Outdoor concerts combine Americans’ love for music with their need to socialize. It’s become a national pastime that shows no end in sight. Yet today’s ongoing global trend of open and senseless violence can make even the most outgoing music lover opt to pass on the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only can that fear ruin lives in its wake, but it can also spread thus destroying your entertainment business or venue. Hiring an extra layer of active, highly trained human staff can be a valuable solution to improving the security of summer concerts. But why are security guards so important?
Security Guards Can Be Trained to Handle Crowd Control and Save Lives
Let’s not pull any punches here. The idea of going to a festival sounds great until you turn on the news. From Paris to Manchester to Los Angeles, more and more venues are threatening to close due to violence and potential danger at music events. And yet, those that remain open continue pulling in huge crowds, especially when security is at peak performance. It may seem as though those burly guards are standing around bored with nothing to do, but they’re fully trained to strike at the first sign of distress or danger.
Stadium and concert security guards are certified in First Aid and CPR. They’re fully tested for aggressive behavior and anger management issues. Criminal history clearance and random drug tests are thoroughly performed. They’re trained on coordinated evacuation methods and procedures. They’re experienced with traffic, parking, and crowd control. Armed security guards patrol grounds and can easily assess and curtail trouble to stop theft, bullying, sexual harassment, and violent crime. And they’re trained on proper use of force as well as modern security equipment such as metal detectors, wands, and firearms when needed.
Security Guards Can Be Trained to Handle Terrorist Attacks
The occasional fight or stolen wallet is one thing. But continual stories about outright terrorist attacks can make you want to lock your kids in a closet and never let them leave home again. Tragedies such as the one that claimed 80 lives at Paris’ Le Bataclan have absolutely no rhyme or reason. But security guards combined with other professional security solutions can help deter terrorism. According to Neilsen Research, 32 million Americans attended a music festival in 2015, a third of those festival lovers attended more than one, and summer was the main stage for those events.
Coachella, Ozzfest, Lollapalooza, Burning Man, and CMA are just some of the highlights. Regardless of the genre, almost half of the crowd is within millennial age of 18 to 34. And unfortunately, that’s a targeted age group for violent offenders. Professionally trained event security guards are able to handle crowd control, multitask with multiple security areas, assist in medical emergencies, secure perimeters of any event, identify and remove dangerous individuals, and de-escalate potentially dangerous situations. When it’s time to take your venue to the next level, professional summer concert security solutions via Korner Security can be music to your ears.