JULY 2016 - NIGHTCLUB SECURITY ARE YOU DOING ENOUGH?
ORLANDO NIGHTCLUB MASSACRE, JUNE 12TH, 2016
In The Deadliest Mass Shooting in American History, 50 people were killed and at least 53 people were wounded when a gunman armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and possibly an explosive device opened fire inside a downtown Orlando, Fla., nightclub about 2 a.m., Police Chief John Mina said.
The police classified the attack as a “terror incident., Local and federal authorities were investigating, and the F.B.I. set up a hotline number for tips.
The police and the federal authorities said they were pursuing several angles in the terrorism investigation, both overseas and in the United States.
The gunman was from Port St Lucie , was organized and well-prepared, the police said.
TWO NIGHTS BEFORE IN ORLANDO......
ORLANDO — The Voice singer Christina Grimmie , was fatally shot by a 27-year-old man — armed with two guns and a knife — who traveled to Orlando from another city in Florida specifically to kill her, police said Saturday.
Orlando police identified the suspected gunman as Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Grimmie, who had wrapped up her show with Before You Exit at the Plaza Live Theater, was shot late Friday while signing autographs and meeting fans. Loibl shot and killed himself after he was tackled by Grimmie's brother, Marcus. The 22-year-old singer died about five hours later at an Orlando hospital.
MY SINCERE BLESSINGS, SORROW, LOVE, PRAYERS, HEARTACHE, GRIEF, FOR ALL THE VICTIMS OF THESE VICIOUS ATTACKS.
CONCERTS, PRE PARTIES, AFTER PARTIES, MEET & GREET PARTIES, FAN PARTIES, LOBBY PARTIES, BACKSTAGE ACCESS, ALL THESE EVENTS MUST NOW BE TOTALLY SECURE.
FORGET THE PAST, THE DANGERS, RISKS ARE DEADLY.
THE "PRECAUTIONS" MUST BE A TO Z.
IF A PROMOTER, MANAGER, OWNER DOES NOT WANT TO SPEND WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECT HUMAN LIFE, THEN THE EVENT SHOULD NOT BE HELD. NO EXCEPTIONS............
What does your SECURITY Consist Of?
If you think having a Big, Football Player Type Young Man in a Black TShirt at your door is a deterrent, you are 100% WRONG.
He serves no purpose at all anymore.
It's not the size of the Individual @ your Door, in fact Females are far better as a "First Impression", than Men.
Have your Male Front Door Staff Monitoring the Patrons, very close to the Entrance, for quick response.
I USE A "ONE BY ONE CLUB EYE CONTACT, FRONT DOOR POLICY".
These are Extraordinary times and they call for a "New Nightclub Mentality".
Of course the "FORMAT" of your Club puts it at far more Risk, than that of other Formats. You know the Risks, your Format presents.
I have revised the saying "If you see something say something", when it comes to Nightclubs, It's "If you see something, DO something".
Saying is no longer a life saving option in these two Tragedies.
Take NOTHING FOR GRANTED, ANYMORE.
If your Owner is not taking precautions to protect his Staff and his Patrons, you should not work there.
You should notify local law enforcement, and let them discuss his lack of regard for human life, in his Club with HIM.
No they can't force the Owner to take action, but they sure can show him what he is risking and how.
THE QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ANSWERED ARE:
A Young Rising Singer being shot dead, while signing autographs. WHERE WAS SECURITY? Ms. Christina Grimmie's Brother tackled the shooter, yet the shooter killed himself.
But where were "The Plaza's", Security???
OVER 100 Clubbers being shot, some wounded at least 50 killed by an individual with an assault rifle, how did he walk through the entrance of this club with this weapon?
How did this Port St. Lucie 29 yr old Man, walk through the front door of "PULSE" Nightclub, with an "AR-15 Assault Rifle?
THESE ARE THE NEW POLICIES, PROCEDURES THAT SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED, AT ONCE AT NIGHTCLUBS EVERYWHERE:
A. Nobody should be able to enter your club without going through metal detectors, without pocketbooks being searched, without being profiled, that's right profiled.
Not for their Race or Religion, but for their Attitude, their Demeanor, their Appearance.
What are you looking for?
Loners. People that looked depressed, people that look like they are somewhere else, just going through the motions of coming in, people that are nervous, people that are angry, study faces, body movements, eye attention. If they look odd, out of place, dangerous, nervous, you have every right to "REFUSE ENTRY TO ANYONE". No Explanation required.
And before they are asked to leave, local law enforcement should be called, for assistance in insuring they leave the property in their vehicle. The Police can run the license plate, even ask the person for their "ID", and run that as well. They should be seen leaving the parking lot entirely.
YOU ARE NOT VIOLATING ANYONE'S RIGHTS, YOU ARE PROTECTING YOUR PATRONS AND YOUR STAFF.
AGAIN, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO "REFUSE ENTRY TO ANYONE", you don't need to give specific reasons.
But the key is preventing a Tragedy from happening, by stopping them @ your front door.
B. Inside the Club, Cameras should be mounted everywhere and monitored all night long.
Unassuming Security Staff should be roving the Club all night, looking for any suspicious behavior.
