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UPDATE: Will security for hotels and music concerts change after the Las Vegas shooting?

UPDATE: Will security for hotels and music concerts change after the Las Vegas shooting?

10/03/2017

By Alessandra Malito, MarketWatch , Jacob Passy

The shooting at a country music concert reveals the seemingly impossible task of keeping audience members safe

Yet another attack during a concert, this time during a country concert in Las Vegas (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/reports-of-dead-injured-after-mass-shooting-at-las-vegas-concert-2017-10-02), will likely push for tighter security measures at show venues.

More than 500 people were injured and 59 dead after Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old residential real estate investor and regular video-poker player, opened fire (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/las-vegas-shooter-paddock-had-42-guns-and-a-device-enabling-firing-at-an-automatic-rate-2017-10-03) from his hotel room window on the 32nd floor during a three-day open-air country music concert at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Authories found 23 guns in his hotel room and 19 firearms in his home in Mesquite, Nev. It was the deadliest attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

This isn't the first terrorist attack to occur at a concert. Other attacks have happened during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England this past May and an attack at the Bataclan theater in Paris in November 2015.

This latest attack, however, was not on the grounds at a concert. It took place at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nev. The fatalities exceeded those at the Orlando nightclub in 2016 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-are-the-10-deadliest-mass-shootings-in-us-history-2017-10-02). While security during shows is important, it can seem virtually impossible to prevent such attacks, or safe evacuations during one.

What can be done to make sure patrons and guests feel safe?

Existing security measures, such as metal detectors and bag checks, are standard procedure at most large venues, more needs to be done, specifically in training of safety personnel, venue staff and concert attendees themselves, said Mark Herrera, director of education at the International Association of Venue Managers (http://www.iavm.org/about-us), a Coppell, Texas--based member association for executives of arenas, convention centers, stadiums and exhibit halls. Part of Herrera's job is to go from venue to venue training staff to identify potential security threats. "Physical security measures in place are only as good as the people manning them," he said.

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