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Are City-Wide Events A Target?

How safe are city wide events?

Since the tragic terrorist attacks on the Boston Marathon this past year, cities all across the United States and around the globe are concerned about hosting events in their vicinity.

Terrorist threats were made prior to the recent Winter Olympics games in Sochi, Russia and Americans expressed concerns about safety at the Super Bowl this past February. As a result, cities across the nation are beefing up security at all major events, just to be safe.

Why City-Wide Events?

As with the life-changing events of 9/11, terrorists often seek to inflict destruction on the largest number of people at one time so they target large venues like airplanes, office buildings, and anywhere there will be a massive, unsuspecting crowd.

At a sporting event, a concert, or other festival-type occasions, people are focused on the activity and are less aware of their surroundings and any eminent danger. Think about it: when you are at an outdoor music and arts festival in your city, are you looking around for suspicious characters, or are you enjoying the music, art and scenery?

How are Cities Taking Extra Precautions?

At major events like football games, concerts, festivals and other venues that draw large crowds, cities like Atlanta, Boston and New York are now requiring an increased security presence. This plays a huge part in preparation for city organizers and provides peace of mind to participants and guest.

For example, during the recent Super Bowl, security experts employed uniformed police officers, snipers, plainclothes officers, and FBI agents, making this event one of the most highly “secured sporting events in our country’s history” according to a recent news report.

Security experts, retired FBI agents, police officers, and even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) discussed and simulated all kinds of potential terrorist threats leading up to the day of the big game, and they were prepared for anything, it seems. Thankfully, the game went off without a hitch and millions of spectators, both in person and via television, were able to enjoy the biggest sports event of the year.

Additional Security Measures

In addition to the “standard” security measures and police presence, many cities are also employing threat protection agencies to assist at citywide events. Private agencies, like MSA Security and other organizations, are strictly in the business of protecting crowds, businesses and any other location at risk. This approach has proven to be a valuable added layer of protection against unconventional terrorist methods.

In situations where the local police force is not quite enough, and involving FBI agents and other government officials may not be an option, cities hosting major events could benefit from the added level of specialized, customized assistance that a private company can offer.

Even though you may not be aware of these types of security measures while you are there, you can attend a festival or sporting event in your area knowing that your city’s officials have thought of everything and taken every possible precaution so you and your family can enjoy the activity without fear.

Perhaps it is a sign of the times we live in, sadly, that we have to constantly be aware of our surroundings by thinking about the safety of ourselves and those around us. Should we stop doing the things we love, such as attending concerts and football games? Absolutely not! With the comfort of knowing that every measure has been taken to protect the public, we can move freely with a sense of safety and well-being. This, in and of itself, is a small victory.

Jamica Bell is a freelance writer and contributor to multiple blogs. Recent security concerns in cities across the country and world inspired her to contribute this article, in hopes that we enjoy our daily lives but remain alert of our surroundings. During her research, she found that agencies, like MSA Security, have had a positive impact on the level of safety experienced by event participants.


We would like to thank Jamica Bell one of our regular contributors for this great information on City Wide Events a true concern for all of us.

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