Crowd Management – Any time there is a large group of people gathered in one confined space, there’s always the potential of danger. Even something as simple as evacuating a building can have disastrous consequences if not properly managed, the most obvious example being Rhode Island’s Station Nightclub in 2003. Though there were other circumstances at play in that particular incident, it serves as a horrific reminder of what can happen when panic sets in on a crowd.
Know the difference between a bouncer, a doorman and a security guard and what the different roles entail? This article explains some of the primary duties and what’s involved.
Guest Validation – Part of any crowd management strategy is validating guests, whether that means checking guest lists, confirming and validating VIP status or ejecting patrons, should the need arise. Private security guards can validate guests and handle access privileges as well as the other services listed here.
Parking Enforcement – Whether a nightclub offers parking space or valet services, it should not be an overlooked aspect of venue security. Many disputes and fights happen in parking lots and garages, particularly if an unruly guest has been asked to leave the club. Maintaining a well-lit and securely monitored parking area–as well as limiting access if necessary–can be the difference between a good reputation and bad one for nightclub owners and management.
Perimeter Control – Controlling access points goes beyond operating as a doorman and checking IDs. A complete security plan for a nightclub in San Francisco (or anywhere else in the Bay Area, for that matter) should include regular perimeter monitoring, whether access is restricted or completely off limits. Maintaining a safe perimeter not only keeps out unwanted guests, but it’s also an easy way to spot suspicious behavior before it turns into trouble.
Surveillance – Part of a the security detail for any building is surveillance, whether it’s done remotely through closed circuit televisions or with vehicle and foot patrol. Quality security guard companies do more than just guard the entrance to the building, they protect the entire venue inside and out with open eyes and attentive ears.
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San Francisco Nightclub Resources
Nightclub Safety – An excerpt from Nightclub and Bar Magazine that has information about what you can do to ensure a safer nightclub from a leading industry consultant.
California Music & Culture Association – An organization of venue owners, industry professionals and music fans that work together to promote music and culture in California. The group advocates for accountability and economic development.