Quoting experts, Joel Griffin on the Security InfoWatch blog thinks the Las Vegas shooting massacre “will likely serve as a game-changing incident for the security industry.” From hotel front desks and room service staffs to stadiums and open-air venues, the question will consistently become, “Are we sure we’re secure. Do we realize what could happen around us?”
That Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas gunman, was able to get where he was with an arsenal of weapons and, indeed, act alone is forcing hotel and stadium operators, indeed anyone responsible for public venues, “to rethink where their event perimeters begin and end.”
It’s grim that it should be that way, but these are our times and we need to find continually renewed ways of living safely in them. “According to Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi,” says Griffin, “the Las Vegas massacre, now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, has introduced yet another paradigm into event security to include mitigating attacks that could be launched from nearby high-rise buildings.”
Police and security experts will have to translate those sentiments into enhanced protection at public venues of all sorts.