Whether you are planning a début band gig or you are running a high end event for charity, it is important to have adequate security upon entering the event, or at least on the door if your event is in a venue.
There is a need for first class security regardless of whether this is an open event or a ticketed event, as even charitable events can fall victim to acts of vandalism and even terrorism, depending on what you are supporting.
Adequate security makes sure your performers, your event venue and your guests remain safe and secure, with access to first-aid systems and telecommunications in the event of an emergency.
It is important to have sufficient security available, particularly if alcohol is involved or present at your event, as things can sometimes get heated, even if nobody is hurt in the end.
The Various Crowd Control Systems
If your event is high-end or on a large scale, you’ll need some sort of crowd control system, or a way to make a note of the attendance level at that event.
It is essential for fire, and health and safety reasons, plus on a more positive note, it is beneficial for marketing purposes if you want to get an idea of the popularity of the event or you want to run a report on the occasion.
Ticketed – This is a basic crowd control system.
People buy tickets online or on the door, without which they cannot enter the event. You could also have a glow in the dark stamp for guests should they wish to exit and re-enter the event, meaning that they don’t have to show their ticket once more at the door.
Badge – This is often used for conventions and conferences.
Guests have a company badge name, normally a credit card sized badge which can be worn around the neck or attached to an item of clothing.
These will have been paid for in advance and collected at the start of the event.
1 in 1 out systems – Somewhat crude but still efficient means of securing a crowd.
Limit your event to a certain number of attendees, with a bouncer at the door (or entrance) to prevent entry unless someone else leaves. This is normally only used for clubs and some music events.
Plastic barriers are a great way of policing entry into the event, and setting up sensible queues for the event.
For example, if you have a guest speaker, you may want to protect their stage by using plastic barriers, or if they are signing papers later on in the day, plastic barriers can be used to keep signature lines in check.
These barriers can be bought or hired from a number of establishments both online and via telephone. The barriers come in a selection of sizes and can be reinforced by adding concrete weights to the base of them, which is particularly helpful during rainy outside events or occasions where guests are likely to start getting a little rowdy.
Personal security is always recommended at any high-end event.
Bouncers on the door to prevent or to question entry may seem a little excessive, but if you have any guest speakers or visitors who have travelled from afar and have taken time out of busy schedules to grace the event, this will often be a must.
Celebrity guests may not even attend an event that does not have sufficient security, so security guards must be well trained and able to break up fights or detain people if necessary.
The important thing to remember, as with any type of security is that some guests will have a problem with the security put in place that is designed to increase their safety and enjoyment of the event. However the repercussions of an incident taking place where security is not present to police it, are far too high and at the end of the day it is far better to be safe than to be sorry.
Article supplied by Mike James of www.maltaward.co.uk, a civil engineering contractors based in the South East of England and specialising in construction services for over 30 years.