Nonsense security

“At the John Hancock Center, handbags are carefully scrutinized in the lobby, but cars are admitted to the adjacent parking lot with barely a second look… Let’s turn our lobbies back into public spaces. Let’s stop scaring the daylights out of people and stop telling people that they’re coming to work in a dangerous place.” Developer and building manager J. Paul Beitler on ill-advised security measures taken at downtown office buildings since September. Making someone sign in before getting into an elevator won’t stop a dedicated thief or assassin, and cafe bombings in Jerusalem notwithstanding, automobiles generally pose a greater security risk than pedestrians or bicyclists. So why scrutinize backpacks but not trunks?