Worldwide, the population is exploding and estimates project that the global population could reach 10 billion by the year 2050. People are flocking to urban areas, drawn to the benefits of richer job opportunities, public transportation, solid education options and greater cultural diversity.
According to recent reports, in 2010, 82 percent of Americans lived in cities; by 2050 it will be 90 percent. The continued migration to metropolitan areas challenges officials to rethink municipal safety and security strategies.
Business opportunities expand as city populations grow; but unfortunately, so does criminal activity. Cities face a wide range of risks, from petty theft and violent assault, to arson and acts of terrorism. City administrators and security teams have the vast and complex task of securing a sprawling modern metropolis. Cyber threats also threaten safety and security.