David Barwell

Vehicle-borne attack concern

AUSTRALIAN authorities have flagged heavy vehicles following a number of vehicle-borne attacks and terrorism incidents across the globe in recent weeks.

It was last week revealed by The Australian in an article titled 'Truck thefts flagged as city reviews risk' that local area commands in Sydney have been confirmed as reporting to the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team the theft of heavy vehicles.

The Queensland Police Service also say they continue to work with partner agencies to keep the community safe.

"Heavy vehicle owners and operators should report theft of their vehicles as a priority to police," QPS responded to Big Rigs in a statement.

"Queenslanders can rest assured that the QPS is continuously monitoring world events and has the capacity to quickly adapt to a changing security environment if necessary.

"While there is no specific known threat to Queensland, people are encouraged to go about their daily lives, however the community should not be complacent.

"For operational reasons, it would not be appropriate to comment further."

The concern is global. In May the US Transportation and Security North America heavy vehicles warnings were published in an unclassified report entitled 'Vehicle ramming attacks: Threat Landscape, indicators and counter measures,' by the US Transportation and Security.

The report first obtained by NBC News warned rental companies, drivers and owners to be vigilant against theft.

Similarly the IBT times reported in an edition of Rumiyah, that the Islamic State online magazine published a disturbing how-to of these attacks alongside an image of a rental truck.

Published in November 2016 the propaganda article titled 'Just Terror Tactics' suggest lone wolves use these vehicles to target large public gatherings. The article also details the features of an 'ideal vehicle'.

If anyone has any knowledge of suspicious activity or sees anything of concern they can contact 000 in an emergency, Policelink on 131444 for non-urgent matters, or the National Security Hotline on 1800123400 for national security issues.

The Australian Federal Police could not comment on operational matters.

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