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

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 near Waukegan, 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…

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