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San Diego Turns to Drones, Other Measures to Beef Up Event Security as Shootings and Terrorism Increase
Law enforcement and security contractors have to worry a lot more about security at events now than they used to.
by George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune
TNS — Send in the drones.
Along with 3-D mapping and a beefed-up police presence that can include officers armed with assault rifles, the growing use of drones is just one of the enhanced security measures some outdoor concert venues in San Diego have enacted in the wake of last fall’s Route 91 Harvest festival massacre in Las Vegas.
The timing is sound. Security measures have been refined and enhanced as San Diego’s already busy summer concert season is about to heat up even more, starting with this weekend’s opening of the San Diego County Fair.
The goal could be life-saving.
On Oct. 1, a lone gunman in Las Vegas shot and killed 58 people — including a San Diego attorney — from his hotel room in the adjoining Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. An additional 851 people were injured at the country-music festival.
The tragedy in Nevada followed a suicide-bombing that killed 22 people at pop vocal star Ariana Grande’s May 2017 arena concert in Manchester, England, and 18 months after 90 people died in a terrorist attack during the rock band Eagles of Death Metal’s 2016 show at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.