SECURITY SPOTLIGHT FROM PREVENT ADVISORS
Prevent Advisors Key Takeaways from Manchester:
Arenas and your guests are a target. ISIS and Al Qaeda have publically called for action against soft targets and remain determined to attack.
This bombing represents a different profile than recent ‘opportunistic’ terror events. This attack was executed by an individual who was supported by a larger cellular network. Continue to monitor activity and intelligence feeds.
Concert Venues and Stadiums will continue to be targeted. These facilities offer many elements desired by an attacker – population density, visibility, and predictability.
The attack itself consisted of a “suicide bomber” which signifies the first occurrence of such an event by an ISIS related group in the UK/West. This adaptation indicates greater sophistication and a willingness to shift to more violent tactics.
Dates matter. The attack itself occurred on the anniversary of an attack by extremist on a British solider, Lee Rigby, on May 22, 2103. The attack on Manchester indicates a pattern of attacks related to key anniversary dates.
Prevent Advisors Top 5 Recommendations for Venue Security:
Review emergency action plans. Rehearse the plan. Ensure they reflect the necessary measures to respond to an attack or major disruption.
Ensure the venue maintains an open dialogue with local law enforcement regarding security protocols and that any gaps are identified and addressed.
Consider additional resources being dedicated to high density/high traffic areas in advance of events and upon egress.
Ensure vehicle access protocols are properly followed. All movable barriers to entry and gates should be replaced and secured immediately following entry/exit of authorized vehicles.
Ensure current and thorough briefing of potential threats for Security and Guest Service Staff
For all correspondence related to public safety and security, please send a list of all points of contacts to be included on Prevent Advisors’ distribution list to Erin Grady at EGrady@oakviewgroup.com