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Risk UK Comment: Lessons can be learned from Boston

by Brian Sims

The recent terror attack in Boston, and the subsequent lock-down and man-hunt for the perpetrators, serve to remind the entire risk management industry that every event delivers some important lessons. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and whilst it can be applied to a wide range of situations, it seems that there are many people out there who enjoy nothing more than picking over the facts” once hindsight is applied” when incidents are related to security and safety. The tragic events during the Boston Marathon were unexpected, and the law enforcement agencies seemingly had no intelligence to make them suspect that an incident might occur. The typical security arrangements were in place for a sporting event of that type, with no apparent reason to suspect that extra levels of security would be required. Whilst it transpires that one of the perpetrators had been quizzed by the FBI’

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