Without the correct security in place, many events would simply be a disaster. The bottom line is, the safety of guests is dependent on how strong the security of that event is. Whether it is a large-scale football game or a high-end business conference, trained security specialists are needed to ensure the safety of both the attendees and staff working. So why is security important when managing an event?
The importance of security at events
Appropriate security is one of the most important factors to consider when organising an event, as not having it can result in devastating consequences. This could be injuries, damage to property or – in the worst case – fatalities. Having effective security at your event helps to deter crime as it shows that any unjustified behaviour will not be tolerated. It also acts as a warning to criminals or anyone looking to wreck the event that they will be dealt with. Any event – big or small – has the potential to get out of hand; by having a strong security team on-site, it means that good crowd management can be put in place and any situations diffused quickly and professionally. It also provides guests with the peace of mind that they are safe – enabling them to feel at ease and enjoy their night. Security staff can also help anyone find their seats and provide the guests with someone to turn to if they require any help during the event. Event security teams are briefed comprehensively on the protocols in the event of an emergency; although risks can be planned for, things like terror attacks and natural disasters are possible. Therefore, emergency plans need to be put in place to effectively mitigate any dangerous situations.
The consequences of poor security
The level of risk is substantially increased when an event has poor security, planning, management, safety and emergency response protocols. So it is important that both event safety and security is tailored to each specific event – for example, the amount of security needed will be different according to the type of event. A business networking conference will pose different challenges to a world heavyweight boxing fight at Wembley stadium, so appropriate resources and protocols will need to be planned accordingly. Risks can be posed during any event at any time and things like injuries, damage to property, security threats, loss of reputation and disruptions can arise when they have not been correctly assessed.
How to ensure safety at events
When organising an event, it is important to ensure you have covered all aspects; you must consider whether you have the right amount of staff, how big the crowd is going to be and what type of event is being held. Event planning should begin months in advance to ensure everything has been covered. The first thing to consider is the type of security team you will be hiring – it’s important to bring on-board an experienced and professional event security partner. Once your team is together you’ll work on assessing risks. A risk assessment should be carried out to identify any safety concerns or threats that could be posed and put the right things in place to help minimise the chance of them occurring. It is also vital to know your audience, the types of people that will be attending and how many – this helps to identify how the crowd is likely to behave. An emergency plan should also be put together in the case of a dangerous event – for example, terror attacks, natural disasters or a fire emergency. The goal of a security plan is to allow you to be prepared for anything that could occur during an event.
It is easy to see that effective security is vital when conducting an event; without it there can be catastrophic consequences. The main priority of event security is to keep everyone safe; this is done by extensive coordination and communication to ensure everyone knows what to do in the case of an emergency and how to maintain control throughout.
Our staff here at Newman Event Services hold a strong, in-depth knowledge of the event security sector and our main priority is to keep you and your event safe. For more information regarding our security services, contact us today on 01295 722844 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.