Event Security: Tips to Keep Your Attendees Safe – Hubilo

The word event paints a happy picture of gathering- in the form of ceremony, concert, sports festival, party etc. But of late, certain incidents have changed the way the world perceives such gatherings.

And this new development is not even a bit baseless.

There are a few recent terror incidents have shaken the world and has made security a major concern for the society:

1) Manchester Bombings, where an Ariana Grande concert ended on a terrible note with bombings killing 22 people and injuring 116 others.

2) Boston Marathon Bombings, where the participants were welcomed at the finish line with bomb blasts.

3) Orlando Bombing incident was that of a hate crime where a shooter killed no more than 50 people in a bid to oppose the LGBT rights.

Millions of people have talked about their effects on the economy as a whole. This discussion has made its way to the Event Industry as well.

Event professionals are concerned about making their events a safer space, assuring the attendees of their security. It has been noticed that a widespread concern persists among the masses at least in that particular area even after being notified about the measures taken for their safety.

This is why there is a need for the organisers to walk that extra mile and ensure that the arrangements are in place to stop any untoward activity from taking place. This is what actually builds the confidence of the audience for the event.

So what is required to be done on the part of the event planners in order to gain this confidence and make sure that the attendees have a secure and overall amazing event experience?

Here are few tips event planners can keep in mind for organising safe and secure events:

1) Selection of Venue:

The planning for event security must begin right from the inception of your event plan. While selecting a venue for your event, be sure to keep in mind the safety aspect of the venue.

Select a venue that is convenient and also in a city and an area with the lowest crime rate. Be sure to double check if the venue that you are booking has their own trained security staff and proper surveillance facilities. Better safe than sorry.

2) Crowd Control:

Managing the crowd can be really difficult especially in case of large-scale events. It is impossible to keep tabs on all the attendees. It requires more number of security staff. This will surely interfere with your budget.

This can be simplified with the help of event technology such as event apps, beacons, Near field communication systems, etc. that facilitate geo-tagging of the attendees, thus making it easier to track the attendees and control the crowd.

3) Digital check-ins:

Digital check-ins will simplify the process by eliminating the tedious process of manual check-ins and long queues. This makes crowd management easier.

It also helps in creating an accurate and reliable database of the attendees present at the venue, reducing the possibility of mistakes. Such check-ins is secured by a digital key or password. The event organizers can easily track any unauthorized member if present at the venue.

4) Trained Event Security Team:

Most venues for such events no matter the scale of events have some form of in-house security arrangement. But, it is always better to hire a trained private security team. Have an event security plan ready at hand and have a security briefing before the event.

Set specific guidelines for luggage checking counters and secure both interior and exterior parameters of the venue. A trained security team equipped to reduce risk and manage any such situation is always a good investment.

5) Surveillance:

As mentioned above, it is difficult, almost impossible to manually track every single attendee at every corner of the venue. CCTV cameras are the most preferred tools for digital surveillance.

Drones are now an add on event tech tool that can be used for such security purposes. Drones provide a bird-eye view of the entire venue and are a suitable option for large-scale big budget events.

Tips for event security

Cyber Security:

With the advent of technology, event professionals now opt for digitizing multiple aspect of event-planning such as registrations, event promotions and feedback. With the entire attendee database being in digital format, cyber security too should be a priority.

cyber security is a part of event security

A few points to be considered for cyber security are:

1) Social Media Monitoring:

Monitor all you social media accounts in terms of posts and engagements. Keep track of all your posts and the engagement you get on them.

Monitor the audience that engages in these posts and check their profiles to ensure their legitimacy. Social media is always prone to hacking or mischief. Secure your accounts as much as possible and monitor them regularly.

2) Data Safety :

Having a detailed event analytics system in place really simplifies it for the event planners. They can gain access to a comprehensive and detailed database generated automatically with no additional efforts.

But, it is important to secure and encrypt all these databases with a digital key for data safety. The access to the data should be with authorized personnel only.

3) Experienced IT support:

Take as many precautions as you can to secure all your digital presence. But, be sure to have an experience IT support equipped to deal with any kind of mishap if at all any such incidents occur.

Have all your accounts and database encrypted, check up on your digital security arrangements regularly and keep updating your security systems.

4) Digital Payments:

This is one of the most important aspects to be considered in terms of cyber security.Event planners usually prefer online registration and ticketing. Be sure to have a secure payment portal for such online transactions.

Tie-up with trusted platforms such as Paypal. If you’re building and using your own payment gateways hosted from your domain, be sure to encrypt it properly.

There are some event organisers who have addressed this issue in the past. Major international events of the sorts of UEFA (for a detailed report; click here) and various summits like G-20 have taken major steps towards event security in every way possible.

