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In this Spanish language interview, Clark Pena, a consultant for Security USA, a security and bodyguard company located in mid-town Manhattan discusses the most important security lesson from the Boston Marathon bombing, which is, "if you see something, say something," or "si usted ve algo extraña , repórtelo." Had the knapsacks containing the explosives been found before they detonated, the entire tragedy could have been avoided.
Security USA's Clark Pena discusses the importance of vigilance in preventing tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing. In the current environment, where terrorists are on watch for "soft targets," including public places and events with minimal security, the ability to identify suspicious packages on a timely basis is of the utmost importance. We can't just leave it all up to the police and professional security agents. All of us need to keep our eyes open and watch for packages, knapsacks and other objects that could be hiding explosives and are somewhere that they don't belong.
While, "if you see something, say something," makes a catchy slogan, it is also the best advice for the average citizen to help keep themselves and the people around them safe. This is an important lesson, not just for Boston, and not just for marathons, but for every public place and event. Americans value their privacy and freedom to move about unencumbered by extreme security measures, but we all have to do our part to help law enforcement to deal with objects that could potentially pose a major public threat.
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