Best Practices to Ensure Safety at Night Clubs
With the wave of tragedies that have swept night clubs in recent years, increasing security at these establishments has become a huge focus, not only for proprietors, but for patrons, as well.
If you own a night club, the safer your property is, the more people you are going to attract, which means more money in your pocket. Additionally, you’ll be able to reduce the risk of insurance claims and lower your insurance premiums. Plus, you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that the people who enter your establishment will be safer and have a much more enjoyable time without having to constantly worry that something bad might happen.
There are several ways that you can increase the security of your night club. Here are some tactics that will provide extremely effective results.
Install Metal Detectors
It may seem a bit rash, but a metal detector will really step up the security of your night club. These detectors can be used to check patrons for weapons, including guns and knives, before they enter your facility. It’s far better to be safe than sorry, and club goers will appreciate the extra sense of security that a metal detector will provide.
Use ID Scanners
This is particularly important if you serve alcohol at your night club. It’s easy for underage patrons to get their hands on high-quality IDs that can easily pass for the real-deal. While you may have an expert security guard checking IDs, a really well designed fake ID can easily get past even the most experienced guard’s eyes.
An ID scanner will check to make sure that all of the details on an ID check out, thus ensuring the identification guests’ provide is legitimate. This will reduce your liability by preventing you from getting into trouble with the law if underage patrons who used a fake ID are served alcohol. It will also help to prevent many of the other problems that occur when those who are underage consume adult beverages, such as alcohol poisoning and/or aggressive behavior that could lead to fights breaking out.
Get a UV Light Scanner
If your cash registers are located in dimly lit areas, it can be difficult for your bartenders and other people who handle money to accurately check any currency that is tendered and ensure it’s the real deal. As a result, you may be taking in counterfeit bills or even traveler’s checks, which means you could end up being out a tremendous amount of money.
In order to combat the issue of counterfeit money, paper bills, as well traveler’s checks have been integrated with UV ink. These inks make it easy for proprietors to determine if the money they are handling is real. Simply pass the money that is tendered through a UV light counterfeit detector and if the bills are real, the UV ink will instantly light up. This will let you know if you are handling real money or if you have been passed something fake.
Link to a Security Company
While you can certainly monitor the footage your security cameras offer, there’s a chance that you might miss something – especially when you are busy attending to all the responsibilities that are required for running a night club.
By having a professional security company monitor your footage, you can ensure that all behavior will be watched, and if any issues arise, you – and law enforcement officials – will be notified.
Utilize a Bill Counter
Most night club owners deal with a lot of cash. While your goal is certainly to bring in as much cash as possible, it can be difficult to keep track of.
Bill counters can help to take the guess work out of counting money. These machines are specifically designed to accurately count bills, which makes them much less prone to error than counting by hand. With a money counter, you can keep your accounting procedures in a much more efficient and organized fashion.
Install Plenty of Fire Alarms
Heaven forbid a fire breaks out in your night club! Make sure that you have plenty of fire alarms and sprinkler systems that will activate when smoke or excessive heat is detected. By taking these measures, your guests will have a better chance of getting out of the facility and to safety in the event that a fire does break out.
Install Security Cameras
This is, without a doubt, one of the most effective ways to step up the security at your night club.
Security cameras can be used to keep tabs on patrons, including their activity before they enter your club, as well as the activity they engage in once they are admitted entry. The key to ensuring your security cameras are as effective as possible is their location. Make sure that they are strategically located in spaces where they can easily keep a watchful eye on people, but also where they aren’t completely noticeable; if they are easily visible, patrons who are interested in committing criminal activity will be on the lookout for them and commit their crimes in locations where they aren’t being watched.
Conceal the location of your security cameras. Also, make sure that they are placed in areas where criminals tend to commit illegal acts, such as near rear exits, in corners and around a busy bar.
Install Security Mirrors
In addition to security cameras, you can also install security mirrors. Place them in locations where patrons believe they are concealed and will try to commit dangerous or illegal acts. Dark corners or congested areas are the ideal spots for security mirrors. These mirrors, coupled with security cameras, will really give you a bird’s eye view of all of the things that are going on inside your night club.
By instituting these safety precautions, you can step up the security of your night club, reduce the chances of injury, and increase your success, overall. It’s far better to err on the side of caution; there’s no such thing as being too safe.