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Why Special Events Are Often a Security Risk

Why Special Events Are Often a Security Risk

Security for Outdoor Events Why are special events a security risk? Typically, special events involve individuals who may be famous or controversial. Take, for instance, political rallies where there are polarizing persons running for office… some people might love them and others might dislike them. A controversial person with “detractors” can attract those who purposely want to cause trouble at their event(s). How about popular musicians, ······performers and/or TV/movie celebrities? When they’re around, crowds can go wild in their presence– creating a mob scene of sorts. Famous people often need security officers to clear a path for them, keep them safe from bodily harm/attacks, and more.

Special events aren’t the norm. That’s why they’re special. Maybe the event is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, whereas you’ll never get the same people together for the same reason ever again. Therefore, everything about the event has a heightened sense of importance. People might be nervous. They might be prone to act out or do things they normally wouldn’t do during mundane, routine events. Security needs to be hyper-vigilant during special events in order to deal with any “surprises.”

Security at special events might include metal detectors, checking bags for weapons, setting up and guarding gates for crowd control/access control, and, of course, parking lots, which often require their own set of rules to be followed. Bad things can even happen in parking lots, such that security needs to be aware of what’s going on “outside the venue” at all times.

Think of how many different people and different groups are involved in a special event. You have caterers. You have people with expensive musical and audio equipment. There can be rich and famous people, as well as thieves. Do background checks need to be run? Who will search people for weapons or drugs? If there’s suspicious behavior, are there security officers around to investigate?

From college campuses to private events held in people’s homes, special events always take time and planning in order to be safe and successful. Security is a major component of any special event today. When there’s extreme weather, alcohol, medical emergencies, and/or fights, doesn’t it make sense for security officers to be on hand, helping control crowds at special events? Of course! Call LawDog Security at 773-233-5742 for help planning your Chicago-area special event’s expert security coverage.

How Security Officers Improve Corporate Events

How Security Officers Improve Corporate Events

Sometimes people think security officers are just for entertainers or politicians, but the truth is they are needed and utilized for all sorts of people, including those planning and attending business events. Businesses involve people, products/services, and money. Whenever money is involved, one must be wary of who’s coming around. It could be a disgruntled… Continue Reading

When You  Should Consider Having an Executive Protection Officer Nearby

When You Should Consider Having an Executive Protection Officer Nearby

When should executives consider having protection? If they ever feel the need to be physically shielded from maddening crowds or angry workers, then they should have at least one executive protection officer around them. Furthermore, in today’s world, executives may need protection officers to help protect “codes,” “keys,” and other important data and/or computer-related information… Continue Reading

Tips for Preventing Fraud In Your Business

Tips for Preventing Fraud In Your Business

We want to think of people as inherently good and trustworthy but the reality is that some steal and/or commit crimes. Businesses and organizations lose revenue due to employee fraud. Detection and prevention become important to many businesses and organizations in order to combat this almost inevitable problem. Types of fraud can involve the misappropriation… Continue Reading

Why Businesses Should Have a Drug Testing Policy

Why Businesses Should Have a Drug Testing Policy

Why do some employers test for drugs? Well for starters, they mess with a persons’ ability to do their jobs (and their lives) in a proper way. Drugs have a way of altering the mind, body and soul whereas the end results are, simply, bad. Would you want a drug addict watching your child? No.… Continue Reading