Organising events of any kind requires a lot of time and patience, with many stressors. Undoubtedly, event security is just one of those important factors which can influence the success of the entire event.
London is a leading UK hub for all kinds of events, making up a huge 75 percent of hosting locations . These range from various concerts, festivals, exhibitions, conferences and more. In total, the UK events sector makes up for £42.3 billion.
That’s why it’s important to have security measures in place, so that if an emergency does arise, you’ll be able to address it efficiently and in a way that causes limited if no disturbance to your event.
Read our free guide below for the best London event security tips that could make the difference between your event being a huge success, or a disaster.
If you have multiple activities taking place across the event, it’s vital you have a run sheet of exactly what’s happening where and when. It will help not only your event staff, but also security guards get to locations quicker in an emergency.
Not many venues will allow you to hold an event without a risk assessment prior to setting-up your space. Our event security managers can conduct these for you if required, with in-depth checks of the premises to identify any potential hazards.
Often events such as festivals, concerts and sporting events can become packed with crowds, meaning there is a significant chance of overcrowding. Prevent this from happening by hiring manned security personnel who can control situations in which crowds may become overbearing or unruly.
It’s vital that each member of your security staff is first aid trained, with awareness of what to do in an emergency and that they know the evacuation method. The Health and Safety Executive website provides a template that helps you establish your first aid, medical and ambulance requirements.
Make sure all staff and visitors know where the fire exits and meeting points are when an alarm is sounded. Fire extinguishers, fire blankets and sprinklers should be placed throughout the site. Make sure relevant personnel know where the equipment is and how to use it. Everyone except fire fighters should be told not to attempt to put out major fires themselves.
Particularly for larger event spaces, barriers are effective for crowd control at the front of the stage or central performance area, as well as providing physical safety for visitors from hazards. Raised concert-style barriers can only be used if you have trained and experienced staff who are familiar with their operation and safety aspects.
By having help and information points in clear, identifiable spots, people will be able to seek assistance instantly and potential accidents and mistakes can be avoided. Depending on the size and scale of your event, think about how many of these are needed at each entrance, exit and refreshment station you should have.
There should be access for wheelchair users and people with other disabilities should be able to enjoy and move about the event space freely. You should include a phone number which disabled visitors can call if they require special assistance or information about the venue on your website and advertisements prior to the event.
Ensure all car park spaces have stewards who can control how many cars enter and exit, so that congestion can be avoided. As well as this, there should be manned staff at each entrance and exit to monitor tickets and ID of each person who enters. Security checks of bags and jackets should be conducted, with relevant training and police checks required from each staff member.
Police, ambulance and fire services in the surrounding area should all be notified that the event is taking place, so that assistance can be provided as quickly as possible if an emergency should arise.
Depending on how many people you’re expecting to come to your event, consider how many toilets you’ll need. Think about the location, access, and construction and type of temporary facilities such lighting and signage.
No one wants their event to be unsuccessful, but with the unpredictability of what can happen during any type of event, event security should always be a top priority.
Churchill Security have provided event security services in London for over 25 years. With SIA approval and a customer retention rate of 95 percent, we can be trusted to listen to your requirements and concerns.
Call us today and discover how we can help your event become a success.