Updated: June 9, 2022.
In an ever-changing landscape of event security, here are our Top 3 Tips for enhancing your event security measures and vigilance in 2022.
1) “When you see something, say something”.
Recent studies suggest that a vast majority of event patrons have a tendency to shrug off suspicion when they see something odd, like an unattended package or aggressive behavior. Encouraging your patrons to simply report suspicious behavior could go a long way to thwart malice or danger at your event.
To do so this year, add signage that encourages your patrons to report suspicious behavior that may read… “When you see something, say something. Please report any suspicious behavior to Event Security”.
2) Have Naloxone Kits readily available.
It’s a matter of fact that some patrons will choose to use illegal substances when attending special events. In a growing opioid crisis, it is imperative that event organizers and security teams learn to recognize an overdose and how to administer Naloxone, a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid (e.g. fentanyl) overdose.
Be prepared: Learn how to recognize an overdose, where to get a free naloxone kit, and how to use it. More information here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-naloxone-kits-free
3) Event Evacuation Mass Notification.
Although a very difficult situation overall, one of the issues faced during the Las Vegas concert mass shooting in October of 2017 was the lack of mass notification to quickly inform all patrons of what to do or where to go. In a situation where every second counts, many patrons did not even realize what was going on up to a few minutes after the performance was shut down. Of course, this is an extreme example of a security breach that no one is claiming a fail-proof response to. However, it has become increasingly necessary to craft quick responses and mass emergency notifications to patrons through PA (public address) systems and visual screens if available.
This can be in the form of an Audio Response Loop (provided to all Front of House sound techs) that would be played over all PA systems of your event and visual screens in a case of evacuation. This mass notification could include instructions that may say/read: “Emergency Evacuation. Please make your way to the nearest safe exit and take shelter if necessary. This is not a drill.”
Event organizers should strive to produce enjoyable, vibrant events and keep patrons safe. Please drop us a line with any security tips you may have for the future of event security.