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Wake up! Boston bombings a call for renewed citizen vigilance

Ray Cavanagh | April 30, 2013
The Boston tragedy marked the first time since September 11, 2001 that a terrorism-related explosion causing death, injury and destruction had occurred on American soil.

However, even the most advanced technology needs a human component. That human component not only includes security guards and police forces performing their duties, but private citizens as well. It is the responsibility of every man, woman and child to keep their eyes and ears open for anything unusual and to alert the proper authorities when necessary.

Terrorism has continually reared its ugly head all throughout human history, so it's unlikely we've seen the last of it. If the authorities were armed with thousands of guards and the most advanced security technology at all times, they could still protect the public only so much. While the public is on edge at the moment, time will pass and anxiety will once again ease into complacency.

To better anticipate, thwart and reduce threats, we all must work together and remember to always remain vigilant, not just at times immediately after an incident occurs. To assist and support is our first and last resort of true security. So after evaluating the situation, we now must ask, did what happened in Boston wake Americans up?

Ray Cavanagh is the vice president of Crescent Guardian, Inc., a national security firm and integrator with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas and New Orleans.

 

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