years. Thus, it is evident that appropriate measures are to be taken to reduce the potential impact of an attack. The paper discusses the measures in enhancing building security of embassies. The principles for Security Planning and Design are discussed, followed by an introduction to a systematic security risk assessment framework. The framework is evaluated regarding the potential security risk posed by an attack against elements of the mega infrastructure using explosives. Further options to increase the security of embassies are also explored to reduce the risk of a potential attack. A security-enhanced building, planned and constructed well to specifications, can provide benefits to the client, including greater cost advantage and increase of value for the structure.


Keywords


mega public infrastructure; security risk assessment; threat; vulnerability; terrorist attack

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24294/jipd.v3i1.1118

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