Public and private events are a great way for people with common interests to come together and have a great time. Unfortunately, even with the best measures in place, security risks can occur during events both large and small. Many event coordinators, organizers, business owners, and the like prepare for logistical disasters but fail to prepare for other forms of trouble. It’s crucial as an event planner, business owner, PR professional, or event security guard to be aware of risks to ensure you, your team, and all guests are safe from harm. Here’s a few of the most common:
Whether on display, for sale, or part of the environment, many events require expensive and valuable equipment. Unfortunately, equipment theft is the security risk that is both the most common and the hardest to prevent. Nevertheless, there are a few steps you can take to minimize your risk.
- Hire a sufficient number of competent security staff
- Efficiently secure & limit access to areas with expensive equipment
- Use video surveillance as an extra measure of security coverage in high-risk areas
- Establish a thorough process for when theft is reported
- Make sure you’re insured against equipment theft
Though the least common of all the risks mentioned, violent crime provides much more of a direct risk to the safety and well-being of volunteers, employees, and guests. Some of the violent security risks you should consider include:
- Criminal acts committed by employees and volunteers
- Attack on V.I.P or featured guests
- Attendee aggression
- Terrorism or threat of terrorism
The following security measures can drastically reduce the likelihood of violent crime in addition to ensuring your team is prepared to handle one if it does occur.
- Ensure you have a solid team of security guards, volunteers, and employees by providing comprehensive training, hiring a sufficient number of team members, and conducting a thorough background check for each person hired for the event.
- Do a thorough sweep of venue before, during, and after the event to survey for current or potential security risks.
- Make arrangements for red alert security service for high-risk areas and individuals such as celebrities. There should be security guards, video surveillance, electronic communication, or other forms of security prepared specifically for these areas.
Events of all sizes require you to handle a large amount of sensitive information – especially if you implement a digital ticketing or billing system. Just think, an event with 1,000 attendees using online ticketing means an identity thief can potentially gain access to nearly 1,000 individual credit card, ATM, and bank accounts in addition to your company account information. Though you can’t remove the risk altogether, you can take preemptive measure to secure sensitive information and make sure you’re equipped to handle data theft should it occur. If you suspect you’re dealing with data theft, let everyone affected by the breach know immediately.