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Hiring Security Services for Public Events

Hiring Security Services for Public Events

When most of us think about security at public and special events, we think about a purse and backpack inspection at the entry gate – if we think about it at all. But security at public events is a critical decision with multiple factors that can impact our enjoyment of the event we’ve come to see.

Security needs for crowds ranging from the hundreds to thousands to tens of thousands encompasses a wide range of potential scenarios, settings and atmospheres

  • emotionally-charged sports stadiums where alcohol is served
  • hi-profile political gatherings with
  • parades, concerts and celebrations with happy, relaxed attendees
  • fundraisers with wealthy well-known donors
  • shoppers at malls or outdoor shopping venues and events
  • corporate events attended by VIPs with expensive equipment

In the best-case scenario, event security is visible as a signal of stability and order, but pretty much never leaves their assigned post. But in a worst-case scenario event security must have the training, resources and experience to protect the lives and well-being of event attendees and participants.

Concert:            Five Confirmed Dead in Sugarland Stage Collapse at Indiana State Fair
Baseball:            Giants fan critically beaten after Dodgers home opener
Mall:                          3 Dead in Oregon Mall Shooting
NASCAR:            Fans Injured in Daytona Crash on Final Lap of Nationwide Race
Political:            Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot at Public Event

If you are responsible for providing security at a public event or facility there are many factors you must consider when hiring security services:

  • plain clothes or uniformed security officers
    • plain clothed security can move unnoticed through the crowds
    • uniformed security officers provide a crime deterrence simply by their presence
  • armed or unarmed security:
    • trained armed security officers can take action to protect lives
    • unarmed security ensures that firearms do not discharge accidentally or are misappropriated
  • licensed or unlicensed
    • unlicensed security saves money
    • licensed security officers have additional experience, training and skills that make the difference if tragedy occurs
  • communication
    • professional security services staff trained security personnel who have the training and skills to work and communicate as a team in an emergency situation
    • temporary security guards offer flexible hiring options

When planning your next public event consider the event security issues, and compare the differences and choose the security solution with the training and skills that maximize your protection of your people and assets.

If you’re attending a public event take note of the venue’s security personnel, exits and overall environment so you can enjoy fully enjoy the event.

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