Tensions old and new raising risk of active assailants, political violence

Random acts of violence involving active assailants have been increasing in frequency and severity, at least until the coronavirus pandemic. As public health authorities ordered workplaces and public spaces to close or restrict their operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, active assailant events appeared to be on a brief pause.

Security experts note the pandemic also has largely suppressed political violence in conflict zones, for example in Hong Kong, but they warn that tensions have increased, and the pandemic may lead to a spike in violence in the coming months and into 2021.

As a result, businesses may wish to consider the advantages of stand-alone terrorism insurance or broader coverage that applies to active assailant incidents, strikes, riots and civil commotion.

This content focuses on the impact of terrorism or an active assailant incident and how businesses can mitigate the risks of such events.

Topics covered:
• The difference between terrorism insurance and active assailant insurance.
• Monitoring the underlying risk drivers of political violence.
• Advice for people who are caught in a terrorist or active assailant incident.