With big events come big security risks. These events have greater chances of loopholes and security breaches. Protective security must therefore be inch-perfect or an infiltrator could wreak havoc and ruin the lives of many, not to mention the embarrassment and possible criminal charges the organizers of such events could face.
It’s Dangerous Out There
With so many threats around, on account of political issues raging across the world and the rise and menace of diverse terrorist groups, the innocents have been the targets of various brutal acts of violence none of which have been more poignantly etched in the minds of people around the globe than the 9/11 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center twin towers in Manhattan.
The 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia in February revealed just how much organizers need to invest in security these days. With miscellaneous threats from some so-called terror organizations and a serious threat from a real and feared terrorist organization, games organizers and security staff were under no illusions as to the scale of the task that lay ahead.
Massive Security for the Games
Around 37,000 police and armed forces personnel were deployed to ensure security at the seaside resort town of Sochi in the build-up to the Winter Olympics and during the event. They were charged with the task of monitoring the Olympic facilities, screen vehicles and perform X-ray scans on construction materials. This was even more than the number of security personnel onboard for the 2012 London Summer Olympics who numbered 18,000, an all-time highest figure back then.
The Volatile North Caucasus Region
One of the major reasons for such extreme measures has been the political situation in Russia and Sochi’s proximity to the mountainous North Caucasus region, around 60 miles away, which is the base for many anti-Russian Islamic terror groups many of whom have frequent armed conflicts with Russian authorities. The December 2013 suicide bomb attacks in Volgograd, Russia which resulted in the death of around 45 people was a startling reminder that security must be absolute and radical, no matter how much investment it would take.
While organizers beef up security at Olympic venues, an expert security agency can provide comprehensive security services for participating teams through its international executive protection service. A reliable security company would also be able to offer event security for certain kinds of large events through coordination with the police and armed forces of the host nation.