- 24/7 Surveillance: People don’t simply go to work from 9 to 5 and then come home and lock their doors and stay in for the night. Condominiums, like apartment complexes and hotels, have people coming in and out at all times of the day and night, every day of the year. This means that on site security must be ever vigilant, on guard and surveilling the premises for potential issues, protecting the people that live in condos in the complex and those that visit them.
- Trouble Spot Security: Any compartmentalized building has trouble spots that have light traffic, that are dark, at least at certain times of the day, and that are out of the way. These “trouble spots” are often places where crimes are committed, or where accidents can happen that go unnoticed, making the consequences much worse than they need to be. Digital security and modern technology, along with routine patrols, help secure these trouble spots and make sure that they are safe for all condo residents, their friends and their families.
- Regular Patrols: While patrols may not find much if they regularly occur that is actually a good thing. That means that the presence of an active, armed security force is working. The simple fact that security is on site and that they randomly but routinely patrol the facility can do a great deal to curb any potential nefarious activity. People with bad intentions usually look elsewhere when they see that a building is heavily guarded, and routine patrols can be as important as the armed guards themselves. Patrols are an integral part of a good condominium security presence.
- Security Presence: Like routine patrols, the simple presence of armed guards at the front desk or at the doors can go a long way from curtailing any potential threat or plans for harmful activities. The fact is that criminals look for easy targets, not hard ones, and the simple visible presence of armed security guards acts as a great deterrent for criminals and trouble makers.
- Diffusing Problems: While it is great to have a security presence to deter crimes and other potential problems, not all issues can be avoided by the mere presence of a security force or even of active armed security guards. When a problem does arise, be it a crime or an accident, on site condominium security can address and diffuse most any issue, before it gets out of control. They also offer quick, 24/7 access to an emergency infrastructure so that the proper authorities can be contacted and apprised immediately. A good security force can minimize the impact or aftermath of any crisis by addressing it quickly and efficiently when it first breaks out
Concerts, speeches and athletic events have been and remain a target of violent extremists and terrorists around the globe. Fortunately, there exists a wealth of information to assist event planners and campus security personnel with preparing for large events and securing stadiums and arenas. In addition, there are some key lessons that have been learned from actual incidents that should be considered by those responsible for the safety and security of these venues.
As personnel are trained and plans are developed, it is important to learn from past incidents. It is already well understood that the criminals are looking at what has been tried before, so safety personnel must do the same thing. Here are some key lessons that should always be kept in mind.
1. Security Posture Matters in Event Security
The visible efforts made to protect the people and facility are important. Things like bag checks, vehicle-free zones and uniformed personnel make a difference. This was illustrated in October 2005 when an individual attempted to take a backpack bomb into the crowded University of Oklahoma football stadium. When confronted with the mandatory bag search at the gate, he turned around and detonated it outside. The security staff at that checkpoint saved many lives that night.
2. Maintain Constant Vigilance
While most people understand the need to be prepared to handle the crowd before the event, many (especially those paying the bills) don’t understand how important it is to keep security measures in place through the entire event, until the crowd has left. While it may be possible to reduce some personnel (like reducing the number of magnetometer stations open), nobody should be able to enter the facility at any time without going through the same screening that those entering at the beginning went through. Many of the attacks across the world have taken place after the crowd was inside and the event was underway. At this point, the crowd’s attention is focused on the performers, allowing an attacker to move without being noticed.
3. Secure the Outside
The better the security is inside a venue, the more likely it is that the perpetrator will decide to carry out the attack outside. Areas of potential concern and where additional security measures should be considered include mass transit connections, tailgate areas and merchandise locations. The attackers will often be looking for large, dense gatherings of people. The more these locations can be spread out (e.g., having taxi pickup separated from bus pickup and merchandise sales further away from exits), the more difficult it will be for attackers to select their target. At the same time, security personnel should be positioned to monitor these areas. While security cameras can be valuable, especially by providing an overhead view, personnel on the scene are more likely to be able to spot things like an unusually tight grip on a backpack, a diverted look and nervous behavior.
