Putting on a large scale event can be pretty stressful at the best of times. However when having to deal with the whole gamut of ‘stuff’ that comes with the territory, it’s easy to forget about event security.
By ensuring your security is in place and being run by people who really do know what they’re doing, it’s sure to make your life easier in terms of liabilities, and most importantly the overall safety of your customers. For this reason it’s important to find a team that’s both experienced and trustworthy. Here are 5 top tips you might want to follow in order to do just that.
Do your homework
There are many security companies out there that deal with the day to day security of businesses and premises. However, when it comes to large scale festivals and events, managing and controlling crowds takes a special skill. Naturally the first thing you need to do is to make a shortlist of those that have experience in this particular sector. Contact them directly and ask them questions about their past experience.
Meet with them in person
The next step is to meet with them in person. This way you get an immediate feel for them. Do they appear calm and collected? Do they seem knowledgeable? Are they someone you think that you can work with?
Verify all licenses and certifications
Ensure that the security company has the correct licenses and that all personnel have valid security licenses. In addition find out if they are CPR or first aid trained. A good security firm will ensure all training and certifications are up to date and in keeping with modern day security requirements.
All events are different so it pays to find out whether the security company has taken on a similar event before like the one you propose to hold. For instance it’s fair to say that music events and festivals will probably need a different approach to security than large scale conferences, charity events, or seminars would. If they can give you examples of where they’ve operated and how they dealt with situations, then all the better.
Do they offer a range of services?
If a security team is experienced in varying levels of protection and response management it gives you a good indication that they’re prepared for any given situation. With everything that’s going on in the world right now, security firms must be able to step up to the plate and ensure complete safety of all attendees.
So there you have it, 5 top tips to ensuring that you hire the right security team for your event. Here at MA Security we’ve been responsible for the security of some of the biggest events and festivals in Australia including Melbourne Music Week and the Moomba Festival. To find out more about how we can help you with your event security contact our experienced team on 1300 020 406 today.