If you want to make sure that any event you are staging, from a private party to a music concert, goes off without any potential security risks occurring, then you will need to take your security measures seriously. Sometimes event organisers fail to do so and merely rely on the goodwill of people who are attending to resolve security issues for themselves. Of course, event security should be outsourced to a professional company unless you are already well-versed in this sort of activity. What are the main measures you should be considering if you wish to minimise any potential security issues at your event?
Scope Out Your Event Properly
Firstly, it is important to understand the full extent of your event. If this is left open-ended, then it is highly likely that the security measures you will take will not be adequate. Equally, you could go overboard with your security and the event will feel like it is being staged in a prison! The key factors to consider are the number of attendees, the length of time the event will run for, the nature of the event and how you will handle perimeter access to control your crowd's numbers. Do this well before your event is staged.
Allocate Resources for Your Event Adequately
Once you have established the extent of your event, it is time to allocate sufficient resources to it. Remember that event security does not merely come down to having enough people on the door to check that ticket holders have paid before they can gain access. You must also make sure that you have sufficient security personnel to deal with any outbreaks of violence or other unwanted antisocial behaviours. However, it does not end there either because adequate security will also mean providing additional measures for children — if kids will be allowed at your event, of course. You may also want to provide first aid facilities, especially if your event is to be reasonably large.
Assess and Manage Risks
Maintaining a low-security risk means being able to manage those risks in the first place. Therefore, at the planning stage, you should look at all of the potential risks and take countermeasures which are appropriate. Some risks may be extremely severe in their nature but highly unlikely, such as the outbreak of a fire, for instance. Obviously, you need adequate fire escapes, even if this event is highly unlikely. On the other hand, you might identify a relatively low level of risk but one that is much more likely to occur. In such cases, you must also take countermeasures. An example might be where there is a low risk of drunken behaviour. In this situation, you might simply decide that your countermeasure will be to have your security personnel close your bars temporarily in order to remedy the situation.