If you're a venue owner then you know that all customers are not the same. The laid back and easy to get along with customer and the more demanding customer have expectations that are worlds apart. In the current business climate you know that keeping your customers happy while keeping your sanity can be a difficult balancing act. It's hard to believe but yes there are still venues that don't see the value in requiring their customers to have a security company for events at their venue. These venues are not only placing their business at great risk but their reputation in the community as well. We all know that word of mouth travels quickly especially in the social media world.
Heres a few reasons why every venue should require event security.
1. Peace of mind is very important as a business owner. You will be able to spend your time doing the business of the venue owner. A venue owner doesn't need to worry about the security of the event if they've hired professionals to secure the venue. No running around checking invites, checking identifications, bag searches, etc... That's all taken care of by a professional security company if you've hired one.
2. Venue owners know that their building and sites are going to have numerous people visit and not all are going to be honest people. A professional security company can help guard your venue from theft. The venue that you've spent your money to create shouldn't be looted after an event or during an event. Guarding your site and the possessions on site are gonna make your guest feel at ease knowing their wedding gifts are secure. The vendors that setup equipment on site are gonna feel better knowing they need not worry about their expensive electronics disappearing. A professional security company deters theft.
3. Party crashers are known on TV as fun and humorous but in reality it's an expense that the customer has to cover and many times they can create issues that could've been avoided had there been a professional security company. There should be site protocols that give invited guests a warm and inviting entrance into your venue and the opposite for unwanted visitors. Trespassing is a serious issue and if someones ex relationship shows up to make a scene it could potentially backfire on the venue owner for not properly securing the event. Checking for invites and making sure the event participants are those who are welcome isn't something a venue owner needs to deal with if they've hired a professional security company.
4. Alcohol related issues are one of the main reasons that you should have a professional security company on site. Under age drinking is a very common issue that venues deal with. Using a professional security company can aleve your worries about minors being served or drinking off others drinks. Let the security be the "bad guy" who notifies the guest that alcohol is only for those 21 and up. Some people need help realizing they've drank too much. While others need to be shown the door after causing a scene. Hiring a professional security company will keep you safe from fines and possible insurance liabilities when it comes to serving alcohol at an event.
These are just a few reasons why every venue should have a professional security company and theres only one that has the Bravo1 Protection reputation. Call/email today and let's get a consultation scheduled.
If you're headed out to a Halloween party this weekend make sure you aren't caught off guard. We've put together a few tips that might help you get more treats than tricks!
1. Always keep your ID and cash securely close to you. Check your pockets if its a purchased costume to make sure its gonna hold your important items securely. Having to replace cards and your ID can be headache. If you needed your wallet for the ride home and had lost it or worse it was stolen then it could resemble a Nightmare on Elm Street!
2. Always Always Always STAY with the group. Most people will be wearing masks and costumes that night so it's easier to commit a crime but groups discourage criminals. Stick with your friends no matter what. Parking lots and side streets can create an environment where criminals feel more confident in being hidden. Choose parking where there is good lighting. No one wants a Michael Myers moment...
3. Wear an appropriate costume for the weather--know the forecast, cold weather, rain, etc...be prepared to walk (high heels) in case the parking lot is a block or two away. Clothing that is longer or baggy can sometimes create safety issues such as tripping hazards. Make sure you can move freely in your costume especially if you needed to escape zombies. Seriously though make sure the costume wouldn't hinder you from walking or going up/down stairs.
4. If it's a party where alcohol will be served go ahead and decide on a designated driver or calling a cab. A DUI isn't something you wanna deal with after dancing the night away. A DUI can cost thousands of dollars and possibly cost someone their life. Go ahead and determine how you plan to get home before you ever leave for the party.
Following these few tips can help your evening from turning into a Thriller...
Fall for Greenville is always an exciting and busy event for all of those lucky enough to call Greenville SC home. The streets are filled with vendors and tasty samples of gourmet creations that will entice even the strongest of wills to give in and try the delectable treats. Then there are the crowds, tens of thousands flock to the area to try the food and libations from the local breweries while enjoying the bands that fill the air with music of every type...sounds like a lot fun and entertainment right?
