GTD reports no significant increase in risk of terrorism during Olympics

The Global Terrorism Database recently announced that based on statistics, there is no significant increase in the risk of terrorism during the Olympics.

The comment came after Russia increased security in the Caucasus region due to recent concerns over terrorism during this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Homeland Security News Wire reports.

"There's no consistent pattern that indicates terrorism goes up or down during Olympics," GTD program manager Erin Miller said, according to Homeland Security News Wire.

The GTD is a project of the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, based at the University of Maryland. It is an open-source database that has stored information on terrorism incidents from 1970 through 2012. The database is the largest of its type and includes data on both domestic and international terrorist incidents.

The GTD stores detailed information on at least 45 variables for each incident, including the date and location of the event, the weapons used, type of target, number of casualties and party responsible - if that information is available.

The database has stored data on more than 113,000 terrorist incidents, including more than 52,000 bombings, 14,400 assassination and 5.600 kidnappings. The project is headed by 12 terrorism research experts and it is currently the most complete unclassified database on terrorism in the world.