Nightclubs and bars are popular with people living in Atlanta, especially the younger crowd. This is because they offer a relaxing atmosphere where people can meet up with friends or even make new ones. However, while these places are the place to be for people who love to dance or unwind from a long day, they are not without risk.
Nightclubs need to understand that closing time puts them and their guests in a vulnerable position, especially if they serve a specific type of group. As such, they should consider establishing certain protocols in the event of a disturbance. These protocols can include regular training on how to handle threats for staff and if something does happen, making sure that the music is turned off.
In the wake of the event at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub when dozens of people were injured and 49 people were killed by an active shooter, it has become even more important for nightclubs and bars to strengthen their security. They should consider installing metal detection devices and doing pat-downs on guests. This will make these kinds of places, often referred to as “soft targets,” safer for patrons and staff alike. It is also important for businesses to look at the history of violence in their establishments as well as the crime rate in their location.
When people visit a public gathering place, they have the right to be safe from harm. If people have been injured through negligence or violence in a public place, they may find it helpful to meet with an attorney who is experienced in these kinds of matters.
Source: CNBC, “Bars, clubs need to address these vulnerabilities: Security experts,” Sarah Whitten, June 13, 2016