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Physical security and the 14 February terrorist attacks in Copenhagen

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Copenhagen was shaken on 14 February 2015 when presumed perpetrator Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein (“presumed” because he was killed in a shootout before he could be questioned or tried) attacked two separate locations: Krudttønden, a cultural center in the Østerbro area where the Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks participated in a public debate, and the Jewish synagogue in the city center where a Bar Mitzvah celebration was taking place. Two persons were shot to death and four others were wounded.

In this blog, we take a look at the attacks from the point of view of physical security experts – a perspective which, in our opinion, has been strangely lacking from the many debates and inquiries since the attacks.

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5 myths about physical security and buildings, and the realities you need to know

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Even though we all agree that the threats on physical security have changed with technology, we don’t all concur on what we can or should do about it. In fact, many misconceptions about physical protection of buildings continue to abound.

As people who work in the business, we run into a number of misunderstandings every day. Let’s take a closer look at the top five myths about physical security and buildings, and the realities that you need to know.

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