Safety & Security Equipment | Personal Security Equipment Guide
Crowd control, at its heart, is all about safety & security equipment. You want to keep things orderly and organized, because in the end that’s the most efficient way to do things, but also the safest. You don’t want people getting hurt, and you also want to protect against theft, or people going in areas they shouldn’t (usually to prevent them from getting hurt, or from stealing things). But beyond your usual crowd control staples like stanchions and barricades, there are a number of other personal security equipment available specifically to address safety and security.
REFLECTIVE, SAFETY AND WARNING POSTS
We all know that stanchions and cones are effective crowd control implements, but there are ways to make sure these particular items stand out even more than normal, to provide extra visibility and protection in necessary situations.
For example, bright yellow plastic stanchions with pre-printed “CAUTION” messages can convey a message better than a normal stanchion post. Reflective tape can also provide extra visibility, in plastic posts, grabber cones and delineator posts. Bright yellow coloration (/tensabarriersftsafety7-5belt.aspx) also helps stanchions stand out for additional conspicuousness.
SCANNERS AND DETECTORS
Designed to help you locate potentially harmful hidden weapons, as well as prevent theft in loss prevention scenarios, scanners and metal detectors are available in several styles and options. Handheld scanners can be waved over a body with ease, and are perfect for areas in which other larger walk-through scanners are not practical. Schools, bars, clubs and corporate security are all areas where handheld scanners are particularly useful. Law enforcement can also use them in the field.
Chair scanners are non-intrusive detectors that search body cavities, particularly useful in correctional facilities. These scanners can detect contraband objects in inmates or visitors, without being physically invasive.
Walk-through scanners are comprehensive detectors for areas that can support them and have the space and resources to utilize them, including schools, arenas, airports, correctional facilities, courthouses, landmarks, and other areas that need to move high traffic volumes of people but still require scanning for weapons and loss prevention.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
When working in high traffic or low visibility situations, it’s important to stand out. To do this, it’s a good idea to make yourself as visible as possible, either with brightly colored and/or reflective clothing and accessories. That way, in heavy crowd situations, you can be visible as a point person during events, and be easily seen and found by others involved in keeping the event secure and safe.
In low-light situations such as night time road construction, it’s also important to be as easily seen as possible. Safety jackets, vests, and hats can help increase your visibility, and wristbands can help make you identifiable as a person involved with event security and safety so that others can seek you out if needed.
SECURITY TURNSTILES AND GATES
Turnstiles are a tried and true way to control access to events, convention centers, office buildings, sports facilities, amusement parks, train or bus terminals, and more. They help make sure traffic flows smoother and ensure access is limited to those who are permitted.
Swing gates are also available. They can be opened manually but also feature locking mechanisms that allow them to open through use of card or ID devices. Swing gates are often necessary to make venues handicap-accessible and ADA compliant as they allow for convenient wheelchair access.
A flashing or steady light is a good way to make something more visible, whether that something is a barricade or a person. Personal safety lights like the PowerFlare are versatile and can be used in a variety of safety situations. They have several flash options, are extremely durable, and can be seen from great distances. Thus they’re an excellent choice for law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and rescue responders, and more.
Barricade and Beacon Aid Lights can aid in visibility on construction sites or other industrial settings, particularly in dark or low-light situations. They can withstand outdoor weather conditions and can serve to warn of hazards where barriers and barricades might otherwise be difficult to see.
LED traffic batons are a great way to direct traffic, be it cars or airplanes or people. They can be found on airport tarmacs and runways, parking lots and event venues, and many more high traffic areas where visibility is key to maintaining an orderly progression of traffic.
Plastic floor signs are a clear way to alert crowds of issues like a spill or temporary trip hazard. Bright yellow folding signs featuring numerous message options can be easily set up and moved as needed, and yellow TensaCone warning barriers can double as retractable belt stanchions, blocking off an area while maintaining a strong visual presence.