Nightclub Security: 3 Ways A Professional Can Help Your Business Avoid Liability

To unwind after a long day, more and more Canadians are drinking alcohol. In fact, a 2013 study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found that Canadians drink more than 50 per cent above the global average. Restaurants, lounges and bars are becoming popular hot spots for Canadians to unwind after a stressful week or even a long day at work. With the insane alcohol prices being charged at nightclubs, opening up one of your own may prove to be profitable. If you're looking to get a slice of that pie, you'll need help. In particular, you want to make sure you hire experienced nightclub security, as they can help your business avoid liability in many situations. Here are 3 examples.

Checking IDs to Prevent Serving Alcohol to Minors

The legal drinking age across Canada is 18 years of age in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario and 19 years of age for all other provinces. As a nightclub owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that no minors are served alcohol. For example, if a bartender mistakenly serves alcohol to a minor in British Columbia, your business can be fined anywhere from $7,500 to $10,000 even if you were tricked with a fake ID.

Not everyone knows a fake ID from a real one, and security guards without proper training may not know better. To reduce any liability that your business may have, you should hire an experienced security guard that has been trained to detect and pick out fake IDs at the door. This can be tricky because many fake IDs look quite authentic, and many minors tend to use IDs that are supposedly from another province or country. Without proper training, it's easy to be none the wiser.

Foreseeing the Possibility for Crime or Violence

When alcohol is involved, behaviours become erratic, and it can be difficult for an untrained eye to foresee the potential for crime or violence. Experienced nightclub security guards help your business reduce liability by diffusing situations and preventing crime or violence from happening in the first place. Experienced security guards are trained to look for signs of suspicious activities, such as the exchange of any drugs that may be happening within your premise.

They are also trained to act quickly in order to diffuse or stop violence by using necessary force and by kicking the perpetrators out of your premise. In short, they'll keep an eye out for whether anyone is getting heated, so you won't be liable for any criminal activities or injuries that may happen on your property.

Offering a Sense of Security for Your Other Employees and Patrons

Last but not least, you are also responsible for providing a safe environment for your employees and for other patrons. Experienced nightclub security guards are not only on the lookout for trouble, but they are also trained to spot anyone who may look uncomfortable with a situation that he or she may be in. Security guards offer a sense of security to your other employees and patrons. Having a security guard onsite at all times will reduce the amount of liability you have in providing a safe environment for your employees. It shows that you have at least made an effort to hire professionals to protect those who are employed by you.

If you're thinking about starting up a nightclub in Canada, you'll have to make sure that you hire a team of trained security guards to reduce any liability your business may otherwise face. Look for security guards with a wealth of experience in working for nightclubs or security guards who have been specifically trained to handle environments with alcohol. The environment at a nightclub is significantly different than the environment at a retail store, so you need to make sure you handpick professionals that are well-suited for the job.