Posted by Dan Holden on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Under: Guest Security Articles
A fundamental consideration facing you as an event or party planner is event security arrangements for your function. It is a mistake to go down the road of choosing either the cheapest you could find or even taking a chance on the first security company you come across.
This attitude is fine if all you are looking to do is fulfill an insurance requirement or look to have positions filled but this could be a costly mistake as you cannot guarantee the quality of event security operative you are hiring.
What you need consider is that event security staff are habitually the initial point of contact when anybody turns up to your event and if their appearance and demeanour are entirely deficient then it will reflect terribly on you.
As event security members are almost always the first point of contact for patrons, then should you get the staffing wrong then you will very quickly realise that your career has been irrevocably stained and will be beyond redemption. It is not only good money you are throwing away but your hard earned reputation as a quality service provider.
When it comes to employing security staff the old saying of quality over quantity is perhaps the most apt idea of what you need to keep in mind when considering your choice of security operative. There are many security companies out there and you need to choose one that offers that bit extra when it comes to their employees.
Select a security company whose employees have added core skills, core skills that have been tested on a daily basis, somebody whose experience derives from the likes of the emergency services.
The reasoning behind this is that not only do they have the same understanding of all aspects of security but they will be trained to a higher degree in trauma management, they will have road traffic collision knowledge, emergency response driver experience and numerous other skills that an ordinary security operative will never acquire.
If you are tasked with the organisation of an event and if you are given the option of either hiring two security operatives who are on minimum wage or hiring one guy who is initially more expensive but has all of the previously mentioned extra attributes then I would go for the single guy.
And the reason for this?
Simply put, the lone operative has a proven pedigree in professionalism and dedication to getting the job done to the highest of standards, whereas the two who are on minimum wage have no incentive to put in the same level of effort and may actually resent the task they are given.
When you start to view it in this context then you will see that you are getting the best value for your money, a great ambassador for your company, an operative who is tried and tested in exacting environments and someone who is capable of dealing with a multitude of additional scenarios. Sourcing an up and coming security company whose staff fulfill the previously mentioned criteria should satisfy the security needs of your event.
Should you choose such a company you will find them to be eager, experienced and more than capable of supplying the quality your event demands.
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