Private security at events is a task which varies based on location and the nature of the event itself. However, many elements are the same. This blog will offer up a few of our favorite tips for security at a large-scale event. These events, like concerts or sporting events, require officers to protect thousands of people at once and make sure a massive location stays as secure as possible.
To start, it's important to make sure that you and your team are as familiar with the entirety of the venue as possible. The better understanding you have of the layout, the less places there are for anyone to hide or leave anything dangerous without you noticing. creating a specialized diagram or map that marks locations you need to be aware of can be helpful, as well as setting up clear and specific boundaries and patrolling them often. Don't underestimate the tried-and-true usage of things like barricades, ropes, cones and fences.
Next, consider the context of the event you are working security for. Different events will draw different crowds, and these different crowds can have wildly different personalities and reactions. While not all risks can be accurately predicted, and this isn't a foolproof method, it can be a helpful way to consider and prepare for any possibilities. For instance, a concert aimed towards teens and younger adults will draw an incredibly different crowd from a large-scale business conference or a sporting event. Once you have an idea of the type of people who will most likely attend this event, it will be easier to pick out people who look out of place.
At large scale events, it's impossible to assess each guest on an individual level. That's why tools like metal detectors and bag checking stations can be so helpful. Not only do these deter attackers simply because of the hassle, but they also make it easier to pick out suspicious behavior. Keep an eye out for anyone who looks excessively distracted, anyone who seems overly interested in staff or anyone wandering for too long. Anyone who's genuinely lost will appreciate the help when approached.
Don't be afraid of publicizing the amount of security at an event. Make sure you and your team are wearing clear uniforms, and that security stations in checkpoints are very clearly marked. The presence of an effective security team can be enough to ward off danger, and in the event of a true emergency it makes it easier for other guests to identify who is helping so that they can be directed to safety.
In the end, your security methods will depend wholly on the venue, the type of event, and your team. These are just a few helpful tips that can be incorporated into your own security strategy to help keep civilians safe and protect large venues from emergencies.
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