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As we start to unwind the lockdown there is an undeniable burst of sunshine on the horizon and with that it is inevitable that events will start taking place.

Top security tips for keeping everyone safe at events
 

With large gatherings comes the need for crowd control and security. Event security services are a must now more than ever before for large gatherings. From sporting events to weddings, the need to keep everyone safe and secure is essential for organisers.

Anytime you gather a large group of people there is a security threat and the potential for harm is far too great not to take security seriously. Here are some of our tips to help you prepare for a successful and secure event.

 

Risk Assessment

In terms of event security, individual events will always have different needs and security risks. For example, a football match has a much higher risk than a 21st birthday party due to the large crowds and the nature of each event. However, each individual event should have a bespoke risk assessment to identify and minimise any potential hazards.

 

Some things to consider when organising event security:

Is it indoors or outdoors?

What is the size of the event? (larger audiences can attract agitators)

What is access like, should the need arise to evacuate?

Who is hosting your event, are they a target for any individual or group?

Who is performing, speaking, or exhibiting at the event?

Does anyone at the event attract agitators or present any unique security risks – like controversial opinions etc?

Will any media be present? Media can attract unwanted attention.

Does the venue have any security vulnerabilities? For instance, an outdoor venue is harder to secure but an indoor venue has fewer escape routes.

This is just a small peak at the numerous considerations we take into account when completing a risk assessment for event security. By analysing and identifying possible risks, we can make judgement and assessments on how to best mitigate those risks to ensure safe and secure event security.

Having professional risk assessments allows for the wellbeing of staff and patrons to be maintained in an appropriate manner.

 

Make Sure Security Measures Are Highly Visible

The main goal of security isn’t to respond to threats, it’s to prevent them from happening in the first place. The best outcome is if a potential agitator sees your security measures and moves on. Therefore, hiding your security team or putting them undercover throughout your event does more harm than good – Agitators think the event is unprotected and may decide to start trouble.

By making your security team and devices obvious, you not only deter unwanted attention, but you also make your attendees feel safer. They know you’ve enlisted the help of professionals to protect their wellbeing and should an incident occur, they know where to find help.

 

Create Security Checkpoints

One of the best ways to protect people from unwanted security situations is to set up checkpoints away from the gathering that everyone must pass through to gain entry to the event. This forces anyone with malicious intent to confront security personnel (or even just your registration staff) long before they can cause any issues.

For instance, instead of installing your registration desk right outside an auditorium’s doorway, you would want to place it a few hundred feet away in the facility’s lobby. This way if an uninvited person tries to enter, they’ll be stopped before they reach the crowd.

 

 

Keep Private Events Private

Some organisations like to publicly announce their events, even if they’re not open to the public. Mentioning an event on websites, in newsletters, in press releases or social media is a security risk. So, if you must do any of these, for whatever reason, assess the risk and make a decision from there.

If you think your event needs security, take the time to talk to security professionals. You might trust your event staff, but the trained eye of an experienced security professional could mean the difference between a safe and secure event and a disaster.

 

We provide security professionals for any type of event – no matter how big or small.

 

Weddings

With all the preparation behind a wedding, it’s crucial you put safeguards in place to ensure the day goes to plan. Our highly-trained security officers can control access and respond rapidly to emergencies, ensuring your big day runs smoothly.

Corporate Events

If you’re holding a corporate event, no doubt you’ll want to give off the best impression of your business as possible. Our experienced corporate event security officers are trained to the highest of standards to ensure your event runs as planned.

Festivals and Concerts

The safety of guests, performers and staff must be a priority for anyone planning a concert. Our security officers are highly trained in access and crowd control, and emergency planning procedure to ensure your gig never gets out of hand.

Charities

With charities coming under more and more scrutiny, you need to be sure your fundraiser runs without incident. Our unbeatable event security service will ensure that all your hard work is recognised, and your event is a huge success.

Parties

Whether you’re planning a wild 18th birthday or a sophisticated corporate celebration, the last thing you’ll want to worry about on the night is security. Our Door Supervision Licensed security officers will watch over your guests and the venue so you can focus on enjoying yourself.

Sporting Events

Security is an integral part of ensuring the safety of participants, spectators and event officials at sporting events of all sizes and nature. We deliver leading security including ticket management, crowd control, car park security and VIP security management.

 

We have been providing comprehensive security services for events of all sizes, locations and requirements for more than two decades.

Whether you require security officers to guard the entrance to your wedding venue, mobile patrols to monitor a large festival arena or security officers to carry out crowd control, ticket management or general security, we’ve got you covered.

Each of our security officers are SIA licensed and trained to the highest standards. We have also been ranked in the top five percent of ACS Approved Contractors, with our services being recognised as “industry-leading”.

As the premier choice for event security in the UK, you can rest assured that your event will run smoothly and is hassle-free.

Churchill Security is a leading cross-industry security company supplying professional and comprehensive security solutions to organisations seeking expert Security GuardsCCTV & Event SecurityKey Holding & Alarm ResponseMobile Patrols and Thermal Imaging & People Flow

To find out more about how Churchill Security can protect your business, contact us today on 08082509519 or email enquiry@churchillsecurity.co.uk 

 

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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.