The Importance of Preparedness: Early Warning Systems


While in the past vehicle attacks were a source of concern, today the most prevalent means of conveyance is used as a weapon for destruction. Vehicles have become part if the terrorist tool kit, and it’s more important than ever to prepare for such threats.

From angry drivers to determined killers, there have been over 14 major deliberate vehicle attacks in the past five years. One of the most effective ways to keep people and property safe is to develop and implement early warning systems that will ensure security personnel has adequate time to respond to threats.

Radar Ready

The most effective way to pinpoint imminent incoming threats is by tracking them via radar. Using radio waves, these systems can follow movement by determining the intensity and time those waves take to return to a receiver. Though it’s an older technology, it is still effective.

The United States government is upgrading its high-end systems to identify incoming airborne attacks, and similar methods can be used for ground-based incursions as well. On a smaller scale, radar can be very effective in determining the speed, direction and size of any attack.


Radar systems like Delta Scientific’s DCS400 use remote radar towers to track movement in a specific area. These devices act as both transmitter and receiver, relaying important data back to security in a constantly updating stream.

Not only will it identify incoming threats, but it can also detect speed increases that signify that an attack is about to occur. Also, vehicles hiding behind larger transports will be exposed as soon as they attempt to pass and commence an assault. This gives security teams time to prepare, locking down gates and entrances and raising bollards and spike strips to stop the perpetrator in its tracks.

Learning from the Past

In 2013, an electrical substation was attacked by snipers who cut phone lines and destroyed transformers, costing the company over $15 million in damages. Perimeter intrusion detection would have helped to identify the threat before it occurred, allowing prompt response and adequate measures to prevent such drastic losses.

While radar might not identify a sniper’s location, it would have helped to spot unauthorized access to private property, alerting police and security personnel to act quickly. By observing the lapse in past judgment, future personnel and property loss can be avoided.

Having adequate preparation means not having to worry that you’ll miss stopping the inevitable. Let Delta Scientific help your organization be ready for the worst by contacting our offices today.