On hearing of last weekend’s horrific car crash, I was as shocked as the rest of our community.
I did some checking and learned the kids were coming home from a private party, close to the crash scene.
Also confirmed was the information I dreaded: these kids were fleeing gate crashers who’d arrived at the house and were trying to get into the car.
Some of the victims had actually organised a lift beforehand, but it ‘fell through’.
For parents of teenagers, this is our worst nightmare.
Had professional crowd controllers been at the house, they may have been able to calm the situation.
First, the gatecrashers wouldn’t have got near the party. My expert security staff know how to spot and handle intruders in and around an event.
This means observing the area, detecting gatecrashers and removing them quickly.
Speed is vital, to avoid both confrontation and escalation. Thanks to mobile (cell) phones, 10 gatecrashers can swell to 40 in just 20 minutes.
Second, alternative transport could have been organised. Not only could these kids have waited safely with my team, we could’ve got them home safely too.
What an absolute tragedy!
We must develop legislation for safe parties to curb street violence and prevent more needless deaths.
I’m working hard to make this happen right now.
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Naomi Oakley, Managing Director, U-NOME Security Communication Specialists.