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September 11 fundamentally altered the way in which the world approaches the provision of security. The terrorist attacks made security analysts and security service providers to rethink the risks that people face on a day-to-day basis. Most security companies reflected on the impact of the terrorist attack, and concluded that there was an urgent need to reconsider the approaches used in the provision of security to public activities. In particular, stakes are very high for the provision of show security. This comes from the increase in threat levels to public gatherings. In a show, people simply show up! Normally, there is no fixed visitors list to screen. It means that every person attending the show is a potential security risk. On the other hand, they can also be the innocent victims of an attack. The provision of show security requires adequate consideration of five cardinal issues.

What Assets Require Protection at the Show?

The first issue that requires clarification when planning for show security is to determine the assets that need protection. Obviously human life is the most precious asset that will require protection at the show. This means that the first object of the security measures put in place is human life. Without attempting to grade human life, it is still important to note that some people may be at a higher risk of attack than others may. These people include VIPs, persons with disabilities, and children. Their elevated risk results from their likelihood of being targets or the severity of consequences they would suffer if an attack took place. In addition to people, a show will also have other tangible assets such as communication equipment, items on display, cars, and the personal effects that participants carry. The venue of the show may also have items that may be the object of a security threats. If there are offices, shops, or other facilities within the boundaries of the area designated for the show, then these places will also form the list of assets that will require protection.

What Risks do this Assets Face?

The second issue that will require consideration for show security is the forms of risk that the assets are exposed to. Determinations of the risks the assets face require the estimation of the likelihood of the risk occurring, and the severity of the impact of the risk. It may be helpful to develop a risk matrix to determine the impact of these risks. This analysis is very useful to help in the allocation of the security resources available. The reality of security is that is it impossible to eliminate all security risks. Rather, risk analysis helps with the development of the best security measures to mitigate the risks according to the available resources. Typical risks associated with shows can vary a lot. However, it is important to consider terrorist related activities such as an attack with explosives, chemical or biological weapons, or gunfire, personal risks such as mugging and robbery, car burglary, and protocol related security risks that can lead to stampedes are also important to consider.

Are the Security Solutions Sufficient to Mitigate the Security Risks?

After identifying the risks, it is imperative to check whether the security solutions developed for the show mitigates against the risks that accompany the show effectively. This comparison is very important to ensure that the measures put in place actually deal with the issues peculiar to the show. Each show will have its own peculiarities, which will call for specific measures to address the specific security threats. Experience can be an asset and a liability in this process. If the security company simply uses the models it has used in the past to provide show security without looking at the specific issues related to the particular show, then there is a risk that potential perpetrators will outsmart the security arrangements. However, if the company uses its experience in assessing the risks and allocating resources accordingly, then its experience is an asset. Assessing the severity of risks requires an objective appreciation of risks and their likelihood of occurrence. This requires some experience in real life provision of security services.

What Collateral Risks do the Security Solutions Bring Up?

There is an interesting consequence of implementing security measures. The measures themselves come with their own security threats. For instance, relying on CCTV equipment may lead to a backlash if the people attending the show find the measure intrusive. There is also the question of blind spots such as restrooms and VIP rooms. Using guards alone may make it difficult to spot trouble until it is too late. If the guards have arms, what are the chances that they will be disarmed by show participants who plan to use the guns to perpetrate some unacceptable act? Supposing there is need to use crowd dispersal mechanisms such as tear gas, will it be effective and what manner of consequences could it have on allergic people and children? It must be born in mind that every security measure used to mitigate security threats inherently brings in new security threats.

What Costs and Tradeoffs Result from the Security Measures?

Finally, there is a clear need to determine the costs and tradeoffs in the security measures proposed for show security. More security usually means that there will be a greater likelihood of attendants coming into direct contact with the security personnel. The trade off in this case may mean that it will take longer to access the show, or there is a chance that there will be people opposed to measures such as screening hence, they may cause disquiet. It is important to determine the potential reaction of the people involved to win their support. If there are movement restrictions, service announcements can reduce the chances of conflict with the shows’ participants. On the other hand, there is usually tough decision-making required when allocating resources, because there will be some tradeoffs to consider. Assigning more guards to VIPs means that there will be fewer guards available to enforce compliance among the rest of the participants. These decisions require careful justification.

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