What types of security are required for an event? 

You’ve got an event booked, and people are excited for the big day to roll around. You’ve planned everything down to a T: invites have been sent, the venues booked, the lineups confirmed, the food is organised, and everyone’s looking forward to getting stuck in. The final piece of the jigsaw? Keeping everyone nice and safe throughout the big day. 

In this article, we’re going to look over the 6 different types of security that’ll keep things running smoothly on the day. After learning more about the different types of security available to you, you’ll have a better understanding of which type you’ll need. The type of venue, which guests are attending, event specifics and how many people are coming are just some of the factors you’ll have to think about before deciding which type of security you’ll need, so let’s take a look at your options!

General Guard 

Think of a general guard as a security guard. You’ll see them dotted around most events you go to – events like festivals, concerts and football matches. They’re trained to keep an eye out for anything suspicious, and they’re always on the lookout to make sure people are behaving as you’d expect them to. 

One thing to keep in mind is general guards aren’t trained in a specific area. Are they useful? Absolutely. They keep your event ticking over without a hitch, and guests at your event will feel an added layer of security knowing the general guards are on hand should they need them. Just keep in mind if you’re looking for a specialised type of security, one of the options below might suit you better. 

It goes without saying that the bigger the event, the more general guards you’ll need on the day. Get in touch with us here to learn about how many general guards we recommend for your event. 


If you’ve got high-profile guests attending your event, a bodyguard might be the route to go down. They take care of one guest specifically, and it’s their job to make sure that guest is kept safe throughout the event. If you’ve got celebrities, politicians, wealthy business people or anyone else with a big pedigree turning up, they’ll almost definitely require a personal bodyguard to ensure their safety. 


The name kind of gives it away – these are the guards who stand at the entrance and exit of your events. Depending on what your event involves, they might check bags, look at ID or keep a watch out for any unsavoury behaviour. If you’re hosting a larger event, gatekeepers are a great resource for making sure only invited guests can gain access, people know where they’re going/what they’re doing whilst also keeping their eyes peeled to make sure things are running smoothly. 

Crowd control 

Big crowds can bring big issues – if they’re not handled properly. Crowd control is an absolute must at events with lots of people in one space, and these specially trained staff know how to handle high traffic in cramped spaces. With direction, guidance and advice on hand, your guests can enjoy the event with their safety intact, and that’s exactly what crowd control will do for you. Learn more about crowd control at your event here

Armed guards 

If you’re concerned about a particular security threat, or just want to add that extra level of safety for guests at your event, then you might want to think about adding armed guards to your security roster. 

They’re highly-trained, fully licensed and have the skills necessary to handle even the most tricky of security issues. Normally, they’ll have their own transport and will move around the venue to keep things in order, but you can also have them on the ground at specific checkpoints if you’d rather. Armed guards are the ultimate form of security for your event, and if you think it’s a necessary measure, you can find out more about armed guards here

Mobile patrol 

Mobile patrol units scout the venue using cars, motorbikes, bikes or other forms of transport. They’re role is to keep a constant watch on the venue as a whole, and the transport they use gives them free reign to access parts of the venue where you don’t have guards on hand. It’s not always feasible to have guards standing at every corner of your event, and mobile patrol makes sure that every nook and cranny of the venue is looked after. Another big plus of a mobile patrol is their ability to jump in and help out ‘guards on the ground’ if a situation arises – they’ve got the ability to provide backup and support anywhere in the venue. Find out more about mobile patrols for your venue here.

Final word 

Keeping everyone safe is the aim of the game when it comes to security for your event, and as you’ve seen, there’s lots of different options available. There isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to security, so take the time to consider what you’ll need. 

We’re sure you’ll have questions about what you’ll need, how much security will cost, the process in general and how you can get the ball rolling. We want to help you have the safest, smoothest and most secure day possible, so reach out to us here to learn more about how we can make your event one to remember – for all the right reasons!

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