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What advantage does UT have to spot terrorism?

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) One day after the deadly Manchester bombing, officials say Utah has an edge few states have when it comes to preventing attacks. 

Fifteen years after Utah hosted the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, law enforcement says that experience continues to provide the state with an advantage, after it was successfully held just months after September 11. 

That being said, there are things you can do to keep your family safe. 

“[The Manchester bombing] was honestly horrifying. As a parent of a young daughter, I automatically go into that realm of, ‘what if’,” Melissa Boden said. 

“It does cross my mind. I think I’m a little more cautious about things now,” Hannah McCord said. 

“As vigilant as we are working and sharing information, terrorists at times will be successful. We dread that and it always breaks our hearts,” Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires said. 

Commissioner Squires said everyone plays a critical role in preventing an attack: speak up if you see suspicious activity. 

“It may be something that is connected to something else that they’re not aware of,” Commissioner Squires said. 

State officials outline eight ways to spot terrorism in a video re-released Tuesday morning after the bombing.

Even with the possible threat, Squires said it is important for Utahns to keep terrorism in perspective. 

“I think just be conscientious. But I don’t agree you should allow fear to dictate the love of opportunity and going out and enjoying your time with your family,” Boden said.

The spokesperson for the Vivint Smart Home Arena said once the $120 million renovation is completed this fall, the security setup will be different. Frank Zang said organizers kept fan security in mind during the planning process. 

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