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Although the safety of this sort in small events is not possible, has been said time and again. But if not every bit of their security plan, basic security steps such as checking of a person by a metal detector, availability of disaster management plans, social media checks, etc. can at least be inculcated in all the events.

Use of event technology, sustainable event-planning, etc. can help save up resources, thus sparing a part of budget that can be spent on security if required.

Event-planners must always have a holistic approach to event security, in matte the case of event. Go with your instinct and most of all be alert. Always double check the availability of help in and around the venue, list down all emergency contacts and a team for crisis management. Most of all be calm and think fast if at all something goes wrong.

Stay safe and stay strong!

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Himani Sheth is a Mass Communication major with a passion for writing. She has helped organise multiple events in the past from conferences to college fests. She has a keen interest in event tech and is a major travel addict, a movie buff and an avid reader. Say hello to her on Twitter @HimaniSheth

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Security is top concern for event organizers

SecurityA recent round-table where industry leaders covered topics including Brexit, immigration, terror, infrastructure and economics, it is understood that the biggest concern of event organizers is not Brexit but security.

Hosted by Searcys, representatives from agencies, DMCs, venues and DMOs gathered at the Gherkin for the discussion facilitated by Paul Kennedy MBE.

The discussion took place prior to the recent terrorist incidents in London. However, security was already considered the number one concern for event organisers by those around the table. “Much of our discussion reflected the need to support organisers as they focus on safety at their events, the safety of our own venues and cities and the need to continue meeting in the face of adversity.”

Takeaways from the roundtable included:

  • Security is the number one concern for most event organisers, far outweighing the potential ramifications on an unknown Brexit negotiation.
  • Personal safety is frequently the most important decision when deciding on a destination, making the threat of terror attacks a greater issue than Brexit.
  • Venues able to demonstrate high security are considered more desirable by bookers.
  • Whist there was a period of concern in the run up to the 2016 referendum, fears settled down soon after the vote and business returned to normal.
  • Brexit offers opportunities through improved exchange rates and the fact businesses are opening satellite offices in Europe.
  • The most immediate concern is the impact on the UK’s European workforce, making a workable visa system a priority.
  • There is a perception that UK travel is difficult, compounded by the fact that major capital projects (HS2, Crossrail etc) take too long to complete.

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How Fast Guard Service Can Help You Transport Your Valuable Goods Safely

Fast Guard Service has been helping local package delivery companies in the Greater Miami area and in most of southern Florida deliver packages safely and quickly for years. Package deliveries are a huge industry in today’s world. The digital age and on demand generation have come to expect that most everything be delivered instantly or quickly, when they want it and where they want it, sometimes within the hour.

Let’s face it, Amazon is one of the largest retailers on the planet, top 10 of all retailers in existence, and they don’t own one single store. Ordering merchandise, particularly online, and having it delivered, has become a convenience that billions of people rely on. In the Miami area, with exclusive regions like South Beach, some package deliveries can be quite valuable, and that is where quality armed guards, like the armed guards featured at Fast guard Service, can be a lifesaver. There are many package delivery companies that a could use quality security company like Fast Guard Service to help ensure safe delivery on, including:

 

  • Large Merchandise Deliveries: Many people buy most everything online these days, and that can involve large shipments of goods and merchandise, especially around the Holidays or during big sales, like Amazon’s annual customer appreciation sale. Package delivery is huge and sometimes this merchandise can be quite valuable, and armed guards can help protect the merchandise from theft.
  • Jewelry: Yes, many extremely valuable pieces of jewelry, as well as precious metals from medal brokers, are bought and sold around the world on the internet these days. Perhaps you don’t need an armored vehicle, but armed guards can certainly help protect the jewelry so that it reaches its destination safe and sound.
  • Rare Coins, Stamps and Other Collectibles: Rare coins are extremely valuable, as many different types of collectibles can be. These types of collectibles, artifacts and other valuable commodities are often sold online these days, whether you buy them from a broker, an individual or an auction. Wherever you buy them from, armed guards can help protect them.
  • High Bidding Items from Online Auctions: There are plenty of estates and valuable pieces, from artwork to expensive technology, that are sold at various outlets online. These items can be valued at tens of thousands of dollars or more, and are prime targets for criminals.
  • Cash Escorts: Believe it or not people still use cash for some transactions, and some people order large amounts of cash, bonds or other types of currencies to be delivered. Armed guards can escort cash deliveries when the delivery is too small for the need of an armored vehicle, but big enough to attract criminal elements

If you are looking to protect your valuable goods or package deliveries then give Fast Guard Service a try. Fast Guard Service is the nation’s best private security firm. About the author:

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Concert Security is a Must in 2017

Sadly it doesn’t take much effort to find great concerts, celebrated special events that quickly turn to tragedy. A simple look at the recent tragedy in Manchester, what happened to Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrel, or the violence that occurred at the second Woodstock are enough to scare anyone, and for good reason. Concerts attract large crowds, and often crowds that are looking to let everything hand loose and have a good time.

