What convention organisers can learn about security from the Blackpool Magic Convention

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Last week, the Winter Gardens in Blackpool played host to the country’s largest magic convention. Thousands of stage magicians, mentalists and close-up performers came together worldwide to share trade secrets and show off their skills. Then events took a catastrophic turn.

On the penultimate night of the convention, an intoxicated attendee climbed to the roof of the Winter Gardens’ main hall and began swinging across the roof beams. It is unclear what he intended to accomplish. Perhaps he planned on staging an airborne trick or illusion, or perhaps he was committing a foolish, alcohol-fuelled prank. Whatever his motives may have been, he lost his grip and fell twenty-five feet to the hard, marble floor below. Fortunately, he survived. However, he was severely injured, and the convention’s positive reputation was tarnished.

This disaster could have been avoided if the convention had had a better security system. Here at Zaun, we understand that large conventions can be dangerous. Whenever thousands of people are gathered in one place, there’s a good chance that someone will injure themselves or others. That’s why we believe that convention organisers need to invest in high-quality security equipment. If you’re organising a convention or similar event, there are two items of security apparatus that you absolutely must-have.

Firstly, you should invest in temporary security fencing. Whether your convention takes place indoors or in the open air, there are bound to be certain areas on-site that are too dangerous for attendees. For example, if access to the roof had been blocked using deftly-placed security fencing, the attendee at the Blackpool Magic Convention might not have had the opportunity to injure himself. Learn from this oversight and make sure to block potentially dangerous areas at your convention.

Secondly, you must have a decent network of CCTV cameras and a station where the footage can be monitored in real-time. If someone is about to do something foolish, they can be spotted on CCTV cameras and stopped before injuring themselves. Nobody saw what the attendee at the Blackpool Magic Convention was doing until it was too late to stop him: don’t let this happen at your convention.

If you’re responsible for organising or securing a large convention, check out our range of temporary fencing options and CCTV cameras today. You may need them to protect your more unpredictable attendees from themselves!

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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