PRESENTATION: Prioritising Terrorism Risks to Indoor Venues, Stadia & Festivals
In a dynamic threat environment, the owners and operators of entertainment venues across Europe face a challenge to protect their venues and provide a safe and secure environment for their patrons.
Indoor entertainment venues, stadia and outdoor festivals in the UK and Europe have all been targeted by terrorists in the past few years, indicating that the intent to attack venues is credible.
A variety of attack methodologies have been deployed by terrorists in European cities, notably person-borne attacks using knives, firearms and improvised explosive devices and vehicles as a weapons. The diversity of attack methods demands a multi-layered approach to venue security.
However, justifying the expense and effectiveness of current and proposed security mitigations at venues is a challenge likely to be faced by many operators. By taking a risk-led approach that identifies, assesses and prioritises terrorism risks in the context of each venue, the value of mitigation options and their suitability for that venue can be assessed based on evidence. This approach is likely to help venues evaluate their security strategies and build the case for additional mitigations.
• Insights into the current terrorism threat environment, tailored for live events and major entertainment venues across Europe.
• Techniques that can be deployed to identify, assess and prioritise terrorism risks to venues.
• How to utilise terrorism risk assessments to develop mitigation strategies and to articulate the case for capital/operational expenditures to reduce the risk to venues and patrons.