Developing and implementing socially acceptable security for urban crowded places

06 Mar 2019

The  growing threat of urban terrorism has necessitated that we installing protective security features in order to mitigate the impact of terror attack against ‘soft targets’. Whilst ongoing urban revitalisation has increasingly emphasised inclusivity, liveability and accessibility, these “quality of life” values often sit uneasily beside concerns to ‘design-out’ terrorism. Most recently, attacks using fast moving vehicles against crowded locations, has led to a re-evaluation of counter-terrorist protective security in cities. In a range of locations security features have been literally thrown around ‘at risk’ locations but with such an approach being seen by many as ‘disproportionate’. For some, such hyper-security leads to concerns about the exclusionary potential of counter-terrorism features in certain locations. Protective security in this sense does not provide feelings of safety and security and can have the opposite effect. Drawing on research undertaken across the globe this presentation will illuminate how we can balance effectiveness and social acceptance in counter-terrorism design.

Professor John Coaffee, Professor of Urban Geography - University of Warwick


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