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Local event security in focus after Manchester Arena bombing

Security experts say watch for ‘soft targets'
Posted at 6:28 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 19:28:38-04

Security at local events coming up this summer are in focus after a suicide bombing in Manchester England at an Ariana Grande concert. 

Security experts say "soft targets" like the area that was bombed at Manchester Arena Monday night continue to pose challenges for law enforcement. The bombing took place outside the secured arena, but in an area with lots of people.

Security Consultant Michael Rozin of Rozin Security works with businesses to enhance their security. He currently is the special operations security captain at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

"There certainly are security challenges when it comes to protections of... soft targets,” he said. “The area around the checkpoints creates pools of people that are just as attractive to perpetrators of terrorist attacks."

Rozin suggests layering security to protect both the venue and the security checkpoint.

“Often we are too concentrated on the security checkpoints and it’s important to expand the security beyond the checkpoints. The further you push the perimeter, the less concentration of people you have" Rozin said.

Smart security may also aid in preventing a terror attack. Rozin says experts can use behavior detection to detect terrorists.

"In most cases the terrorists stand out because their purpose is different," he said.

"Is this the new reality? Certainly over the last three years we have seen an unprecedented spike in this type of activity, not only in Europe but in the U.S.," Rozin also said.

He urges citizens to be vigilant but not submit to fear.

"We can not allow ourselves to be scared,” he said. “If we get scared and change our ways of life, we are allowing this terrorist, this coward to ultimately win. We don’t want to do that."

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