Event security is one of the most important factors for anyone who is planning an event.
With summer on our doorstep, it means that there are hundreds, if not thousands of sporting events and music festivals taking place up and down the country. This ultimately means that as well as your business and employees’ safety, you’re also responsible for Joe Public attending the event in question.
With the rise in the number of threats not only at events but outside event grounds, now, more than ever means that event security is a hot topic.
But of course, it’s not just high-profile sporting events and festivals that require event security. Conferences, corporate events, VIP events, concerts, and both small and large-scale events require tight security, especially in light of recent security breaches. Take a look at our tips for choosing the right event security.
Our Top 5 Event Security Tips
- Opt for an all-in-one solution
Whilst you could get yourself one or two event security guards to help with your event, your best bet would be to hire a security company that has a professional and experienced team who can manage all elements of your event security on your behalf. From licensed door supervisors and trained stewards to account managers, you won’t have to worry about dealing with the security detail.
- Choose a security team with a range of skills
This might sound like a no-brainer, but choosing a security team that has the necessary experience to help look after your event is essential. If your event is a large-scale sporting affair, then you’ll need a team who can manage and control crowds and search for potential threats. If your business event is smaller but requires dealing with VIPs and dignitaries, then your event security team will need to be able to work with a different type of clientele.
- Good communication is key
We don’t mean ensuring that your event security team know when and where they should be. In this particular instance, we’re referring to how well your security team communicates with you guests! Depending on your event, you’ll need to rely on the communication skills of your event security. From the moment that your guests or attendees arrive at the event, to the moment they leave, (as well as anything else that requires the intervention of event security during the event itself) will require staff who can conform to your needs and requirements. Ensuring that the team can deal with clients, guests and attendees in a professional manner is a must!
- Plan, plan and then plan some more
The great thing about dealing with an experienced and highly skilled security company is that you’ll have total peace of mind when it comes to the planning and running of your event. A good security company worth their salt will be able to help you plan your event down to the tiniest detail. More often than not, it can be easy to overlook certain details. So working with a dedicated security company will mean that an account manager will be on hand to ensure that all elements of event security are covered. And whilst you won’t be able to plan for the unforeseeable, your account manager will be able to access any potential risks and work out the best way to protect you from any issues.
- Ensure that your event security team has the right licenses
You’ll want to ensure that any event security team, or company that you work for one off, or ongoing events with complies with all the necessary accreditations and licenses. All professional and fully trained teams will comply with the BS ISO 9001 standard, which forms the basis of most company’s quality procedures, and additionally BS 7858 and BS 7499 which is the British Standard.
Running an event can be complicated. Don’t let poorly handled event security be the reason your guests and attendees remember your event. Follow our top tips to event success!