October 12, 2021
Get valuable insights into planning your next event with our top 10 security considerations for events below:
1. Planning is key
Planning is crucial to operating a safe and secure environment for all attendees and stakeholders. Consider the inclusion of threat and risk assessments to plan for adequate responses to all identified concerns.
2. Know your attendees
Whether you require names, contact details or simply a total number of attendees, prepare accordingly and creating a safe environment with adequate capacity and infrastructure for all attendees and suppliers.
3. Get key services involved
Make enquiries in advantage to all required services, be it police, ambulance, or the fire service. Create clear and concise contingencies in conjunction with each service and all together to construct a coordinated incident response force. Your event security team should adopt the 5 JESIP principles, Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme, which outlines the correct joint agency response process.
4. Secure your entrance and exits
The entrance and exit points to your event will be key to maintaining security, allowing your team to operate a safe venue at all times. This area may require additional support including bag checks, staff to manage traffic flow or even turnstiles to automate entry.
5. Visible security is vital
To deter criminal activities, deploy security staff throughout the venue to visually enforce an authoritative presence. This also reassures attendees that their safety is a priority if an incident was to arise.
6. Keep track of digital threats
With so much information and communications done online now, it is worth considering a cyber assessment for any potential threats. Having the digital insights into your events threat level, allows vital preparations to be implemented to reflect any identified risks.
7. Get knowledge and expertise
If security is not your background, get experts who are in the know and have the experience to implement a coordinated security response. Professionals with years of experience in the security industry can pass on valuable knowledge to benefit you and your event.
8. Understand Lawful processes
You will need to consider any relevant legislation and regulations that may support a security presence at your event. The technical guidelines around public safety can be complex, so consider consulting your security supplier on what permits, licenses or insurance you may require. Ensure all security operatives for your event hold a current SIA license, as required by law.
9. Prepare for any scenario
From running scenarios ahead of time to on the day briefings, providing a security provision that is prepared and ready for all eventualities, brings assurance in not only the prevention of threats but the infrastructure to handle threats that may arise.
10. Choose the right supplier
If your event requires professional security, get a supplier who operates at the highest level. There are no short cuts in providing a safe environment and ensuring your provider operates with integrity and forthrightness is key. Choose a supplier with the correct training, accreditations, and insurance to supply appropriate event security. If you want to know how we create a secure event for our clients, visit our event security page or contact us directly.