For obvious reasons, this can pose many risks and problems, for event organizers, staff, talent and the crowds that attend. That is why, in today’s world, skilled, experienced concert security is simply a must have for any size concert. There are too many threats and too many reasons for concern to ignore the need for concert security. Concert security can’t prevent problems, but they can address and contain issues and keep them from getting worse or becoming complete tragedies for many in attendance. Concert security staff, in 2017 and beyond, can help address serious issues such as:

• Terrorists: This is unfortunately the bane of modern existence, and as the recent Ariana Grande Concert is gut wrenching evidence of, concerts are prime targets for potential terrorist attacks. Concert security can help prepare for, identify and prevent any threat, even the threat of terrorist attacks.
• Crowd Control: Crowds at concerts can quickly get out of hand. Like it or not alcohol and drugs, even where illegal, are often imbibed by concert attendees, and that and the natural exuberance and proximity of the crowd can lead to violence, which can quickly become a big problem with a large crowd.
• Talent and Staff Protection: Unfortunately people who work at the concert are also at risk, even though they are just doing their jobs. This can especially be true for the performers and their staffs, who need to be protected from overzealous fans and crowds who can harm them though they may mean no harm.
• Violence Prevention and Diffusion: Once an issue breaks out at a concert it has to be addressed quickly before the violence spreads through the crowd and gets out of hand. On site concert security can help prevent and address violence to contain and eliminate it as quickly as possible.
• Total Surveillance: No one can be everywhere at once, but with modern technology a skilled concert security detail can monitor an entire venue from a control center. They can even keep a constant eye on those dangerous low traffic spots.
• Emergency Response Coordination: Concert security details will have an emergency response system in place and will be on standby at all times, ready to instantly address any crisis that arises.
• Venue Protection: Vandalism, accidents, violence and negligence can do a tremendous amount of property damage at concert venues if unchecked. Concert security can protect the venue as well as the people attending the concert.

About the author:

Moise Louissaint

Fast Guard Service LLC

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Private Security Guard Jobs Set to See Increase in 2017 and Beyond.

We live in more dangerous times than in any time throughout the history of society. From overpopulation to crime to terrorists to simple negligence, there are far too many causes of problems with far too little law enforcement or emergency response officials to prevent and contain them. For these reasons, private security jobs are set to increase in the coming years, and they are becoming highly coveted jobs at that.

Private security gigs are not glamorous but they are far from boring, they pay very well (with a good firm) and there are too many openings with too few qualified candidates for the positions. The fact is, there is a large shortage of quality private security guards, and plenty of jobs available. Private security guards must be trained and licensed, and armed security guards require excellent training, testing and licensing. A good security training program, gun and safety training program and state approved testing are often required. Once these requirements are met, however, plenty of interesting private security guard positions in a number of unique security fields which are available, such as:

  • VIP Security: Guarding VIP’s is not easy, and while it is often a high profile job, you must learn to make your presence known while staying in the background and out of the way.
  • Private Security: People have homes, small businesses, and other private interests that need regular security or sporadic security. Many people hire good private security firms to staff these needs.
  • Retail Loss Control: Retail stores can be driven out of business by shoplifters and inside theft, as well as negligence. Many retail chains and independent stores hire private security firms to help investigate and control retail loss prevention, and even to train their own staff how to identify and eliminate retail loss.
  • Construction Site Security: Construction sites are often left filled with unguarded equipment, tools and materials that can be worth millions, not to mention progress on a contracted site that can quickly be destroyed. Private security guards can help eliminate vandalism, theft and other problems.
  • Apartment or Condo Security: These are large complexes with many people living in them and coming and going. There is a constant need for security and surveillance, especially in off hours when people are away or asleep.
  • Special Event Security: Special events can cover everything from concerts to parades, from political rallies to movie premiers and book signings. Wherever there are special events there are people gathered, and where people gather so do risks.
  • Night Club Security: Many people getting together in clubs filled with alcohol, sometimes exotic dancers, and often DJ’s and bands, what could go wrong there? Private security is often used to protect busy nightclubs.
  • Fire Watch Security: This is a specialized type of security that is used to help prevent, identify and address fire hazards. These guards perform fire patrols, safety checks and maintain accurate fire logs.

If you are looking for a job as a security guard or private security consultant then give Fast Guard Service a try. Fast Guard Service is the nation’s best private security firm. They offer onsite Class D and Class G training, as well as, job placement. A satisfying career as a security guard is waiting for you.

