Eurovision 2024: Bomb dogs search hotels in Malmö, ahead of Eurovision!

As the Eurovision contest draws closer, security precautions in Malmö have escalated. Hotel guests have been informed that their rooms will undergo searches by bomb-sniffing dogs during the day, according to reports from TV4 News.

The police have confirmed that the event area in and around Malmö Arena will be thoroughly searched using bomb-detection dogs as part of the comprehensive security efforts. Jimmy Modin, the press spokesperson for Skåne Police, clarified:

“It’s not a question of any threat or the like, but we will do this continuously throughout the period that the event is ongoing, starting today.”

Additionally, guests at Malmö Arena Hotel and Malmö Live will have their bags scanned using systems similar to those found at airport security checkpoints. However, the police declined to provide further details about this aspect of their security operations.

“We don’t comment on the details of our work on security for Eurovision!”

TV4 News previously highlighted the rigorous security protocols surrounding Eurovision in Malmö. These measures include the use of reinforcement weapons (equivalent to submachine guns), a ban on bags at the events, and the installation of alarm bars at various entrances.

In conjunction with these efforts, the police are also employing camera surveillance to prevent criminal activity during Eurovision. Jimmy Lindin, head of the camera section in Skåne Police, emphasized the benefits of this technology:

“Through the cameras, we can quickly get a picture of the situation and interrupt criminal acts. What the cameras register is also of great benefit to us when we investigate and hold people accountable for crimes that have been committed.”

The increased camera surveillance is concentrated in key areas, including Malmö Live, Malmö Arena, and Folkets Park. Temporary camera installations on building facades and the use of police drones equipped with cameras further enhance security. Mobile camera trailers are strategically positioned to supplement permanent surveillance efforts.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding this year’s Eurovision Song Contest to be held this May in Malmö, Sweden!

Source: TV4
Photo: Gustav Röriksson/TV4

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