An intruder entered Buckingham Palace at 2 a.m. this morning while the Queen was asleep just a few feet away. The Sun revealed the man, 22, easily scaled the fence of the building to get inside the 93-year-old Queen’s home, where he attempted to bang down the doors of the residence. It took police about four minutes to apprehend the intruder while they tried to figure out if the intruder was armed.
This intrusion seems to be a copycat of a very similar intrusion over 30 years ago. As Fox News reports, the previous intrusion was when “unemployed labourer Fagan scaled the walls and entered the Queen’s bedroom. As the 31-year-old schizophrenic began to tell his monarch about his family problems, she pushed the panic button by her bed but got no response. She then telephoned the switchboard but the operator thought it was another member of staff playing a joke and replied: ‘Yes, dear, you’re the Queen, we’ll send someone up!’ Fagan smashed a large glass ashtray and threatened to slash his wrists as he sat on the end of the Queen’s bed. It was the Queen’s long-time aide Paul Whybrew – still employed by the Queen to this day – who came to the rescue.
He returned with the corgis and as the Queen called him in he saw Fagan and began talking to him. Paul offered him a drink and then, when his guard was down, manhandled him outside where a maid fetched a policeman.”
In my book SHEEP NO MORE; The Art Of Awareness And Attack Survival, I teach ad nauseam that in order to build the best defenses, you must study the target from the attackers’ point of view first. Only then will you truly be able to determine the targets critical areas, critical times, exploitable vulnerabilities, and attackers avenues of approach.
It appears that Buckingham Palace is in need of a fresh threat assessment, as this is the second time in 30 years someone has made it into the vicinity of Queen Elizabeth’s bedroom. Unacceptable, and a problem that could be fixed with a pair of fresh eyes and some very cheap but reliable security devices, such as perimeter motion sensors that react with light and sound, along with reliable cameras and camera operators. Bottom line, this should have never happened, and the security team needs to realize that there is no greater technology to stop an attacker than an aware human.