For any event, the most important thing is PLANNING! When planning your event you will need to consider what you do know, what you think you know and what is unknown. The more that you put into the planning and brainstorming phase, the safer the guests, crowd and venue will be.
Planning a Security Strategy
1. Know the venue inside and out- get an understanding how ‘porous’ the venue is. This refers to ways that people could gain access without using an official entry point.
2. Gauge attendee risk- think about if any of the guest speakers/performers are a higher risk, like if they have a controversial history and also look into suspicious attendee activity such as bulk ticket buying.
3. Control the crowd- keep guests away from blocking up exit points, restricted areas and ensure that the entry point is kept organised.
4. Assess potential for large-scale attacks- there should be a bag check upon entry and any weak points where someone could gain access to large amounts of people easily, should be monitored and controlled.
5. Keep communication tight- constant comms between all event staff teams are necessary and if a professional security detail is present, ensure they have communications with the rest of the staff.