Martyn’s Law, as the Protect Duty Legislation has become known, sprang from the attack in May ’17 on the Manchester Arena by an Islamist extremist suicide bomber. The attack as people left the arena after an Ariana Grande concert, injured 139 and killed 23, amongst them 29-year-old Martyn Hett.
His mother, Figen Murray, has since campaigned for new legislation requiring businesses, events and venues to wise up on counter terrorism in a bid to improve public security. This includes assessing the risks for terrorist activities, identifying weak points and mitigating against them.
Such mitigation includes improving security measures both at the venue itself and within a mile of it where increased crowds – such as at a sporting, music or festival event – could be at risk. This need not be expensive or complex – a simple search policy can work wonders – but manual searches of people and bags can be slow, inefficient and open to interpretation. Ultimately this can add to the risk factor as visitors become impatient, agitated and sometimes defensive or hostile in the face of delayed throughput and, potentially, more lengthy searching.
As global security solutions specialists, we at RedteQ are on a mission to bring aviation standard checkpoint security to sectors where public safety is also at risk.
We were proud to be part of the team securing the safety of athletes, officials and spectators at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Here we helped install more than 140 baggage xray machines and provided 24-hour cover in case of equipment failure, responding and fixing issues within an hour on the odd occasion they occurred.
Security equipment such as that used at the Games offers high throughput and reliability keeping queues moving while providing organisers with the peace of mind that searches are being effectively conducted.
This screening process can now be further improved with the addition of specialist artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Provided by See True, this automated imaging analysis technology is programmed to identify weapons from all angles and flag up their presence within milliseconds. Easy to use, it requires no specialist training and, at a time when recruitment within the security and hospitality sectors is at crisis point, can help reduce staffing requirements.
However, we recognise that while the risk of attack at lesser high-profile music and sporting events than the Commonwealth Games may still be considerable, budgets for screening equipment are not. This is why, at RedteQ, we offer for rent airport standard security screening equipment that has been refurbished and upgraded for a fraction of the price it would cost to buy from new or outright.
The equipment is available for long, or short term, hire. Last year we provided screening equipment for two days for the Glasgow hotel accommodating the Prime Minister of India during the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). As well as supplying, installing and dismantling the equipment, we also provided 24-hour technical support in case of equipment fault or failure.
Our refurbished rental equipment can enable you to meet the requirements of Martyn’s Law providing efficient, reliable screening and peace of mind at an affordable cost. In the case of long-term rentals, your monthly hire fee even includes full service and maintenance support.
To explore the options on offer to ensure you get the equipment you need, for the job it’s needed for, at the best terms available, give us a call on 0800 161 5512 or click here to get in touch.