International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Security and Safety of Special Events: A Perspective
Shizhou Wei, Bob Lee, David Groves

One of concernsfor planning aspecial event, in relation to security and safety, is what impact the visual presence of security hasupon the quality experience of the event? (Bailonet al., 2000; Simos, 2015) In many cases, heavy security was often chosen as a way to keep the safety of an event. However, heavy security may also havea side effect: a negative psychological impact to attendees. Consequentially, it may influence the quality of the experience.According to Boyle and Haggerty (2009), there are two distinct event types related to security and safety: spontaneous and controlled entrance events. The spontaneous events are those that can be accessed from any point of entrance and controlled events are those that can be accessed from only a few points of entrance. Moreover, there are many other methods to guard the safety other than simply place heavy security on an event. For example, the culture could be a very important element to be taken into consideration for event security approach, because the culture is a primary factor that influences the nature of security. (Whelan, 2014) This does not suggest that every approach or procedure is different based upon culture. What is being suggested is an individualized approach. Most of the principals are the same, but the culture is a filter for implementation.It must also be recognized that this is a dynamic process that is evolving. As technology has increased, so have security procedures.

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