Europe has experienced around a dozen cases of drivers using a car or truck to plow into pedestrians like last week's attack in Barcelona, but cities have not rushed to mitigate the risks by changing their layout. Mia Womersley reports.
Europe has suffered from about a dozen militant attacks in recent years where vehicles have been used as weapons. But cities have been reluctant to mitigate the risks by changing their layout. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER TOM BERGIN SAYING: "The industry say those concerns are overblown - they say they can make them look pretty, like behind me you see the bollards, more discreet measures like planters, we see other things like reinforced steel bins, street furniture that is much stronger than normal to stop vehicles gaining access to pedestrian areas or getting very far in those pedestrian areas" After last week's deadly attack in Barcelona, some residents said officials should have done more to prevent vehicle access to La Rambla. Authorities though said ensuring total security was impractical. And even investing heavily doesn't always work. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER TOM BERGIN SAYING: "London is the greatest example of the way in which if you protect one area, the risk simply shifts to another. Across city of london huge infrastructure to prevent hostile attacks, but whilst certain areas have been protected, Westminster bridge wasn't, attack there that caused 5 fatalities " Some also argue that the money would be better spent gathering intelligence on would-be attackers before they strike. Two security companies told Reuters they haven't seen the sharp growth in their market that they were expecting. A common complaint is that cities don't want to live under siege, in a fortress.