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Event Security

Event security london is one of ‘crowd control’ combined with basic security duties like patrolling, pass/I.D checks and access control.    But the main difference is one of venue control, to secure the venue internally and externally by placement of multiple officers at key points.

Venue officers can be known as Event Stewards, Security Officers, or just plain Guards – but the role is the same which is to protect the delegates, the public, premises and suppliers from threats or just to see the event runs without incident.

The Security Guard

These are either from a military background or tend to be civillians from other industries.  Requirements tend to be for people with extensive customer/people facing backgrounds as events require dealing with the public directly.    The most preferred personnel are likely from Retail, Hospitality, Customer Services or those who hold qualifications/training in those areas.

There’s no such thing as ‘the best’ operative or guard  –  ALL security staff are qualified and now legally have to be so whether its Static Guarding, Close Protection trained or Mobile Officers who previously sat at least the Security Industry Training Organisation (SITO) 4 day course and qualification to operate in the UK.    Now the standards are higher and require potential officers to be licensed by at least passing either the Level 2 Award in Security Guarding or Level 2 Award in Door Supervision, both offered by National Open College Network and City & Guilds.

The Security Agency

You have 2 types – the general (with event security segment)  and event security specialist agencies.   General agencies can easily supply guards to cover events,  but sometimes large events/venues demand a higher calibre or status of guard – or one that specialises in event security.  Such guards – can provide a more efficient service as their well-drilled and experienced with venue operations,  but usually smaller events request merely a ‘presense’ to keep crowd conflict to a minimum.   So contracts will depend on a client’s needs and thus the type of guards deployed to sites.

Securing the Venue

Venue Security London is one of Access Control and Patrolling.  Now, usually venues have 2 access points (front and rear), with one to two guards at each point, perhaps a metal detector and detection wands for premises with large footfall and depending on the event type.  Depth of security will depend on size of event, for instance a concert requires larger security than a nightclub venue would, that relies on minimal door staff.

Searching is done in a set way eg:  male on male and female on female, this is to prevent any females visitors from accusing male officers of rape, touching etc –  although its rare and with current laws, it’s a very risky undertaking.   Most guards are ‘contract’  which means their hired in via a security guard company such as Chubb or 1st Security Guards etc,  duties are often patrolling, issuing tickets, directing traffic, searching the public, checking passes or ejecting trouble-makers from the venue, ensuring the event remains enjoyable.  Guards/Officers will switch roles from static to patrols around the venue, to protect the public, control numbers, and perform general safety checks.


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