Keeping Large Venues Safe

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(WBRE/WYOU) Preventing the next mass shooting is on the mind of law enforcement agencies around the country and here at home.  Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick spoke with authorities earlier today about what we can learn from these tragedies.

“I’m scared at every venue we go to because you don’t know in this day and age what people are going to do.” said Dave Basala.  Basal is head of security for the popular local country music group “The Tommy Guns Band”.

He says all he and other security officers can do is watch out for anything suspicious.

“It’s hard to pick out somebody..but you got to watch the whole crowd. People ask me if I have fun and I do. I sell a lot of apparel but I don’t have fun. I’m out trying to keep my eyes on everybody and what’s going on.”

Hazleton police Chief Jerry Speziale has worked hundreds of concerts and other large public events for four decades. Many of them in New York City..

 “We want to make sure that preparedness and planning are key. They are the key to the safety and security of any event.” noted Chief Speziale.

Speziale says the police and security have to be high profile–especially at outdoor events.

“You can’t be everywhere but you have to do your reconnaissance. You have to make sure that your venue is safe. You have to take the security to make sure they can’t bring in weapons or dangerous items.”

Basala says Las Vegas will change how security is viewed at all public events.

“This is going to really change any kind of venues from rock concerts to whatever huge changes.” Both Chief Speziale and Basala admit their is no 100 percent guarantee way to stop all attacks like the one in ls Las Vegas..Security experts urge people attending any public events to “say” something if they “see” something out of the ordinary.

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