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Security and Logistics of Planning an Indoor Vs. Outdoor Event

One of the first things you’ll learn in a career in security is that no two venues are the same. Every event location comes with its own special set of considerations that must be identified and carefully attended to by your team. Narrow hallways might present a safety concern in the event of a fire or other emergency. Conversely, it may be more difficult to apprehend wrongdoers in large, open arena settings. It’s up to security personnel to evaluate each venue and determine what procedures and protocols will best serve the event at hand. We can start by dividing events into one strict dichotomy: indoor and outdoor events.

Indoor Events

The contained, enclosed nature of indoor events can be both a blessing and a curse for security teams. On the one hand, it’s typically far easier to secure and control passage through points of egress at an indoor event. On the other hand, a large crowd in a small venue can quickly become a danger to itself if not properly policed. Security teams must be careful to ensure guest lists don’t exceed fire code regulations. In the event of an emergency, supplemental exits must be carefully managed so that guests are able to leave in a safe and orderly fashion.

Conspicuously placed CCTV systems can serve as powerful deterrents to would-be criminals at indoor events. In many cases security teams can maintain order and prevent criminal activity just by making their presence known at an indoor event. Generally speaking, people will only commit crimes if they’re confident that they can get away with it. The mere presence of a qualified, competent security force is enough to keep most people out of trouble. At indoor events, it’s often easier to maintain the appearance of having “eyes in the sky” policing bad behavior.

Outdoor Events

The two chief challenges typically associated with outdoor events are perimeter security and crowd control. To maintain perimeter security, small patrols equipped with two-way radios should be placed at intervals around the event. This allows patrols to quickly identify and react to perceived security threats that may compromise the safety of events. This system can facilitate effective crowd control measures as well. In the event of an emergency, no two patrols will ever be more than about 100 feet from one another. If need be, separate patrols can quickly coordinate and converge to respond to dangerous situations.

At outdoor events, it may be easier to coordinate with local law enforcement agencies as well. By leveraging the existing police presence in an area, private forces may be able to ease the stress of perimeter protection. And of course, there are few deterrents more effective than uniformed police officers.

Closing Thoughts

Unfortunately, regardless of the type of venue, many people don’t realize the value of a security presence until it’s too late. Just recently, an artist showcasing her pieces at an art fair in Chicago had thousands of dollars’ worth of work stolen when her tent was left open overnight. Had the area been properly secured, this unfortunate incident may well have been averted.

With Design Week just around the corner, event security is on everyone’s mind in Miami. Want to learn more about how a security detail from ProSecur can protect your next big event? Give us a call today for more information.

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