Bar Staff, should be always aware of what is going on in front of them at the bar. Servers should be observant of what patrons seated are doing.
Your DJ is now an Upfront and Personal Set Of Eyes. He has to spin of course, entertain yes, energize for sure, but He must be aware of any danger around the club and dial 911 with as much information as he can give, then GET OUT, while helping others EXIT as well.
C. Always consider your parking lot as likely an area of danger as inside your club.
Without proper lighting, without cameras on 24/7, without a car patrol cruising up and down the rows of cars, with the driver armed with Mace and perhaps a Taser.
Yes, these are extreme measures, but times are such, they are totally justified.
D. The keywords are "PREPARE" and "PREVENTION". You are never going to be Prepared for every incident that may occur. But Preventing them by going beyond what you were before in Security Implementation, and Procedures, with a strict adherence to Consistency and never ever taking your eye off your Potential Guests.
E. Using a Hand Wand, Using Metal Detectors, Checking Pocketbooks, observing Guests entering with long Coats, heavy clothing which defies the weather.
Using "Club Eyeing", Using your Staff as being Vigilant, Checking your Parking Lot, your Street in front of your Club for Vans, asking Law Enforcement to run the plates.
Observing Patrons who come in and want to leave, and come back in again. MAJOR RED FLAG. BEWARE, BE OBSERVANT, BE PREPARED, BE READY FOR ANYTHING.
THAT IS WHY CAMERAS IN YOUR PARKING AREA IS VITAL TO SAFETY AND SECURITY.
WHAT KIND OF DOORS DO YOU HAVE ON YOUR FRONT ENTRANCE?
WHAT KIND OF SECURITY SYSTEM INTERNALLY TO WARN STAFF DO YOU HAVE IN PLACE?
WHAT KIND OF EXITS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE ABILITY OF PATRONS, STAFF TO LEAVE ASAP?
WHAT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP DO YOU HAVE WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT?
YOU BETTER DARN WELL IMPROVE IT NOW.
DO YOU HAVE PANIC BUTTONS PLACED IN KEY PLACES AROUND THE CLUB?
CLUB OWNERS DO NOT USE EXPENSE AS AN EXCUSE ANYMORE.
CLUB OWNERS, DO A SELF EVALUATION OF YOUR CURRENT "PROTECTION PROCEDURES", FROM ENTERING TO PARTYING, TO EXITING.
CLUB OWNERS REVIEW YOUR POLICIES, DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH SECURITY BOTH IN A DESIGNATED SHIRT AND PLAINS CLOTHES WITH EAR PIECES THAT ARE BARELY ABLE TO SEE?
CLUB OWNERS, DO YOU HAVE EVERY VIABLE DYNAMIC BEING USED TO PREVENT SMALL ARMS FROM ENTERING YOUR CLUB?
CLUB OWNERS, DO YOUR DOOR PERSONNEL, FEMALE AND MALE HAVE THE ABILITY TO PREVENT A PERSON WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE FROM COMING IN?
CLUB OWNERS, THINK, CONSIDER THE "LONE WOLF ATTACK", BECAUSE THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE CAUSING THESE HOMELAND ATTACKS.
CLUB OWNERS, MONITOR YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA, TO SEE IF ANYONE IS POSTING NEGATIVE COMMENTS, OR DANGEROUS REMARKS, THEY SHOULD BE SHOWN TO LAW ENFORCEMENT IMMEDIATELY.
CLUB OWNERS, IN NO WAY ARE YOU COMPROMISING YOUR FORMAT, OR YOUR NIGHTLIFE. WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS, WHAT YOU HAVE FAILED TO DO, THINKING IT COULD NEVER HAPPEN @ YOUR CLUB.
THAT'S WHAT ALMOST EVERY CLUB THINKS. BUT DUE TO THE HORRIFIC TRAGEDY @ "PULSE", IT CAN HAPPEN @ ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, TO ANYONE.
CLUB OWNERS, YES, THE ENTIRE CRITERIA FOR "SECURITY", "SAFETY",NOW CREATES A TOTALLY NEW WAY OF OPERATING.
YES, YOU HAVE THE OBLIGATION, THE RESPONSIBILITY, THE REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE, THAT PLACES THE JUSTIFICATION FOR "WHATEVER IT TAKES, WHATEVER IT COSTS"?
SHOULD YOU NEED ANY EXPERTISE IN SECURING YOUR CLUB, THERE IS NO COST TO HAVE RICH UNGER PROVIDE HIS 40 YEARS OF EXPERTISE TO YOU.
SIMPLY EMAIL, RichUnger@promotingnightclubs.com
PLEASE MAKE YOUR CLUB AS SAFE AS IT CAN BE!
REMEMBER, THIS IS NOT ABOUT LIVING IN FEAR, NIGHTCLUBS SHOULD CONTINUE TO OPEN, OPERATE AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE.
THIS IS ALL ABOUT NEVER EVER LETTING THIS HAPPEN AGAIN AT ANY NIGHTCLUB, ANYWHERE IN THE USA OR THE WORLD.
AGAIN, YOU ARE NOT VIOLATING ANYONE'S CIVIL LIBERTIES BY IMPLEMENTING ANY OF THE ABOVE "PREVENT AND PROTECTION" ACTIONS.