Crowd control is one of those subjects that people don't think about until they are in the middle of a disorganized event. But it is a topic that special event and traffic control personnel take to heart. Without crowd control strategies there is likelihood that even the simplest public events can be confusing at the best and dangerous at the most. All you have to do is turn on the television and watch news reports about lack of crowd control to get an understanding of how important the concept is when it comes to public events.
Of course if you have watched large events where crowds turned angry, you get an even better idea of how dangerous lack of containment can be in some situations. For example, most people have seen the chaos that occurs at international soccer events when the crowd gets upset with the field activity. If not for the fences and barricades many more people would have been injured during the ensuing melees than were hurt in reality. Crowd control, in the eyes of the police, is a science that makes their job easier, protects the public and discourages unruly behavior.
A barrier is something that directs pedestrian or vehicle traffic. The barriers are designed to keep people or cars flowing in a particular direction. The best crowd control barriers are flexible though and can be installed in a variety of situations. Barriers are used to close off areas, direct foot traffic, secure road work areas, create pedestrian railing, set-off a particular area and designate construction sites.
Different styles of crowd control barriers can be used for private or public purposes. Crowd control requires careful planning and the ability to adapt open areas to a configuration that will keep people or traffic under control. For example, at special events where there will be long lines the temporary barriers can create areas where the lines can form. After the crowd dwindles the barriers can be easily removed and re-assembled where needed.
Not all crowds involve pedestrians. Traffic can also be crowded. This is especially true when there is road or construction work going on which requires careful maneuvering or rerouting of cars and trucks. The barriers can let people know about the dangerous conditions and prevent accidents from happening. If you really begin to take notice of the use of crowd control devices around you it becomes apparent they are used in a large variety of settings and situations.
Good crowd control requires the ability to predict movement and then create barriers which force people or traffic to move in a particular pattern. Crowd control barriers are designed to be flexible so they can be temporarily installed wherever needed. Places that require crowd control are: public street events such as road races, political events, arena traffic, construction sites, security settings, sports events and private events such as graduations and weddings.
This is not a comprehensive list by any means and is only intended to show the large number of events and situations requiring crowd control. There are a number of different types of barriers and accessories which enable you to create the ideal setting for the expected crowd. Barriers are made out of steel or plastic and there are various sizes. The size you choose depends on the area to be secured. In addition to the barriers themselves, there are stanchions and ropes, gates, arches, no-climb panels and temporary fencing also available.
Crowd control is important for the safety and security of the public. When you need to customize your set-up the best place to begin is with crowd control barriers and fencing. You can get assistance from experts with years of experience who understand the concepts of design and placement of crowd control barriers.
Andy West is a writer for Blockader Barriers which offers a wide selection of crowd control barriers and railings.