This event requires tons of preparation and thankfully the City of Greenville knows that and does a great job. At Bravo1 Protection we understand that crowds plus alcohol and a hectic environment can equal a recipe for many hours of making sure the festival is safe and friendly for everyone who attends. This year we decided that we would help in a very different way--we would take care of the people who make sure Fall For Greenville never misses a beat and all the folks enjoy themselves. We provided a hospitality tent for the First Responders. We wanted to insure the Police officers, EMTs, and Fire fighters were furnished all their meals while they worked many long hours. We solicited local businesses for donations and provided meals Friday-Sunday. Our CEO Tammy Johnson was on site Friday when Fox Carolina stopped by to discuss why we offered to help. "It's simple really, we wanted to say we appreciate all our first responders for the long hours they work. These responders are not provided their meals when they work events like Fall for Greenville, so we wanted to make sure they had a comfy spot to stop, get a quick bite and still be close to the event. They deserve it!"
Dean Elliott our COO worked the grill Saturday and Sunday cooking burgers and brats. Saturday was a rainy day but the responders let us know all weekend long how much they appreciated the meals.
We are very proud of all our First Responders and we hope that this small gesture on our part was seen as a BIG THANK YOU to the men and women who made Fall for Greenville safe and friendly.
Also a special thank you to Sticky Fingers for donating Friday's meals. We served 250 meals over the weekend.
Over the next few weeks colleges all across the US will be accepting their incoming freshmen class, and for freshmen parents, safety is always a top concern. At Bravo1 Protection we have provided security services for a lot of college events, and have had to interfere with some pretty unfortunate situations. Here are some quick tips we recommend you review with your child BEFORE they go to school.
1. Always be aware of your surroundings. When walking on campus, make sure you are alert, OFF your phone and paying attention to what and who is around you. I cannot stress enough, walking to your dorm late at night is not the time to be texting your friend about an upcoming party. Stay on lite sidewalks and walk with a buddy whenever you can. Know where your campuses emergency call boxes are, and where security guards are usually stationed. If you ever feel that someone is following you, walk quickly to the nearest security guard and ask for an escort to your final destination. Consider carrying pepper spray as well, just make sure it's always accessible.
2. Lock your doors. Yes, you probably know everyone on your floor in the most intimate kind of way, but always look your dorm room door, and make sure your roommate does the same.
3. Don't go to parties by yourself. I CANNOT stress this one enough. Don't ever go to a party or stay at a party by yourself after your friends have left. Your friends need to have your back and encourage you to be safe. No matter how nice people at parties may seem, you just never know. If the party gets out of control, you see weapons or generally you feel unsafe, get your friends and leave.
4. Don't get inebriated. I know this one is hard, but it's the truth. When you are inebriated your senses are inhibited, and you will quickly find yourself in a situation that you can't control. Always make sure your friend group has a designated sober monitor who is watching everyone else and keeping an eye on things.
5. Get verbal consent. If you are voluntarily or involuntarily engaging in sexual activity, know that you should only take things further if your partner verbally says yes. Parents- please remind your guys that they need to ask for verbal permission, you can't assume that because a girl is taking off her shirt she is granting permission. Consent cannot legally be given if the person is intoxicated, under the influence or otherwise inhibited. Guys or girls, if you don't feel comfortable in a sexual situation, get up and leave before its too late, no matter what your partner says. Make sure any partner you get involved with is of legal age for consent (17 in SC).
Is your child considering rushing for a fraternity or sorority? Next week we'll talk about questions to ask about the safety of your school's Greek organizations and clubs.
Summer, summer, summertime.... can you hear it? I do! Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff 1991 hit summertime song blasting through my speakers. Kool Aid flowing, speakers pounding, carefree and young. When I think of the summer my mind automatically takes me to great backyard BBQ's, laying by the pool, and traveling to some new adventure with my family. As much fun as we all love to have, we need to remember that summer time also has one of the highest peeks in crime and emergency room visits.
