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The question of securing safety in public places during the threat of terrorist attacks

Issue in Global Mayors Forum

Over the past couple of years, an increasing amount of cities have had to deal with the threat of terrorist attacks. In some parts of the world, such as the Middle East, terrorist attacks have been a problem for a longer period of time. As well as causing casualties, terrorist attacks can temporarily disrupt daily life. Therefore, governments have come up with measures that are aimed at preventing terrorist attacks from happening. In Brussels, for instance, a so-called ‘lockdown’ was implemented in 2015 to prevent more terrorist attacks from happening, as there was a serious safety threat to the city. The city, following the multiple attacks on the city a few days prior to the lockdown. As a result of this lockdown, which was considered extreme by some, no more terrorist attacks were reported, which potentially saved many lives. Therefore, it is important for big cities to develop plans that ensure safety in areas before, during, and following a terrorist attack. 



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