As an event host, whether for a large private function such as a wedding or a corporate event such as a conference or holiday party, it is up to you to ensure the safety of your guests. Unfortunately, many event organizers don’t factor adequate security into their operating budget, sometimes with consequences. Having a customized special event security plan in place will ensure the safety of your attendees and give you the peace of mind to focus on the event itself.
Security Options for Large Gatherings
Any time you bring a larger group of people together, the potential for a security breach goes up. Uninvited persons can easily infiltrate gatherings where they might go unnoticed until it’s too late. This is why having adequate security in place at a special event or larger private gathering is absolutely essential.
Depending on the size and scope of the event, there are different security options you may want to consider. Some of the services that our highly trained security personnel can provide include the following:
- Access control
- Crowd management
- Reception/front desk service
- Perimeter protection
- Exterior patrols for outdoor events
Performing a Security Risk Assessment
As a first step in planning the security for your event, we must first gauge what the most likely potential risks might be based on the size, location, building type, and other factors that might make your event vulnerable to intruders. If you have any high-profile guests in attendance, this can further increase your risk profile. Based on this risk assessment, we can then determine how much security you will need and where this security should be placed.
For example, a smaller business event might simply require a guard placed at the reception desk to greet visitors as they come in. A larger event in a public space such as a hotel or convention center, which is accessible to the general public and has numerous points of entry, might require several guards to ensure full perimeter protection.
Special Event Security Guidelines
The main purpose of event security is not just emergency response – the goal is to keep threats away in the first place. This is why having visible security in place is key. Having professional, identifiable security guards on patrol will help your guests to feel more at ease, and will deter trespassers from attempting to gain access. A guard in uniform also provides an obvious source of assistance for guests who notice something or someone unusual.
Finding the Right Security Team for the Job
It’s difficult to eliminate all of the potential risks that come with hosting a special event, but you can certainly minimize any potential threats by hiring a reputable security provider. With a little bit of planning and the right safeguards in place, your event should be safe and enjoyable for all.
If you need security for your fundraiser, business function, festival, concert, conference, or large family event, contact us today at GoJoe Patrol. We can provide a customized security plan that matches the size and scope of your event.