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Security spike demand not expected after bombing

WHILE Saturday’s bombing of a Bali nightclub has made a lot of Australians rethink safety issues, security companies are not expecting a huge spike in demand for their services.

That demand spike came in the months following last year’s terrorist attacks on the US.

Chubb Protective Services managing director George Chin said the Australian public had demanded a higher level of security in public places since September 11.

He said Chubb had employed 1,000 more security officers than it had expected in the year following the attacks in the US.

“People expect more stringent security controls and there has been a significant increase in the employment of security officers to provide protection for people and assets,” Mr Chin said.

“Interestingly the demand for manpower has increased significantly more than the demand

for additional electronic security such as cameras, although this type of protection is also on the increase.”

OAM Investigations managing partner Bob Hunter said there had been a knee-jerk reaction to assess security needs post September 11.

“People who thought they had threats put in place some measures then,” he said.

“There will probably a similar reaction from this [the Bali attacks] but not to the same degree.”

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