Here are THREE safety reminders to help keep your summertime a time where you can "Sit back and unwind"
1. Backyard BBQ's can be a ton of fun. Who doesn't love a grilled hamburger or hotdog fresh off the smoking grill? Potato salad, baked beans, yum, it makes me hungry just thinking about it. Remember while we sit around the grill and watch the blaze of white cloudy smoke and hot red flames that we need to be safe. Safety practices aren't only in place as we cook on the grill, the single most forgotten safety measure happens when we take that last item off. Regardless if it's a gas grill or good old fashioned charcoal, remembering to properly extinguish and shut down the grill will prevent that fun summertime backyard BBQ from being a fire truck stop. When using a gas grill remember to turn off the gas from the gas can. Turning the burner off isn't enough, it's important to turn off the gas line as well. Charcoal stays sweltering hot for a very long time, remember to smother the gray charcoal by closing the lid also adding cold water.
2. Poolside fun! The best times that I have as an adult in the summer is taking my children to the pool. I fill up my cooler, pack some snacks and we're off for a few hours. NOTE TO ALL... Yes, African American's sunburn! This may be the single most important thing that I may say to you, USE SUNSCREEN! I have in the last few weeks had more and more conversations about the importance of sunscreen. Have you ever had sunburn? Hum, if you have then you know how important it is to protect yourself! Using sunscreen isn't hard or complicated. Go to the nearest drug store and purchase a sunscreen with broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum protection for both UVB and UVA. Lastly, USE IT!
3. Vacations, traveling, and even staycations are at the top of everyone's list during the summer. Beaches, cruises, even foreign travel is at an all time high during the warm and sunny months. With social media as our new best friend, we all want to capture every single moment and show the world where we are and what we are doing. Unfortunately as great as social media is, it's also a breeding ground for crime. As much as grandma loves to see on Facebook how cute her sweet grandbabies look in Disney world with Mickey, criminals love that they know you aren't home and your hundreds of miles away. Be mindful of the things you post on social media and know that although we all love to see that your standing in front of the Eiffel Tower, so do the bad guys.
My last and final reminder for these nice and hot days, have loads of fun during your summer, summer, summertime and just sit back and unwind.
Proactive is defined by Webster's dictionary as "creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened." While reactive is defined as "acting in response to a situation rather than creating or controlling it."
Over the last month the news has reported an alarming number of incidents at bars and nightclubs. Just yesterday a man was reported shooting outside of a Mauldin, SC bar injuring patrons. A few weeks earlier, in Greenville, SC a bar fight contributed to the death of one of the employees. Neither reports indicated that there were any proactive measures in place.
While I'm out in the field working I ask one question, what does it means to be proactive vs reactive in your establishment? I've heard a lot of different and creative answers, but the bottom-line is, 911!
Most of the time, what I've found is that the focus is on running the establishment, which it should be. Most owners and general managers want to have a safe environment they just don't realize that proactive is better than reactive as it relates to security. When a response is needed to the safety and security of their establishment, the reliance is heavily placed on law enforcement. Yes, that is what they are here for, and we love our SC Law Enforcement Officers. Proactive measures is having a safety net in place that generates an immediate response rather than having to wait on a response.
Reactive measures involve the police and sometimes other emergency services such as firemen and even an ambulance. This meaning that the situation has already taken place and now we need to put things to bed. Arrest need to be made, fires put out, even a trip to the emergency room. Running things in a reactive fashion allows things to get out of control. It allows an environment that can be viewed as unsafe and even cause harm to the patrons and employees.
As a SLED Certified Private Security company what all of this means is this, we integrate ourselves into your business. We have the authority to make arrest on your property, we can detain and work with the local law enforcement when they arrive, we also support the company from start to finish should a trip to court be warranted. As an ambassador we know how you want your business to run, we know when things aren't running in a proper fashion and we can intercept to be proactive and bring things back on course.
It's simple... you run your business and allow Bravo1 Protection to be the proactive measure needed to create security for you, your patrons, and employees.
Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart celebrate what is known as St. Patrick’s Day.
What began as a religious feast day, has now become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.
While celebrating and partaking in these festivities, you should consider your safety. During festivals and parades most people aren't thinking about the "what if's" they are normally having a great time and are carefree.
