With large gatherings and events back in full swing, many people are itching to get out and experience what their local arts and culture scene has to offer. But public events come with significant risks, and it’s essential to be prepared in order to ensure the safety and enjoyment of both event staff and attendees.
It’s no secret that special events are potential hotspots for crime, theft, and violence. Whether held publicly or privately, and no matter how prestigious the venue or guest list, events can be attractive opportunities for criminals looking to make a scene or take advantage of a crowd.
As Canada’s number one security services provider, Blackbird Security is familiar with the nuances and demands of event protection. In this blog post, we’ll highlight the five biggest threats to the security of your event, and offer advice for managing them in a way that provides peace of mind to guests and staff alike.
1. Theft and Vandalism
Instances of theft and vandalism are the most common security threat at nearly every event, thanks to the convenient distraction of a crowd. Even the most trusted staff and elite guests could be potential opportunists looking for an easy score. Although perpetrators are typically limited to a few people, an inside job may be difficult to spot and control.
2. Violent Crimes and Kidnappings
Unfortunately, the group setting of events can attract violent crimes. Event planners should keep this at top of mind, as threats may come from both invited guests or intruders. Although violent crimes and kidnappings tend to happen more frequently at events where celebrities and well-known people are attending, small events or events open to the general public are not immune from this unfortunate possibility.
3. Major Disturbances or Calamities
Even the most meticulously planned and heavily guarded events may not be able to prevent calamities that may have nothing to do with the occasion, such as natural disasters, fires, explosions, protests, or an act of terrorism. Many important events have been disrupted thanks to these incidents, and they require a decisive, organized, and authoritative response.
4. Disorderly Conduct
Minor disturbances caused by guests displaying unruly behavior can have a significant negative impact on the success of the event and the experience of other guests. Common behavior that qualifies as disorderly conduct at special events include:
- Filming or recording at the event when not permitted
- Provoking or starting fights with other guests
- Refusing to obey security orders
- Attending without an invitation or proper credentials
- Blocking major exits and areas of access
The presence of alcohol at an event may increase the probability of guests becoming unruly.
5. Medical Emergencies
At an event with a large crowd, it’s relatively common for attendees to fall ill or sustain injuries. Event planners need to ensure that they have first aid resources in place for anyone who may experience a medical emergency, and for their security staff to know how to spot those displaying signs of illness or engaging in risky behaviour that could lead to them getting hurt. A security team trained in first aid is a valuable asset in these circumstances.
Why Hire a Professional Event Security Team?
If you are planning a special event or hosting an event in your space, take a moment to consider the ultimate risks associated with insufficient security. These risks may include: injury and loss of life, loss of revenue or increased operating costs, increased insurance premiums from claims and lawsuits, property damage, and limited attendance at future events thanks to reputational damage.
Ensuring a strong security presence not only provides peace of mind for guests, but it also shows potential investors and business partners that you’re professional and well organized. Your security guards need to practice maximum vigilance in order to identify and remove potential security threats. They need to be trained in what to look out for, including signals in body language, and have an eagle eye for detail. First aid training is also a valuable asset for security professionals.
While it’s not possible to prepare a meticulous plan for every scenario, a thorough risk assessment and study of a special event will help determine what kind of security is needed, and where it is needed. Preparing as much as possible is an important part of event planning and will help make sure the event proceeds without a hitch. Not all threats can be eliminated, but hiring a highly skilled, expertly-trained security team can help minimize any risks and ensure that threats are responded to swiftly and professionally.
Trust Blackbird Security for Your Event Protection
With so much to organize and consider advance of your event, let Blackbird Security handle the event security. Our team is ready to handle a wide variety of possible threats and receives professional training in crucial areas, including:
- First aid
- Conflict de-escalation
- Incident reporting
- Customer service
- Cultural sensitivity
And more. No matter what type of event you’re hosting, the presence of our world-class security guards minimizes risk and gives you more time to focus on the event itself. As Canada’s number one event security provider, we’re looking forward to partnering with you. Contact us and we will be happy to provide a 100% customized security plan tailored to your event and unique space.