On April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon was attacked, injuring dozens and killing three innocents. In the upcoming January 2014 issue of Tactical Weapons, author Don Aviv details specific strategies to make sure future large-scale, public events safer.

According to Aviv, “Proactive security stems from good intelligence. Security starts before any spectators even enter the event. Prior to an event, a comprehensive threat assessment should be conducted on the event. In addition, news and weather should be monitored and all relevant intelligence on risks collected, including threats related to the performers, athletes or venue. The entire venue and/or vicinity of the event should be searched for any suspicious devices, people or activity, and the use of bomb-sniffing dogs should be considered. Emergency evacuation routes and plans should be well in place and thoroughly drilled by all involved in securing the event. Garbage cans and other areas of potential concealment should be cleared or sealed.

“Plan for worst-case scenarios, such as violence by protestors, a possible terrorist attack or natural disasters, but also be thoroughly prepared to deal with ordinary crimes like pickpocketing and disorderly conduct.” To learn more public safety strategies, check out the January 2014 issue of Tactical Weapons, available on newsstands and digitally December 3, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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