Safeguarding Public Venues

by Anita Setnor Byer, Founder - sci-Shot10/8/2014
large crowd at concert with smartphones

Large crowds gather at concerts with the expectations of enjoying a good show, but often times people let safety slip their minds at these venues. A growing number of songs are mentioning drinking-related content in their lyrics, and it is no secret that large amounts of alcohol are being consumed at these events. The combination of large crowds and alcohol often times does not mix as well as the rum and coke that is being ingested.  A couple of recent events highlight some of the major public safety concerns at concert:

Alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl: During the July 26 Keith Urban show in Massachusetts, more than 50 people were placed in protective custody and another 46 people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses. Among one of the many incidents at the concert, an 18-year-old male was charged with the rape of a 17-year-old girl that took place on the lawn section of the concert. Upon recounting the event, a witness stated that they saw the act take place, took pictures of the unusual event, and moved on because they thought the act was consensual.

Man found dead: A 22 year old man, Cory Barron, disappeared during the July 18 Jason Aldean concert at Cleveland’s Progressive Field and was found dead in a local landfill days after friends reported him missing. The man was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the incident and many unanswered questions remain about what really occurred, but police are exploring the theory that Barron may have accidentally fallen down a garbage chute.

Alcohol may be at the root of many of the public safety threats that are occurring at these concerts, but let’s face the facts; alcohol is here to stay. While the artists are not responsible for the security of the venues, Rascal Flatts said that they make sure to call over security if they see a fight break out or if somebody needs medical assistance. Rascal Flatts added, "I also think that if you're at one of these shows, and you see something that looks suspect, I know people don't like to get involved, but you know, sometimes it behooves us to walk up and say, 'Hey what's going on here? We need to take care of the situation.'"

sci-Shot, a revolutionary Public Safety Mobile App, realizes the public safety concerns that are associated with attending public venues as well as the dangers of approaching a threatening situation. sci-Shot encourages the Crowd to take pictures and video of ANY suspicious activity and upload it to the App, where it can be viewed by security personnel. This exchange can be completely anonymous, allowing Users to report activity without having to confront the parties involved. We must begin to change the way we think about strange activity and realize that there could be consequences related to curious incidents.

The Crowd is already using Smartphones to record the shows, so why not begin recording obvious and curious incidents that can help safeguard the venues?

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