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Posters, police and the public: how counter-terror measures change our lives

Whether it be posters on the Tube network or metal detectors at museums, counter-terror measures are everywhere. And, contrary to what some may believe, they can actually reassure us

By Brooke Rogers  

Different counter-terror posters. Photo: Prospect composite

We live in a landscape of pop-up security measures. Exactly two months passed between the ramming and knife attack on Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, and last week’s suicide bomb on a crowded arena in Manchester. In both cases, we saw our public vista change significantly in the immediate wake of both attacks.

The most noticeable changes were an increased security presence made up of armed police and, more recently, an increased military presence on our streets.

Other indicators of the threat…

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