How To Stay Safe at Large Special Events
Today, special event security is more important than ever before. There have been a number of disturbing tragedies at large events over the recent years, including the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the Las Vegas shooting at a country music festival in 2017. Large crowds have become targets for those who want to wreak havoc and execute a violent attack in a public setting.
Event organizers have a vital task on their hands. They need to be more aware than ever before of potential security threats to their guests and employees at large events. Organizers need to seek the best special event security company to help them cover their bases and provide the protection, safety and peace of mind that event attendees need and deserve.
The Risks of Large Crowds
Large gatherings and events like concerts, outdoor music festivals, sporting events, rallies or speeches can be full of energy, fun and community. They can also pose serious risks to the safety of those in attendance. Some of the most common risks associated with large crowds include:
- Unruly event attendees
- Surging crowds leading to trampling or crushing
- Malfunctioning or collapse of equipment or structures
Before attending a large event, you should consider how you would protect yourself from the common threats listed above. It might not seem that an individual could do much to stop a crowd. Although you might not be able to prevent a stampede or surging crowd, you can arm yourself with the knowledge to protect yourself and help others to do the same.
How to Stay Safe in a Large Crowd
Research the Event Beforehand
Do your homework before attending a large event. Go to the event webpage or forum to read through the FAQs. Research the layout of the event, including the location of all entrances and exits. Identify which security measures event organizers have put in place and learn what items you can and cannot bring into the event.
If you are attending with others, research a meeting point in case anyone gets separated from the group and cell phone service is spotty.
Stay Aware and Focused
Large events like concerts or festivals are great places to unwind. However, they can also be places where the use of substances like drugs and alcohol can be prevalent. In order to stay safe, it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings and of suspicious behavior, and to changes in the crowd dynamic. When you are alert and aware, you’re less likely to become the victim of an assault.
Be Alert to Suspicious Behavior
Large crowds can seem like moving organisms with minds of their own. With all that business, it can be difficult to see when someone is acting strangely. Large events with immense crowds attract people who want to steal or do harm to others. Be on the lookout for behavior that seems atypical. Some examples of suspicious behavior include:
- Surveillance of groups or individuals
- Overdressing for the weather
- A large or out of place backpack or other bag
- The use of binoculars unnecessarily
- Lingering in or near restricted or VIP areas
- Taking photos of people they do not know
Be Patient with Others
Large groups are often breeding grounds for pushing, shoving or otherwise rowdy social behavior. Adding in alcohol can often exacerbate the issue and create an environment of people who may test your patience. Although the unruly behavior of others may be annoying or even dangerous, it is important to handle them with patience in order to avoid a potentially violent physical altercation.
If there is someone who should be removed from the premises, it is better to find your nearest professional security guard to handle the issue than to attempt to take control of the matter of yourself.
Dress Smart and Be Prepared
A well-run event will have an impeccable exit security strategy for their guests at the end of the event. However, this does not always go as planned. Be ready for a lengthy exit line or for a surging rush of the crowd. Be prepared for changing weather and be sure to keep your mobile device charged in the event of an emergency. Have water and any medications you may need on hand.
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If you are an event organizer, the security of your attendees is your number one priority. Ensure that you are providing them with the utmost safety and security available by partnering with Off Duty Officers for your professional private event security needs. Our team is available to help you explore the security threats for your event and identify the most comprehensive security program that will meet your needs and your budget.
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