You have that special event or party on your calendar and the day is fast approaching. All the elements are coming together to ensure your event is a successful one. However, there’s one vital aspect you must address to ensure things truly do run just right: the event security concerns and the right number of security guards you need for crowd control.Part I: Choosing the Right Security Company for YouFirst, what should you look for in a security guard company to receive the service you need? Here’s a brief rundown on what to look for in a professional, reputable security company:Qualified and Licensed Security GuardsChoose a company that has a current Master Security License and only employs fully qualified and licensed Security Officers. Additionally, check that a security guard has other necessary certification, such as a First Aid Certificate. This provides the best level of protection suitable for a variety of circumstances.Regional ExperienceChoose a security company that has a history of serving your region with exceptional and dependable guards. These guards would understand the unique concerns particular to that locale. A security officer familiar with your area handles a situation based on knowledge of the environment and its people.Security Industry VersatilityChoose a company that has experience providing security guards to homes, businesses, and government. This well-rounded approach to security provides you with premium protection capable of handling many different kinds of events or parties.AffordableChoose a company that doesn’t force you sign a long-term contract. Locking yourself into a contract with a security company that doesn’t perform to your expectations is the last thing you want. A reputable security firm charges you a reasonable fee for their service. You choose how long you use their guards, and pay only for that time.Offers a Wide Variety of Security ServicesChoose a company that can handle all of your security needs. Make them your one-stop shop for whatever assets you need to protect. A good, well-rounded security service will offer security guards, but will also provide alarm responses, home alarm installation and business security system installation. They should additionally offer CCTV security cameras, access control, alarm servicing, and more.Part II: How Many Guards do I Need?The next thing to consider is the size of your event or party. How many security guards you need for crowd control depends on your venue size and the number of people attending. Having one guard per 100 people at your party or event is a general rule to meet your needs. This rule can help you plan and budget your security accordingly. Seek counsel from a security company experienced in both small-to-medium sized and large-scale events. They give good advice, based on their experience, on the correct number of security guards for your event size.Small to Medium Sized Events and PartiesSmaller events do not necessarily mean fewer security personnel. Small to medium-sized events held outdoors over a wide area might require several guards. This is to control entry and exit in numerous spots. Such an event in a larger room with many points of entry may require the same. An event can easily become difficult to control if a room is too small and becomes overcrowded. There’s also the chance more guests may show up than originally planned. This can happen when you have no pre-determined guest list. If the event is open to everyone or is vulnerable to “party crashers”, you may require professional security guards experienced in those situations.Large-Scale EventsFor crowd control at larger events or parties, you will definitely need significant event security. No matter the size of the venue, there’s always the risk a large crowd can get out of control. You don’t want an understaffed event from a security standpoint. You can run into legal issues by not having sufficient security, especially if someone becomes injured. Knowing the scope of your event, a security company offers guidance on what type of guard is compatible. A high profile event, with high-value assets on display and VIP’s, may require visible armed personnel. A low-key event with no expensive assets in the space and fewer guests may require only an unarmed security guard presence.Events where alcohol is served in a festive, high-energy atmosphere may require event security guards stationed amongst a crowd. This is to spot volatile situations quickly and defuse them. Events and parties of a more subdued nature often mean security officers stationed solely at entrances will be suitable, especially when there exist only a few points of entry. Uniformed security guards are appropriate where an open show of authority is desirable. Sometimes you need to make it obvious to event-goers that inappropriate behaviour will receive a swift response. Meanwhile, plain clothes event security is often advisable for situations where a uniform may cast too harsh a presence over a dignified event.In ClosingConsider the above points when it comes to hiring quality security guards for your next event or party. By doing so, you will ensure your guests receive quality, effective protection and you will also enhance your integrity as an event facilitator at the same time. The choice of the right security company and the right number of security guards is crucial to protecting the investment you have in your event.
