Christmas market terror threat: Brave Britons refuse to let this stop them visiting
Christmas markets will continue to attract visitors this year, as Britons say they refuse to let terrorist fears put them off their visit.
Despite the high terror threat level in the UK, which is currently “severe”, almost half of Britons say they won’t let it stop them visiting Christmas markets.
Terror attacks tend to happen in crowded places, such as attacks this year in Borough Market and Manchester Arena.
There was also an attack at a Christmas market in Berlin back in December 2016, when a truck was driven through Breitscheidplatz leaving 12 people dead.
Winter Wonderland, London: This Christmas market based in Hyde Park attracts million of visitors
However, those surveyed maintain the UK needs to continue having festive events, like Christmas markets, because they are an important part of British culture and make a stand against terror attacks.
A further 25 per cent said they were not concerned about security when they visited public events, despite this year’s terror attacks.
However, not everyone is as fearless: 22 per cent said they would attend large scale festive events on the condition organisers ensure they are secure.
The findings come from research conducted by ATG Access, a vehicle barrier company which exports to over 42 countries worldwide.
Despite the increased terror threat, it’s encouraging to see that a large number of people aren’t going to let this stop them from enjoying the upcoming Christmas festivities.
In other findings, 57 per cent said they felt more at ease with extra security measures like additional security officers,
A further 44 per cent of those surveyed said they wanted more barriers and bollards installed at event locations.
Gavin Hepburn, director at ATG Access, said: “Despite the increased terror threat, it’s encouraging to see that a large number of people aren’t going to let this stop them from enjoying the upcoming Christmas festivities.
“We have started to see more and more councils invest in security measures, such as in Manchester and Birmingham, to mitigate against potential attacks and create a greater sense of safety for festive event visitors.
Extra security measures include armed policemen
“This includes the deployment of more security personnel on the ground and installing physical security solutions, such as bollards or barriers.
“It’s about making sure that the public can continue to feel safe and enjoy organised events and activities in their local area.”
London’s Winter Wonderland, a popular Christmas market in the capital attracting millions of visitors each year, recently added extra security measures.
The event, which takes place in Hyde Park, will now be attended by armed policeman and concrete barriers in order to make the event more secure.