New survey claims 40% of Brits scared to attend events following heightened security risks

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Four in 10 people now fear for their safety at public events like music concerts and Christmas markets, in the wake of recent terror attacks according to new research by ATG Access, a supplier of road blockers, bollards and vehicle barrier systems.

A new report conducted by ATG Access, found that these worries are so high for some people that it’s preventing them from attending public events altogether.

The survey of 1,000 people found 29% said they would not now go to large events taking place in the UK due to concerns around the levels of security in place.

Two-fifths (41%) of people also said they wouldn’t attend events if they think they would be over crowded, through fear that it would be harder to leave if an incident were to happen.

Residents in London and the West Midlands are most worried about event safety, with 46% of people in each region expressing this concern.

This is also echoed in the North West (42%) – where attacks have recently taken place – and in Northern Ireland (41%) and Scotland (37%).

Concerns around overcrowding are at the highest in the East Midlands (57%), followed by London (46%), the South East (46%), Wales (44%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (40%).

The study was conducted as part of ATG Access’ ‘Protecting the future of multifunctional cities’ report, which looks at how cities in the UK are being transformed into bustling multi-functional spaces, and the obstacles that are preventing public events from taking place.

Gavin Hepburn, sales and marketing director at ATG Access, said: “While there are numerous benefits to hosting events, there are of course some concerns that need addressing. Unfortunately, the worries around security come as little surprise given the increased number of terrorist attacks we have seen on our streets over recent years, with busy areas and tourist attractions often becoming the targets. Reservations around overcrowding are also connected to this, due to the increased difficulties of monitoring hundreds if not thousands of people in one busy area at the same time.

“These worries must be considered by event organisers when planning out the venue, entrance points and layout of the location to make sure that visitors can enjoy the event comfortably. Robust security measures should be put in place at all major events to mitigate against potential attacks and create a greater sense of safety for visitors. This could be through deploying more security personnel on the ground or installing physical security solutions, such as bollards or barriers.”

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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