While modern technology certainly enhances business security programs, the human element is just as important. No amount of technology can monitor a premises like the nuanced view of a keen pair of human eyes. Moreover, a professional security guard provides the observant reasoning vital to comprehensive security monitoring.With that in mind, let’s look at two aspects of the decision to hire a security guard for your premises: I) some conditions that make security guards a necessity for business security, and II) what ROI you can expect.Part I: When Do You Need a Security Guard?1. To Supplement Access Control Systems and Monitor Internal/External Building ActivityYou may have a warehouse or operations facility that houses valuable people, machinery and merchandise. With a significant investment in these personnel and resources, you need to protect them. Unless you invest in cameras to monitor every square foot of vulnerable space, which can be impractical, your security coverage may be incomplete.Here is where hiring a good security guard comes in. They can fill in possible security coverage gaps and are able to perform interior and exterior patrols as needed. They can see areas your cameras cannot.A guard can also oversee existing access control systems, as a Concierge. A set of eyes watching those who enter and exit the premises is often required because security credentials can be stolen or misused.For example, an unauthorised person could potentially acquire someone else’s swipe card or keypad code and attempt to enter the premises without authorisation. A competent security officer or concierge would spot the unfamiliar face and approach them for questioning.2. When CCTV Requires Real-Time Monitoring by Human EyesSimple CCTV coverage provides an important visual record of activity, usable by police investigations and legal proceedings – but after the fact. A security guard can monitor CCTV systems for attempted security breaches as they happen. They then can initiate a proactive response that offers optimum protection based on their judgement and experience.A guard can analyse situations, not just record and report them. They can monitor multiple CCTV sectors simultaneously. Swift analysis by a licensed and trained security officer means a response suited to the situation.This may involve alerting police immediately. Or, it may simply involve non-aggressive confrontation with those who have happened upon your premises but mean no harm. These analytical capabilities in situations are a prime reason for hiring live security.A guard can also trust their “gut feeling” if they perceive questionable motives in a person’s behaviour. A CCTV or access control system cannot perform this analysis of live people. They monitor and record, but do not undertake sentient reasoning to assess someone’s intentions, while security personnel do this regularly.3. When Retailers Need to Discourage TheftLet’s face it: theft, both internal (by employees) and external (by shoplifters) is a major problem in the retail industry. Security guards are especially suited to retail firms with large inventories across numerous categories. A medium-to-large retail store can employ security guards to patrol the selling floor, especially in areas displaying high-cost items.This can be done undercover by plainclothes security officers to apprehend both unsuspecting shoplifters and store employees committing theft. Alternately, the guards can be uniformed. This can send a strong message to would-be thieves: they now see that the premises are under constant surveillance both from digital and human eyes.Part II: The Return on Your Investment – What’s the ROI in Hiring a Guard?Upon using security guards, you will find that your ROI becomes quite apparent.First, regular inventory counts of your warehouse, manufacturing facility, or retail store assets will provide the hard numbers you are looking for. With an effective security solution in place that includes live guards, these numbers will demonstrate that your asset loss drops with a security guard safeguarding your business investments.By doing a simple “before and after” analysis, you can compare the cost of live eyes protecting your premises to the cost of losses incurred before a guard or guards were hired. This is measured in dollars and is a very concrete way to assess ROI.Second, you can measure ROI by thinking about peace of mind. Knowing a professional security guard is walking about your business and looking out for signs of trouble before it occurs is a reassuring thought. A quality security officer lessens the stress one can often feel trying to manage an enterprise.Third, reducing asset loss through hiring security guards means more money to invest in building your business instead of replacing stock or machinery. This of course leads to greater potential business profits, since the resources you need to grow your business are not as likely to be tied up in rebuilding after a loss.In ConclusionAn alarm, CCTV or access control system is necessary and effective for many business security situations. But, it cannot understand human behaviour, while a security guard can. Technology-based security systems monitor actions taken. A live security guard anticipates actions and therefore may respond before a breach or damage occurs.Use the technology options available to you, in concert with human monitoring and according to your business needs to ensure you have a complete monitoring solution for your premises. An on-site security officer provides that all-important human insight for your building management programs and can pay for itself over time.