Increased Security as ISIS Threatens Sporting Events

The Islamic State’s latest attack took place on March 22 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, where 143 people were killed and a further 200 injured. Several armed men in camouflage stormed the building and fired automatic weapons at people in the audience.

The latest threat on football fans comes after Isis-affiliated media outlet Sarh al-Khilafah announced a plan to attack the Bundesliga match between Bayern and Dortmund on March 30. This threat failed to materialise but the threat on the Sarh al-Khilafah stated its plan to target other football grounds including Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

This recent threat, specifically targeting football stadiums, serves as a stark reminder of the need for the security industry to remain vigilant and prepared to respond effectively to potential terrorist attacks. The threat is present, and it is real.

Firstly, stadium operators must prioritise the implementation of comprehensive security measures designed to deter and detect potential threats. This may include the deployment of physical barriers, such as bollards and security fencing, to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive areas. Additionally, advanced surveillance systems, including CCTV cameras and facial recognition technology, can help security teams monitor crowds in real time.

As an industry we need to act now with investment in training and preparedness initiatives, to ensure that security personnel are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively in the event of an attack. Rehearsing our responses and actions by conducting regular drills and simulations, and improving our coordination with law enforcement agencies will give us the best hope of defence against tragedies such as that seen in Moscow.


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