Keeping events secure

It’s sad but true: we’re living in a time where crowds have become an attractive target for those with malicious intentions. Large-scale events such as Glastonbury, Coachella and Comic Con draw in thousands and thousands of people over just a few days meaning event organisers and their security teams have the mammoth task of keeping these visitors safe for the duration.

But how do they do this? There are the obvious methods of body scanners and bag checks upon entry to minimise risk. Regular patrols of the area will take place with the aim of preventing any suspicious behaviour. Overall, the process of event security is quite complex and requires extensive coordination and communication.

It’s not just event attendees who need to be scrutinised: how can security teams prevent a person who has an intention to cause harm from infiltrating their services? If a forged staff ID is in the wrong hands, it legitimises a criminal’s presence and ultimately presents a dangerous risk.

Securing your ID badges can prevent misuse. Personalised cards that are clearly identifiable with the visual security of a HoloKote® watermark or UV coating. This helps prevent fraudsters recreating ID badges to gain entry to events such as festivals, exhibitions and conferences.

And don’t forget volunteers, event organisers, stall holders and any other members of staff. They should be provided with a visually secure ID badge such as the ones which can be created by most desktop ID card printers with easy to use badging software.

Visitors want to be able to attend their favourite events and know they’re going to remain safe while they’re there. Something as small as an ID badge with added visual security can greatly contribute towards the security of these people.

For further reading on fake IDs, see our paper called The Menace of Fake IDs.

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Clare Lamb
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