A charity organization in Toronto called “The daily bread” placed fridges around the city of Toronto as a way to raise awareness of the less fortunate. The article in “TheStar.com”, talks about the fridges and indicates that “Security personnel weren’t impressed” …. ummm so what?
Who are these Security Personnel? The police, private security companies, CSIS? It doesn’t say who they are. Even if they indicate which “security personnel” why do they care? Why is it bad? Why should people not do that? Come on people, let’s think for a moment.
If bad people were going to plant a bomb, or release toxic gas or some other awful ‘terrorist’ plot, do you think they would put fridges out in the middle of public, making it obvious ‘something is different’? Or do you think they might covertly do this, making it hidden, not obvious so that no one would notice and have maximal effect? How have the terrorist attacks in the world that have happened in the last 10 years played out? Obvious or covert? Threats like Operation Alberich recently foiled in Germany are the real threats that we need to be focused on and smart investigative work by law enforcement is what uncovers them, not running around worrying about fridges. Unfortunately, these real operations take time and for obvious reasons are kept out of the public ‘eye’ until they are close to being over.
How about doing some real investigation, finding out why the fridges were put there and what the point was? How about working with these types of organizations so that when they decide to do things to raise public awareness like this, they could actually give the “Security personnel” a heads up knowing that they would be more likely to discuss logically and cooperatively then just say ‘No’.
Heck, the fridge doors were even configured so they wouldn’t latch and couldn’t be closed, so no one would get caught inside them. I suspect they were even going to come back and pick them up had it not been interpreted as a ‘security threat’.
We have to stop playing security to the lowest common denominator. We need some smart people to actually come up with and implement security that makes sense — not as part of politics, or some business venture.