Here are five tips for maintaining your personal safety while out enjoying all the nightlife entertainment options.
1. Stay in groups, operate with the buddy system.
2. Avoid carrying large purses or bags, take only what you need and can hold close.
3. Separate your driver’s license, cash and credit card from your purse, so if you are mugged they don’t get your ID or cash. Carry critical item in your front pockets.
4. Walk with a confident demeanor while maintaining an awareness of your surroundings.
5. If you feel threatened, alert the venue’s staff or security officer and ask for help.
I know talking about safety can be a "Debbie Downer" but the reality is there are people out there that are anticipating you not being aware.
Remember Safety First! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Look at the computer you are working on. How much protection do you have? Passwords, payrolls and that last game of Words With Friends, are they safe and secure? If you are a smart business owner, the answer is yes!
So, who's protecting your non-web assets?
From events, equipment, guest, and staff your company has significant assets to protect. Have you considered hiring a private security company?
Security is a growing concern in the business community, and it deserves serious consideration. Every company should make it a priority to properly secured its assets to include, employees and inventory. It only makes sense to hire a private company that focuses not just on being the keeper of the gate, but one that provides efficient, secure services and will be an ambassador for your company.
I've found that while firms in the Upstate of South Carolina realize the need for security , it tends to fall very far down on the to-do-list. When the need finally surfaces, usually haphazardly, they rush to fill the void of "security" by setting up an in-house team. While some have found this solution to work, the question still remains, how effective is your in house security?
So why haven't you hired a private security company?
As a business woman, let's be honest the first rule of thumb typically means what... money! By no means do we ever want to compromise our safety for money, but you haven't called that private security company because, well, it just wasn't in this years budget.
What you should know, is that by hiring a private security company to not only safeguard your premises, you also save money. When you hire your own in-house team, your worker’s compensation costs will increase as will your general liability costs. In addition, you will have to pay for training, uniforms, vehicles, and well let's just face it, now it becomes a new team to manage. Hiring a private security company eliminates the need for you to take on these additional costs and the time you will spend managing that new team.
Training, yes I said training! You don't expect for that new guy you hired to know what it means to be "security" do you?
By hiring a private security company such as Bravo1 Protection quality training is the name of the game. Each one of our SLED Certified security offers participate in over 10 hours of training and continuing education courses annually. Keeping up with all the latest training techniques is what sets us apart from your in-house security and the competition. Quality training assures you get the best and most professional service all the time, every time!
So why should you hire a private security company, well not just any, but Bravo1 Protection? The answer is simple, we will save your business money, time and resources. We have great connections with our local law enforcement, a reputable name in the community and we provide hospitality driven, exceptional service.
Anticipation is the name of the game in the private security business. Most companies are reactive rather than proactive. Our job is to prepare for the worst so you don’t have to. That goes for working at a bar, hosting an event, walking a fence or patrolling a manufacturing plant. While business owners realize that a crisis can hurt them from an emotional and possibly physical standpoint, many haven’t thought about the way it will impact them financially. That can mean lawsuits; simply because your festival, arena, manufacturing plant or restaurant didn’t have proper security. These lawsuits can be expensive! Case in point: A Texas jury awarded the parents of two college students $27 million in a lawsuit they filed against McDonald’s last year, arguing the restaurant's lack of security measures resulted in the deaths of their children. McDonald’s was found liable for failing to provide adequate security not for the restaurant itself, but rather for the parking lot.
Let that sink in for a second. You are in charge of your patrons and guests. No Matter What!
This lawsuit should be wake-up call if you own or manage a facility. Whether you have had issues or not increasing your security can save you time and money.
Potential controls for such public facilities could include:
· Visible security officer presence
· Monitored security cameras
· Panic/duress alarms in at-risk locations
· Roving security patrols
· Defined security policy on when to call police
· Annual security-risk assessments
· Warning signs
And of course, call Bravo1 Protection because we specialize in providing hospitality-driven, exceptional security service.
Tammy Johnson, our CEO and serial entrepreneur, have over 15 years of hospitality experience. She writes about how a business can benefit from hiring a private security company.