The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have issued security bulletins regarding “terrorist interest” in attacking stadiums, arenas and hotels. The bulletins–which were sent to law enforcement agencies on Monday–did not detail any specific threat but warned that terrorists groups such as al Qaeda view crowded stadiums and hotels as attractive targets. A spokesperson for the department stated that it was prudent to raise the security awareness of local law enforcement. Tactics for attacks for attacking such venues have often included improvised explosive devices and car bombs.
Soft targets like entertainment venues and hotels have traditionally been favored targets of terrorists overseas because they are easy to access. It is only a matter of time before such an incident happens here in the U.S, simply because it is relatively easy to pull off. I would also include transportation hubs for buses and trains, because, unlike airports they have very little security.
The bulletin advises hotel owners in particular to install fencing or walls around their buildings and populated areas as well as implementing random screening. The fences will help prevent terrorist from driving right onto the property, but doesn’t do a lot to deter terrorists who walk into hotels or arenas or who are there as guests or ticketed patrons. Although guests may not like being searched on their way into venues like these, random screening has become a necessity. Hopefully this warning will be taken seriously and these steps will be implemented.