4. Incorporate Several Layers of Security
As the above already suggests, the security plan needs to incorporate multiple layers. The first layer might start with the traffic control personnel, who (among other duties) enforce limitations on vehicle access to the venue. There should also be a layer looking for potential criminal behavior well before individuals get to a security checkpoint/bag check station. In the current climate, bag checks have become commonplace for many events, followed by magnetometers or pat-downs at many locations (often demanded by the performers). Inside the facility, additional measures should be taken to both monitor for criminal activity and to prepare for response. The response should include getting people safely to exits, as well as getting emergency responders to the scene of an incident.
5. Communicate with Attendees
One of the biggest challenges safety personnel can encounter is dealing with large numbers of attendees bringing in prohibited items. This clogs up checkpoints, creating a large target immediately outside the facility. It can also lead to security personnel becoming complacent because every attendee seems to be carrying something they shouldn’t, making it hard to detect the actual criminals in the crowd. Finally, it leads to a lot of unhappy customers who are then less likely to see the security team as something positive. Advance communication via ticketing outlets and public media can make a big difference.
6. Locate Security Command Center Offsite
In decades past, it was common for the emergency response personnel to have their operations based out of an office right on the concourse so it would be easy for people to find them. Unfortunately, this also made them easy targets. Educated attackers know that they can increase the damage they cause if they first take out the command and communications structure of the responders. As a result, many locations have started moving the command and communications elements to a secure, offsite location. While there might still be an office inside the venue, if it is attacked, the offsite personnel can still coordinate an appropriate response.
7. Adopt a Unified Approach
It is more important than ever that all emergency response personnel work together to prevent and respond to major incidents. This is especially true for stadiums and arenas. With calls for terrorists to use fire as a weapon (either alone or in conjunction with a more traditional attack), emergency personnel must be prepared to quickly identify whether an emergency is part of a larger attack and respond in a coordinated fashion.
Stephen Lopez is the Chief of Police at New Mexico State University. He has been in law enforcement for 29 years, and holds bachelor degrees in criminal justice and psychology, a masters in strategic planning for critical infrastructure, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. At Campus Safety Conference East in Philadelphia July 13-14 and at Campus Safety Conference West in Long Beach, Calif., July 31-Aug. 1, Lopez will present Countering the Threat of Violent Extremism. The session will cover the importance of bystander reporting of violent extremist behavior, and how to distinguish between someone who is merely exercising their right to free speech as opposed to someone who is on the pathway toward violence. To register, visit CampusSafetyConference.com.
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Many people are not familiar with the term private security contractor. They may think that a private security contractor is a private investigator, or perhaps a security guard or even a body man who protects a VIP or an executive of some form. This is not the case at all. In fact, a private security contractor has nothing to do with private security in the private sector at all, so a private security contractor is as far from a retail security guard as you might imagine, they are more akin to military personnel.
Military personnel, you say to yourself, what could a private security contractor possibly have to do with the military? Well, the fact is, they do have certain affiliations with military actions, particularly war and police actions, even though they are not exactly military. Are you confused yet?
People somewhat familiar with the term often get the concept wrong as well. Many people think that private security contractors are mercenaries. They think of movies and stories they read in magazines, but the fact is, a private security contractor is not a mercenary, not at all. To a certain degree they are a gun for hire, and they do work in war zones, like mercenaries, but that is the extent of the similarity.
Mercenaries are exactly guns for hire. Mercenaries fight IN wars for one side or another, whoever is paying them to fight. They are generally military specialists who are hired soldiers that actively participate in some military conflict, not for God or Country, but for cash. They simply work or ‘fight’ for whoever pays them to.
Private security contractors are nothing like that at all. The fact is, wars are an extremely large undertaking, and they involve an awful lot more than two armies fighting. They involve security guard companies that help perform many functions for companies at war. From facilitating and providing weapons to helping build infrastructure, there are many companies hired by governments to assist military operations in war zones or police zones.
This is where a private security contractor comes in. The private security contractor protects the interests, the private companies, that contract with the government during military operations in foreign lands. Private security contractors only work with legitimate contractors that work with governments that follow legalized or sanctioned military operations. In other words they are completely and legally sound.
There are hundreds of contractors in the Middle East, for example, that help the United States military and government with its daily operations. Private security contractors are hired by these firms to protect their people and their assets in the field. Private security contractors are often ex-military with a high amount of expertise or experience, perhaps ex- special operations. But in any case, they protect those companies that help governments wage war.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
On – 19 Jun, 2017 By Himani Sheth
A 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.
On – 28 Jun, 2017 By Ozgur Tore
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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.
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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.
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