Sports functions are notably high-energy but high-risk crowd events. The presence of partisan support for a team, coupled with potential alcohol consumption, can lead to trouble. Having on-site, highly-visible security officers who are expert in crowd and confrontation control and is vital to ensuring your event's smooth operation and attendee safety.
In early 2016, A-League soccer franchise Western Sydney Wanders were fined $50,000 and handed a league points deduction due to ongoing crowd disruption and violence. A year later, the club's fans were again cited for crowd trouble, according to ABC News.
Prosek Security has 15 years of experience in crowd management, picking up a few effective tricks along the way that could have been useful in preventing or curtailing the Wanderers crowd trouble. Here are three tips to ensuring your sports event goes off without a hitch.
1. Risk Assessment
One of the keys to ensuring a successful sports event is identifying risk factors before they manifest into crowd trouble. Our trained security officers offer extensive advice to curtail the chances of negative behaviour during the planning stages, and are trained in crime prevention measures, so organisers and businesses can rest easy knowing that their event is being watched over with a keen eye. They are also trained in addressing confrontation and work closely with law enforcement forces, meaning any criminal activity will be swiftly and effectively dealt with.
2. Attendee and staff safety
Keeping your attendees and staff safe is vital, no matter the event – Prosek offers a security service tailored specifically to your event's needs. High-visibility officers provide a psychological deterrent to anti-social behaviour, but discreet security also has its merits.
''It's often a matter of heavy-handed crowd management practices that leads to circumstances where violence develops''
In a report on the crowd trouble afflicting the Wanderers club, member of support organisation the Red and Black Bloc, Matt Adamson, said ''It's often a matter of heavy-handed crowd management practices that leads to circumstances where violence develops''. In this vein, our security officers are trained in customer service skills, meaning they are friendly and helpful faces for your event attendees while also removing psychological barriers between security and crowds.
3. Venue surveillance
Guaranteeing the safety of your venue is also an important function of Prosek's crowd management service. Damage or defacement of venue infrastructure or property can be a hugely inconvenient and unnecessary cost to operators and businesses. We have a range of surveillance and monitoring options, ranging from mobile patrols of security offers to console surveillance and CCTV monitoring.
Ensuring the success of your event and maintaining safe and effective crowd control is our area of expertise. Avoiding the common pitfalls that lead to bad crowd management are simple, and employing the services of Prosek Security to deal with your crowd management is even simpler. For more information on how we can help, please contact us today.