Security Guard Staffing For A Special Event

In our most recent First Security Services blog post for CALSAGA, we examine how much of a security presence is needed for certain types of events, based on a number of factors. The topics covered include how many guests are expected to be in attendance, control of event access, parking and crowd control, and additional security measures such as security escorts, undercover security and armed guards.


An important consideration when hiring security for an event is keeping a low profile, less conspicuous presence so as not to alarm guests, while maintaining the safety of all parties in attendance. It’s better to err on the side of caution and have too much security, rather than not enough, but it’s important to make sure your guests are comfortable as well.


Estimating How Many Security Guards You’ll Need


As a general rule of thumb, you’ll need one security professional for every 50 to 100 guests. 100 guests means you’ll need 1-2 security team members, while 1,000 guests will require 15 to 20 security guards.


Controlling access to an event might require extra security personnel, depending on how many points of access there are and whether admission is restricted or limited. Overcrowding is one of the biggest causes of disruptions at an event with a lot of people and controlling the flow of people, traffic and guests entering the venue can be a good way to minimize risk.


If there any celebrity guests, speakers or high profile individuals in attendance at an event, personal security escorts should be considered as well. The bigger the event, the more you should consider additional security for marquee guests, performers and entertainers.


Special Event Resources


Security At Special Events – Tips and advice about handling security for an event, including special considerations that should be taken into account based on the number of guests and event profile.


Event Safety Alliance – A non-profit association that focuses on the important safety aspects of hosting an event through education, best practices and planning.