Six Flags Great America Attack Points Out the Importance of Proper Security in Large, Crowded Venues, says United Protective Services LLC

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The security firm comments on a recent article that the best use of security personnel is to prevent conflicts from escalating into major incidents.

Thrill rides draw people of all ages to Six Flags Great America.

In a crowd that might have many thousands of people in it, the odds are likely that there are a tiny but dangerous percentage of potential bad-actors.

A September 27 article in the Chicago Tribune discusses an attack by several teenagers on a family of three, which resulted in injuries for both parents and a 12 year-old boy at the Six Flags Great America theme park in Gurnee, Illinois. An 18 year-old was arrested on charges of aggravated battery charges and “mob action,” while the other alleged underage perpetrators are reportedly being handled by juvenile authorities. The altercation apparently began with an argument over the teenagers’ foul language. While the injuries in this particular incident were, fortunately, not life threatening, security specialists United Protective Services LLC comments that they point to the very real challenges faced by large properties that are open to the public.

The security firm says that large amusement parks and entertainment venues in particular have special challenges because of the large numbers of people they are working very hard to attract. In a crowd that might have many thousands of people in it, the odds are likely that there are a tiny but dangerous percentage of potential bad-actors. With more theme parks and similar venues now serving alcohol, the potential for poor behavior morphing into violence grows even further. United Protective Services LLC says that having visible security guards placed at key points not only places experienced professionals at multiple locations in case of trouble, their visible presence may also tend to discourage individuals from engaging in the kind of conduct which is either destructive on its own or which could easily trigger violence.

The firm also notes that in many cases it is much easier and more effective for companies to turn to expert professionals for security services, rather than trying to form an in-house security department. United Protective Services LLC adds that the security field is growing ever more sophisticated and complex, with new technological innovations and best practices being developed more rapidly than in many other fields. On a more granular level, highly experienced security personnel know how to avoid unnecessary confrontations; when difficulties do occur, they also understand how to take control and deescalate the situation before the situation deteriorates to the point where it becomes necessary to involve local authorities.

United Protective Services concludes by noting that the firm offers a full range of security services covering all kinds of properties, from large entertainment venues to residential complexes, factories, and construction sites. Interested readers can learn more by calling 303-747-6434. They can also see the firm’s web site at http://

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