According to statistics recently published by Eventbrite, the UK events industry is worth £42.3 billion and supports the equivalent of 570,000 full-time jobs. Furthermore, a whopping 35 per cent of the UK visitor economy is accounted for by events.
But in spite of its lucrative nature, the events business also comes with plenty of challenges, such as security. With 85 million people attending events each year, how do you ensure everyone remains safe? And what can you do to prevent trespassing, theft, or any other illegal activity?
Well, we suggest the following 6 security tips, which should ensure the smooth running of any outdoor occasion, corporate function, music festival, or another important event.
- Install CCTV surveillance
The first security measure you should consider is a CCTV system, which will act as a big deterrent to potential thieves. Even if they do decide to take the risk, you can use CCTV to monitor their activity, track their location, and use the footage as evidence of the incident. CCTV may also make it easier to recover any stolen goods.
- Illuminate your event
Seeing as most criminals will want to hide in the shadows, as this makes it a lot easy to pilfer and pillage, illuminating your event site makes perfect sense. It’s also straightforward to install yet extremely effective. If you’re worried about the potential cost, you could install motion sensors as well, so that the lights only come on when someone is there.
- Erect a perimeter fence
A perimeter fence is the first line of defence at many events. It will automatically make those wanting to enter without a ticket or permission think twice about doing so. The logistics of removing any stolen goods is much more difficult too. Although a lot depends on your type of event, perimeter options include metal fencing, wooden boards, or even barbed wire.
- Hire security staff
The sheer presence of security guards will strike fear into the hearts of many would-be thieves. Security guards will also know how to handle all manner of difficult situations in a prompt and professional manner. They often act as the first point of contact too, making your event attendees feel much safer and relaxed.
- Put up signs
If criminals believe there is a strong possibility of being caught and charged, they might not think its worth the risk and won’t even attempt to test your security. Don’t be afraid to put up signs that publicise your defiant stance, which includes the threat of apprehension. If you’ve installed CCTV or have mobile patrols on site, make sure you include this information too.
- Enlist the help of a security firm
If you don’t want to leave anything to chance, it is highly recommended to enlist the services of a security firm for your upcoming event. At Jag Security, we will listen to your requirements carefully and come up with a tailor-made solution. This can include CCTV monitoring, mobile patrols, manned guarding, and more.