Nightclub owners and managers have a duty to protect patrons from any foreseeable harm while on the premises. Unfortunately, many nightclubs restrict security efforts to the inside of the establishment and ignore the parking lot and perimeter, where many assaults take place. These crimes may be deterred through proper outdoor security, lighting, escorts, and surveillance cameras.
Nightclub & Bar further explores the critical need to properly secure the outdoor perimeter in December’s Dangerous Surroundings: Navigating Nightclub Security:
I have seen so many operators in the nightclub business worry about security inside the club, but assume that what happens outside is “not their problem.” It is important for us to all realize that, fair or unfair, we are responsible for not just the inside security, but the outside security for a significant radius around our establishments. In the eyes of the liquor licensing bodies, any incidents that happen anywhere close to your establishment is a reflection on you, and these incidents can be used to sanction your license. Even worse is public perception: one high-profile shooting can cripple your club and brand it to the public as “dangerous.”
How do you combat that? You must be willing to spend the money on quality professional outside security. More importantly, you must constantly remind them they cannot just sit in their car, they must make constant patrols of parking lots and the area around the club. If they see groups of people loitering in your parking lot, those people must be ordered to leave. If a patron has been involved in a fight, they must leave, and their license plate should be recorded as well. Groups of girls leaving the club? Ask if they would like an escort. Outside security should be making constant rounds, staying on top of problems before they happen.
Patron Rights and Nightclub Responsibility
Nightclub patrons have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment that they are visiting. By law, nightclub owners and managers have a duty to protect patrons from any foreseeable harm.
Bar and nightclub owners are encouraged to implement parking lot and perimeter security precautions and preventative measures, such as those outlined above, to protect patrons and reduce property violence, injuries and deaths.
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