Opening up a nightclub is the dream of many people in the EDM scene. The chance to design the layout, decor, and most important of all, the concept of the club itself, is more than enough to lure the bold and creative into giving it a shot, never mind the potential for epic performances by up-and-coming artists as well as the glory of being the owner of a popular nightspot.
However, in order to go about providing a one-of-a-kind venue for people to go have fun and unwind, it’s important for aspiring nightclub owners to stop and carefully consider the basics of safety and security. As much as we want to imagine there never being a reason to worry about the potential for harm to befall clubgoers just trying to have a good time, the truth is we live in a world with no shortage of people with a grudge against society and/or a willingness to victimize others, regardless of the consequences.
With that in mind, those with dreams of opening a nightclub need to consider the following when it comes to keeping things safe and secure:
Give security personnel room to respond:
The number of security personnel required depends on the size of the club, but in general, you want at least two people on site at any one time. In the event a clubgoer is belligerent and hostile, make it clear to your security that the individual must be escorted off the premise immediately. Let them know that if someone goes so far as to assault or attempt to assault staff or other clubgoers, they have the authority to be tough in their removal.
Don’t forget about data security:
Nightclubs are one of the last holdout hotspots for cash transactions, but the overwhelming majority of your clientele are probably going to want to open up tabs with their credit cards, and you’ll be wanting to do whatever it takes to get them spending money. With this in mind, you want to beef up your security for credit and debit card transactions to keep cardholder data secure, otherwise, the public relations fallout could cause your club to close. Get in touch with a service specializing in helping companies be PCI ASV compliant to ensure your transactions are done as safely and securely as possible. Furthermore, regularly inspect any on-site ATMs for signs of skimmers.
Look through a tactical lens:
Who could forget the tragedy which unfolded when a shooter entered the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and opened fire, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. It’s every nightclub owner’s worst nightmare, but what practical steps can be taken beside arming the aforementioned security personnel to prevent it from happening? While it is practically impossible to absolutely guarantee nobody will attempt to enter your club with a firearm with the purpose of killing others, owners can attempt to think such a scenario through in order to devise practical ways to prevent it or reduce the damage which can be done. For instance, is there a long corridor separating the entrance from the dance floor, or is it an open area? The situation plays out differently depending on which layout it is, so owners may consider this and similar factors when deciding where to position security personnel.
Nightclubs are supposed to be a place to have fun and relax, but we all know violent outbursts and criminal activity are inevitabilities of such a space. It’s just what happens when alcohol is being served to a large group of people. You have to take the good with the bad. For aspiring nightclub owners, preparing for the potential for bad is the key to ensuring they don’t interfere with the good times being had by everyone else.