MadMan (themadman) wrote,

Mall and hotel "security"

As expected, shopping malls and hotels now appear to be increasing their security by making you stop your cars and checking in your boot for explosives and arms.

I guess the terrorists will now find it harder to carry out their activities.

OK, who are we kidding? The majority of the "security" business in this country is laughable. They are more for casual deterrence than any real security. C'mon, these fellas get paid 3000-4000 per month. They come from some village for a job, get put into a uniform, and thrown into an office or mall. If it's a half-decent agency, they might give them some basic lessons on how to maintain an attendance register and seat guests. All those 20 year olds or 60 year olds you see at bank ATMs... they're not going to put any credible defence against anything more than a drunk guy. I could blow hard on some of them and they'd fall over. I asked my last agency's guards (a well-known player in the market) whether they got any self-defence lessons, and they said no. If somebody comes with just a hockey stick, those guys are going to be useless.

Which is why it annoys the hell out of me to see all the pointless security theatre in hotels and malls. While I wait for some clueless guy to look at the underside of my car, I try to think of all the ways I could create havoc in that place if I were a terrorist.. the number is frightening. Observe the procedures for one day and you can figure out numerous ways to smuggle in bombs, weapons... pretty much anything. Do those guards even know what to look for? Do they know that C4 looks like modelling clay and can be just tossed into your glove compartment? Or that using a metal detector inside a hunk of metal known as a car is ridiculous?

No, they have next to no training. They've just been told to look under your car with a mirror and look in the boot. Perhaps they expect to find one of those movie bombs with big red digital timers.

It's like copy-protection and product activation in software. The pirates crack the package anyway, and all it does is annoy legitimate users. Similarly, all this "checking" in malls and hotels only irritates genuine customers and visitors. Troublemakers - at least the ones with an IQ above 90 - will find one of the ways out that are readily apparent.

The problem is that some people might actually believe they're safer now. The reality is very different.
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