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Fast Guard Service LLC

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(844) 254-8273

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Why Armed Guards Are Necessary During Live Events

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in the UK, especially in Manchester, the question of whether or not you should be planning live events with security measures that include armed guards becomes more prevalent.

The Manchester terror attacks were carried out in such a way that having armed guards would have done very little to protect the innocent victims that were killed during the attack. But the question was asked, what if the security guards at the Ariana Grande had stopped the terrorist before he detonated his suicide vest?

The guards were not armed and the likelihood is the security guards would have replaced the children of the concert as the victims of the attack but unless they were armed there would have been very little they could have done to stop the terrorist completely. Luck would have been needed to be on their side to have stopped the terrorist before he was able to commit his atrocity.

However, the most common strategy employed by Islamic fundamentalists in recent attacks has been the Marauding attacks. In Morocco, the Paris attacks, the recent London attacks. Especially the Paris attacks because a small concert in the center of Paris was also attacked. It’s clear to see that having armed security would have made a real difference and would have stopped a lot of innocent people from dying.

The Moroccan terrorist attack on the guests of a western holiday hotel is another example of where having armed security would have made a real difference. As the terrorists walked down the private beach and into the hotel it was the locals who risked their own life, being unarmed, that tried to protect the hotel’s residents. The security hid as they were not armed, being armed would have saved lives.

But it’s not just protection against terror attacks that make having armed guards a necessity. They act as a preventative tool against other more common issues getting out of control. At the same time, in today’s climate, they allow the people at the event to feel a sense of protection because increasingly public gatherings have become stressful.

However, it needs to be the right armed security guard. Having a loaded weapon in the vicinity of the general public increases the risk and danger to the people attending the live event. You want to ensure the security guards are ex-military or law enforcement, guards who have had more than just 8 or 16 hours training but rather security that has been extensively trained in assessing risks from terrorism and understand how to stay calm in the stressful situation.

You need professionals who add security and stability to a potentially catastrophic situation not make the situation worse due to their inexperience and lack of real training. Likewise, you don’t need your security team to escalate potentially harmless situations into something more deadly.

To summarize, it’s the current climate that dictates how we secure our live events, places where the general public gather in large numbers. And unfortunately, with the spate of terrorist attacks targeting public, events like concerts and sporting events are now prime targets and need to be protected.

However, it’s as important to have the right armed security personnel. Having novice “rent a cop” security with less than 20 hours training is likely to do more harm than good. You want ex-military or law enforcement to ensure your event is as secure as it can be.

 

About the author:

Moise Louissaint

Fast Guard Service LLC

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(844) 254-8273

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Mobile Patrol Security Takes Off in 2017

More so in 2017 than ever, a mobile patrol guard is an extremely effective form of security, especially as a deterrent. They have shown that by removing unauthorized people from a specific location or site has a positive effect of reducing theft. It adds a layer of security that helps to give clients peace of mind and it’s also a cost-effective solution that is often ideal for securing a site or premises.

As with most things, there is no one solution for every commerical security sitaution. Depending on the type of business you have and the cost of assets and premises, a static security option might well be a better solution. However, if you are looking for a solution that effectively marries the level of security cover with the estimated level of risk then a mobile patrol solution could well be the most cost effective route for you..

Let’s take a look at some of the major positives for using a mobile patrol service in 2017

Plays the role of deterrent. Have patrolling guards in their uniforms means they are recognizable immediately, even from distance and people automatically factor in the added risk. Many crimes such as robbery are opportunist crimes. Just having a patrolling security presence is likely to make some perpetrators look for ‘softer’ targets

A Total Security Solution. Being mobile, you have security that’s able to manage larger areas of multiple locations.Whether on foot or by car they can secure perimeters and check the overall security of your premises. It has the flexibility that makes it work to fit your needs allowing it to feel like a bespoke solution at an off the peg price.

Cost-effective. In 2017 it’s a tough economic environment. Having a permanent security guard might be an expensive investment in security that’s not necessary. However, a mobile guard force is a much more cost effective solution and allows you to get the kind of coverage that might be the best fit for your business. You pay for what you utilize.

Immediate response. Having mobile patrol security means that you have security that’s able to react quickly to changing needs. Whereas the Police may respond slowly to a reported illegal activity the mobile patrol will be there much quicker and can react to the scene and protect your premises and assets accordingly.

In 2017 using a mobile guard service has become increasingly popular thanks to its abundance of advantages. It’s a very clear deterrent to lower the risk of possible threats to your business and property. It can be tailored to fit your every changing needs but at the same time, it offers a good return on investment and good value.

You have peace of mind that comes from a team of professionals watching over your business. Although there is no one solution that is the best security solution for every business, regardless of model and size, the flexibility of the mobile patrols solution means it has the capacity to be a good fit for more businesses, possibly yours too.

 

Author: Moise Louissaint

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