Whether it’s an exhibition, concert, sporting event, corporate function or a private party, wherever there’s a crowd, there’s a need for security. Crowd control is an essential part of keeping an event secure and the people attending it safe, but event security extends further than directing the flow of footfall.
Extensive planning is required when hosting a function of any type, and knowing what type of security you require is paramount to running a smooth event. We have over 20 years of experience in providing high quality, reliable event security and our team has extensive knowledge on crowd control, spectator safety and event management. We are well versed in almost every type of event, but we understand the trepidation of event organisers when it comes to hiring security.
If you’re planning a big event and need to hire event security, we’ve put together an essential guide to help you navigate the process.
What is Special Event Security?
Special event security refers to security personnel hired for an event such as a concert, sports match, tradeshow, party or other events where a relatively large number of guests are expected to attend. Special event security differs from other security services because it is for a temporary event. This means guards are required for a set period of time to provide assistance, control crowds, disperse disturbances and keep guests safe and the venue secure until the event is over.
Why is Security Important at Events?
If you’re hosting an event, you have a duty to keep those attending the event safe and secure at all times which is why security is needed. There are a number of risks associated with events and several scenarios in which having trained security guards present is essential, including but not limited to:
- Verbal/physical disturbances
- Vandalism/damage to property
- Fire/flood risk
- First aid emergency
- Crowd control
- Inebriated attendees
- Checking for weapons/illegal substances
Should any of the above occur, it’s paramount that you have trained security on-site to deal with the issue accordingly and in a professional manner.
How Much Event Security is Needed?
Once you have secured a venue and have an estimation of how many people are to be admitted to your event, the next thing you need to consider is how much security you will need. The more people there are at your event, the more security you’ll require. A good rule of thumb is to have one security guard for every 10 guests, but this will vary depending on the type of event you’re holding.
Some events attract different types of people and the emotions of the crowd will differ in line with the circumstances. For example, a sports event may evoke more emotion than a corporate exhibition because people are more invested in the event and likely to be more passionate about the outcome. With this in mind, more security will typically be needed at a sporting event compared to other functions.
Knowing how much security you need is the first and arguably most important step. If you’re unsure how much security you will need, get in touch with us and we will be able to advise you based on the type of event, the venue and the number of attendees that are expected.
Types of Event Security
Event security extends further than standing at the entrance of the venue; there are different roles that will need to be accounted for. It’s recommended that every event has door staff to monitor admittance to the venue, but the role they play will vary.
For concerts, sports matches and general spectator events, it’s commonplace to have door security check guests’ bags to ensure they are not in possession of hazardous items such as weapons and bottles, as well as to check for illegal substances and alcohol. Depending on how many people will be attending your event, this may be something you ask your security team to undertake.
Past the entrance, it’s a good idea to have security throughout the venue. Fire exits, toilets and bars are areas where event security services are often requested and frequently needed to help with the flow of footfall, but having additional guards in outdoor smoking areas and corridors of high traffic are also beneficial.
Special event security personnel are often sought after by event attendees for directions and general assistance, so knowing what your guests are likely to require will make it easier to determine the type of security you need and how much will be necessary.
The Cost of Hiring Security for an Event
The price of hiring security for an event will depend on a range of factors, such as:
l How many people will be attending the event
l The duties security personnel are responsible for
l How long the event is running for
l The venue the event is being held at
To get a quote for special event security, please call us on 08453 454542 and we will be happy to assist.
Do I Need Event Security?
If you’re hosting an event, security is advised. As mentioned, security guards undertake many different roles beyond dispersing disturbances; they provide directions, monitor footfall and assist in the case of an emergency. As an event organiser, you have a duty to keep those attending the event safe which is why hiring security should be top of your planning checklist.
Get in Touch
If you’re hosting an event and require security, get in touch with Taybar Security. We have over 20 years of experience in the security industry and are experts in providing a professional, efficient and comprehensive service.
All of our officers are SIA licensed and approved and have at least five years worth of experience in the events industry. We have provided security for all types of events and for events ranging in size from 50 guests to over 15,000 attendees. To find out more about what you can expect when you hire us, read our testimonials.
Contact us today to find out more about our special event security services.