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Robert Winner


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Prevention training

The latest incident at the Boston Marathon is another reminder that no country or event is exempt from violance. What can be done to minimalize the effects.

Years ago the Isreal specialists begin training the general population to be more observant. If any article is left unattended it is immediately reported to authorities.

This would not eliminate the practice but, in my opinion, would minimize the loss of life ... it is not possible to eliminate the practice but if we become aware of unattended packages we may also be aware of those who deliver the potential "bomb".

I would not wish for any member of my family, friends, or any innocent to be harmed in this manner.

I have suggested the observation training used in Isreal .... In a effort to make a safer TED community and our world as a whole what other practices would you suggest.


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    Apr 26 2013: EVERYBODY PANIC!

    General situational awareness is a good thing to have on the street or in a bar or in fact anywhere. Many more people get killed by cars mounting the pavement than bombs. Many more people get killed by drunken fights. Many more people get killed by steadily escalating domestic violence. Screaming headlines and hurry-up dummy scenarios lead to over-reaction, confusion and chaos. As anyone who stewards an event or manages a venue will know, panic leads to all sorts of trouble. There are numerous examples where a stampeding crowd at a stadium has trampled dozens to death.

    OTOH 'on the street' concerns ought to be reported -- but how, and how (say for example) the police should respond to the caller (it's MUCH more complicated than you might think) from the genuinely concerned caller's point of view needs to be discussed and illustrated with/to the general public; who after all have hundreds of eyes and ears.

    The best sort of incident is one that never becomes an incident. Somebody spots early signs and the reports to 'the authorities' are taken seriously. Just to reiterate: Violence pervades society and those that consider themselves 'Boy scout bomb-spotters' should spend a bit more time looking at people in social situations.

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