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Commonwealth Games safety planning

AAP logoAAP 5/08/2016 Ed Jackson

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organisers will be closely watching security arrangements at the Rio Olympics over the next fortnight.

The Olympics begin on Saturday morning with the opening ceremony and the threat of terrorism and interpersonal crimes like robbery and kidnapping of key concern.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) security staff will analyse procedures at Rio as part of their own planning for the 2018 Games.

Already GOLDOC has confirmed it is contemplating using drones to monitor crowds.

GOLDOC chairman Peter Beattie says his team is committed to making the Games as safe as possible.

"We are looking at intelligence from around the world ... we need to assure the community we'll be safe," Mr Beattie said.

"There's ongoing examination of what is happening in Rio, there's ongoing examination of what happened in Nice, there's ongoing examination with what's happening around the world."

Mr Beattie said he makes no apologies for considering using drones to monitor crowds despite the Queensland Council of Civil Liberties expressing concern.

"This is not about invading anyone's privacy, this is about keeping people safe," he said.

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