Tougher security sought for summer events

New research has shown that 57 per cent of British residents want to see tougher public security put in place ahead of major outdoor summer events.

With the Royal Wedding date fast approaching, the ATG Access survey of 1,000 people highlighted public support for more security guards to safeguard public spaces, with 36 per cent wanting to see more armed officers patrolling busy areas following the surge of terror attacks last year.

The research also showed that 44 per cent of people said that they would like to see visible security, such as bollards and barriers, with 39 per cent suggesting that they would be more at ease with visible emergency services on site, such as paramedics.

Despite the heightened anxiety following attacks throughout 2017, 50 per cent of those questioned said they won’t let recent terror attacks stop them from enjoying organised summer events. Furthermore, 47 per cent of those questioned remain positive about the impact of public events and celebrations.

Gavin Hepburn, director at ATG Access, said: “Summer is almost upon us, and the social calendar is already filling up with events such as the Royal Wedding, plus various festivals and celebrations to be held across the country. Popular events such as these are growing in size as more people flock to local areas to enjoy seasonal festivals and public gatherings.

“But, with bigger crowds of attendees, and more footfall in cities and town centres, comes greater security concerns. The public is becoming much more aware of the potential threats they may be subject to, particularly when attending high profile events or tourist attractions. This heightened awareness, coupled with the increased risk of sporadic attacks occurring, means that serious consideration must now be given to protecting crowded places, as well as securing assets and critical national infrastructure.”

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