Security for Olympic games has been a major concern since the Munich Games of 1972, when eleven Israeli competitors were killed by Arab guerrillas who wanted the release of Arab prisoners held in Israel.
GV Olympic village sign and security police stopping vehicles at entrance
SV Security guards and vehicles allowed to enter village
SV NY State policeman stopping vehicle and talking to driver (driver says he's Canadian attache who has to go in and get accreditation...and policeman tells him which way to go)
CU Pinkerton Special Services shoulder flash ZOOM OUT TO Security guards inside building
SV Police checking arrivals in accreditation department troops
SV Man hands over personal belongings before entering metal detector
SV Man handing over belongings before entering metal detector which still
CU PAN FROM TV Camera TO Security guards monitoring sets
SV Parcels placed into X-ray machine
SV Showing TV picture of goods going through screen PAN DOWN TO Parcels leaving machine and being stacked
CU PAN Photographer's official pass ZOOM OUT TO Guard filling in details on form (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT TO Double wire fence around Olympic Village
CU NY State police shoulder flash and patrol entering car and departing (2 shots)
SV State police helicopter taking off over village (2 shots)
DRIVER: "I'm the Canadian Attache. I have to go in and get accreditation."
POLICEMAN: "Do you know where to go?"
POLICEMAN: "You go through, then turn to the left".
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Background: Security for Olympic games has been a major concern since the Munich Games of 1972, when eleven Israeli competitors were killed by Arab guerrillas who wanted the release of Arab prisoners held in Israel. At the Lake Placid winter Olympics next month security will be very tight around the Olympic village. However it is reported that once inside, the athletes will enjoy all the freedom and privacy they could desire.
SYNOPSIS: The Olympic Village deep in the Adirondack hills outside Lake Placid, is encircled by two twelve feet high sensitized fences and surrounded by buried anti intrusion devices. More than one thousand New York State and Federal law enforcement officials, forest rangers and a large private security company, Pinkertons, are already involved in making and keeping the village safe.
Hiring the services of a private security firm like Pinkertons is a first in Olympic security.
There are only two entrances into the thirty-five acre village. Each time anyone enters he will not only need special credentials, but must pass through a metal detection area, similar to those in airports. This will apply equality to athletes, coaches, officials and medical personnel.
Employees at the village will all be carefully screened for security risks.
During the Olympics, Lake Placid will open its streets, shops, homes and hotels to fifty-one thousand visitors a day. In normal times the village has only twenty-seven hundred residents with twelve police.
At Lake Placid the security staff will aim at taking every precaution without causing oppression. The Winter Games in Innsbruck and Summer Games at Montreal were criticised for having soldiers and arms too much in evidence.
State Police Inspector Nicholas Giangualano, head of security planning, has said that athletes from countries which might be targets for violence will receive special protection.
The New York State police are co-ordinating the huge security operation, and patrol dogs are already sniffing the area for explosives and weapons. Athletes are expected to spend much of their off-time in the Olympic Village, and no visitors will be allowed in, unless invited. However, competitors will have complete freedom to come and go out of the village.
The construction cost allowed for the Olympic Village is twenty-five million dollars, but that includes the cost of reverting it to a Federal Correctional institution once the Games are over.