Does Your Event Need Security Guards?
If you are planning an event, you must prepare for anything. Any time large groups of people gather, there is a higher risk of a security threat. Many event operators focus on all of the other components of an event, leaving security to the end. And unfortunately, that often means that security gets a small percentage of the budget.
However, event security needs to be taken seriously. Professional security companies can provide services that give event managers the peace of mind that they are giving attendees the best possible experience without compromising their security. No matter what type of event you are planning, a qualified event security team will help ensure the safety of your guests and other valuable assets.
Does Your Event Need Security?
Not every event requires security guards on the premises. Medium to large events, and especially those with high-profile guests, would benefit from on-site security personnel. Some of the most common events where security guards are present include:
- Political rallies
- Trade shows
- Red carpets
- Corporate events
- Grand openings
To determine if security guards are necessary for your next event, you must first identify your risks. Some events naturally pose a higher risk than others. For example, an intimate family wedding likely poses less of a risk than a trade show showcasing valuable merchandise. Event operators are encouraged to assess their level of risk by considering some of the following questions:
- Will there be high-profile guests at the event?
- Is the individual or organization hosting the event high-profile?
- Do you expect protestors or unruly guests?
- Will alcohol be served?
- Will there be media in attendance?
- Does the event venue pose any specific security vulnerabilities?
5 Tips for Keeping Your Event Safe
Keep security visible.
Security guards are trained to combat threats, but their primary objective is to prevent threats in the first place. Security personnel should be highly visible and make their presence known in an appropriate way throughout the event. Not only does this increase feelings of safety for guests, but it deters criminals from even attempting to perpetrate a crime.
Screen your staff.
It’s an unfortunate reality that many crimes occur at the hands of staff or those with valid access to an event. Event operators must choose their vendors wisely by requiring background checks, referrals and in-person interviews to ensure that all staff on the premises is trustworthy and professional. Event producers should also empower their staff members to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior among their fellow workers and to report it to the event manager immediately.
Maintain strict security checkpoints.
Security checkpoints at your event allow you to screen guests for unwanted items and potentially dangerous weapons and drugs. It also acts as a central location where all those who are attempting to enter the venue must show valid credentials for access, such as a ticket or staff identification. Security checkpoints also deter those who are not credentialed from attempting to enter the premises. Ideally, the checkpoint should be a distance away from the main entrance to allow space to subdue a trespasser before they can enter the venue.
Have a clear plan for emergencies.
If an emergency does occur, there should be a clear emergency plan in place. The plan should be communicated to all staff members, so everyone is aware of what to do in the event of a medical, fire or other emergency. The plan should cover topics such as evacuation, active shooter situations and fire events. It should also provide contact information for event managers and emergency police and medical personnel.
Hire professional security guards.
While any kind of security is better than none, professional security guards from a reputable security company can significantly reduce the risk of a security threat during your event. Experienced guards have the skills and training to deter crime, identify vulnerabilities in your security plan, identify suspicious items or behaviors and act if a perpetrator is attempting a crime.
Event Security Services–Off Duty Officers
For over 25 years, Off Duty Officers has been providing premier event security services for customers across the nation. Our highly trained and experienced off duty military and law enforcement personnel can be deployed to your event when and where you need them. At Off Duty Officers, we have been trusted by event producers to keep their guests safe and to protect valuable merchandise and intellectual property.
If you are hosting an event and think you may need professional security guards, do not hesitate to contact Off Duty Officers today. Our team is standing by to educate you on our services and help you identify your level of risk. We look forward to serving you!
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