Brits undaunted by security concerns as Exercise Olympic Guardian begins
A massive 37% of Brits believe that the Government is taking all necessary steps to ensure their safety during the Olympics, a new poll by HolidayExtras.com has revealed.
As details of the latest Olympic security exercise are announced, the UK’s market-leading travel add-ons company has found that a further 19% haven’t given the issue any serious thought. And 28% of customers state that they have no concerns as they do not live close to any of the Olympic venues.
However, 11% of Brits admit to being ‘really worried about a possible terrorist attack’.
Anthony Clarke Cowell, Associate Merchandising Director at HolidayExtras.com, said: “This is costing the country an astonishing amount of money so let’s hope they’ve got security under control. Most people are looking forward to the Olympics coming to Britain, but naturally there’s a bit of worry surrounding such a huge international event.”
Exercise Olympic Guardian is being held on land, sea and air in London and Weymouth between 2 and 10 May. A simulated terror attack involving more than 2,000 people was carried out on London Underground in February to test security ahead of the Games. During an earlier security test, sniffer dogs failed to detect 20 kilos of explosives at the Olympic site in Stratford, East London.
Notes to editors
HolidayExtras.com polled 5,025 customers during February 2012.
5% of customers did not give an answer.
The cost of security for the Olympics rocketed from initial estimates of £282 million to a staggering £553 million.
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