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Alcohol + people – security = scary situation.

We’ve all seen the state of city centres on a Saturday night. (Wow).

We’ve all seen the headlines. “Family home trashed after Facebook party goes wrong”, “Girl fears 21,000 party guests after Facebook invite blunder” … “£30,000 trail of destruction when 800 descend after girl advertises her party on Facebook” the list goes on!

We’ve all seen that events can get out of hand, no matter how prepared you are.

Now, we’re not claiming that we could have prevented these terribly tragic trashed house parties, but what we are saying is that when you are faced with a group of (drunk) unwanted guests, things can get nasty – fast. Sure these are the most extreme examples of events gone wrong, but the message remains the same:  sometimes events can get out of hand and on those occasions, you better believe event security guards are your best option to get things back under control – fast.

So, you may not be planning a house party, but if you are organising an occasion, here are the reasons you need to consider event security in Manchester if you want to prevent yourself a right old nightmare.


Nine times out of ten, alcohol is served at events. It’s a cause to celebrate, so why not indulge a little? Well, unfortunately it’s not those that indulge a little that become the problem – it’s those that over consume then all of a sudden they think they are Batman and can scale a wall. They aren’t Batman and guess what? Now you’ve got a lawsuit on your hands. Proving you took the necessary security measures to prevent such occasions will heavily swing in your favour legally speaking, should anyone spontaneously decide that after five gin and tonics they are now, in fact a superhero.


A successful party can often be judged by how many people showed up, however a large attendance can also be your downfall. Who is in charge of crowd control? How do they know where to go when the event is over? Are there areas guests can’t enter? These are all really simple considerations – that is, if you have a security guard on hand who knows the drill. Otherwise you’re personally looking after a sea of drunken lemmings bouncing off each other not knowing where to go. Not ideal.


The general rule is the more valuable things you need to protect, the more security you need. Whether it’s someone guarding the cloakroom, watching over a no access door or protecting expensive equipment, you don’t want to be left heartbroken because you just couldn’t foresee someone you knew would nick a laptop. They can and given the chance, they will so make sure you’ve got trained event security guards in place making sure that opportunity does not arise.

What do I need?

OK, now we’ve identified the many reasons you need someone to face any potential challenges on your behalf, how do you know what measures you need? Statistically speaking, guard to guest ratios typically indicate a 1:50 balance however to be honest, it’s not always that simple. When it comes to event security in Manchester, static guards are without a doubt your best choice every time. They’re on the ground, they’re at the door, they’re managing crowd control and you can bet they’re preventing challenges you didn’t even know had arisen.

Stealth and subtle with the right mix of sternness, if you want to throw a successful event, call Churchill today and let us take care of your safety measures. Best case scenario it’s better to be safe than sorry, worst case scenario, if you neglect to consider security requirements, it’s not even worth thinking about the risks you are exposing you and your guests to.


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John Melling is a Director for Churchill Security Ltd. John is a highly motivated, determined and decisive security industry professional. Drawing on his extensive experience gained within the security industry whilst working on the coalface John has operated at all levels within the industry. He has a proven track record for motivating and leading high performance teams and has helped mentor and develop many people at Churchill who now hold key or senior positions within the business. John is committed to delivering only the finest services, exercising compelling leadership, maintaining good internal morale and striving to resolve any challenges efficiently and effectively.