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Why Terrorist Vehicle Attacks are So Hard to Prevent

November 02, 2017  | 

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Stopping the kind of vehicular attacks like the one that killed eight people in New York City on Tuesday afternoon has been a top concern for law enforcement agencies worldwide in the wake of deadly attacks in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and now the U.S.

But experts say it's also one of the hardest threats to predict and guard against.

"This kind of attack is very difficult, and probably the most difficult, for law enforcement to protect and prevent," said Steve Gomez, former FBI agent and ABC News contributor.

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TBOW426 @ 11/2/2017 2:17 PM

We need "commonsense laws" restricting the ownership of assault trucks. No one needs an assault truck.

jan gunnersen @ 11/2/2017 5:47 PM

Israel has been suffering vehicular attacks for decades. Some of their defensive measures are applicable to the USA. Some are not. Many of these attacks have been prevented, or cut short, by armed civilians or soldiers on leave. (Soldiers on leave are required to carry their rifles with them everywhere). But even the Israelis, with vast experience of Muslim terrorism are unable to totally prevent vehicle attacks.

SFShep @ 11/2/2017 8:03 PM

And in some cases, the agency is its own worst enemy. For example, the San Francisco Police Department has a policy that prohibits officers from firing at moving vehicles. Even if the vehicle is being used to intentionally run people down.

SFPD General Orders 5.01(IV)(G)(2)(e) MOVING VEHICLES: “An officer shall not discharge a firearm at the operator or occupant of a moving vehicle unless the operator or occupant poses an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to the public or an officer by means other than the vehicle.”

David R. McConnaughey @ 11/3/2017 3:18 AM

TBOW426 I'm with you, we need an assault truck ban!

Arby @ 11/3/2017 5:37 AM

I was feeling pretty stupid for not knowing how to prevent these attacks, until I read this article. Now I have been reassured by experts that these attacks are the hardest to predict and guard against. Sarcasm intended. Better yet, why don't we print that in all the newspapers so every twit who has a friend who can read will know that too, and put it on TV for those who can't read. Connected to terrorism or just a wacko looking to make a name for himself - both types now have a blueprint for what will probably be a successful venture into murder. Sure, many of them would know already, but why settle for many when we can educate them all? The only thing more useless than this article is the time I've taken to respond to it. Shame on me for that one...

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