Unauthorised guests at an event

They are self-confident and look almost relaxed. They meld into the crowd with that particular “I-belong-here” look on their faces. Their poker face and self-confidence are to hide that they are intruders.

Unauthorised guests at an event

Do you already know who we are talking about? If not, you need to catch up really quickly, as social engineering, i.e. sneaking into areas with restricted access, is becoming increasingly popular. And why would that be important to the organiser of an event? Truth be told, it is immensely important!

Notable benefits

In the United States, there was a man who managed to trick others into believing that he was a US Army sergeant stationed at an army base. He was provided with board and lodging, entertainment, etc. There was also the case of a man who was fired from a corporation, accused of stealing. However, he was able to reinstate himself and start stealing again, as he had kept his company uniform. Now, if the two mentioned cases are still not enough to make you convinced how easy it is to trick the society, then the case of Frédéric Pierre Bourdin, a fraudster who adopted over 500 different identities, should do the trick.

Tempting entertainment

Tricking to increase your living standard is not the only purpose, though. Social engineering is slowly becoming a very peculiar type of entertainment. It may seem tempting to sneak into elite, forbidden, or simply unique places. During our seven-year career in the event business, we have seen enough to know it is true.

During events

The most frequent type of intruders are relatively harmless “gatecrashers”, although they usually appear in large groups. Who are they exactly? This term has been circulating in our industry for quite some time and denominates people who take advantage of the fact that there things to get for free when visiting a particular venue. Pens, calendars, meals... Nothing escapes the eye of a true gatecrasher.

Unfortunately, a mass offensive aimed at catering may significantly deteriorate the quality of your event. Unexpected and unstoppable attacks of gatecrashers will dry your food reserve for those participants of your event that have really come to enjoy it.

These are the most frequently observed types of gatecrashers:

How to deal with intruders

What can be done to prevent the afore-mentioned situations from happening? First and foremost, event participants should be equipped with ID badges. If you intend to provide catering, make sure that access to meals is limited and verified. The best method is to use the On-site Service module featured in the CONREGO event registration software. This way, you will be able to verify access rights of participants to selected zones, at a relatively low cost, as well as prevent an unlimited distribution of goods, and effectively eliminate the risk of having intruders wander around your facility, as they please.

What is your experience in dealing with intruders at events?

Luke Krawczuk

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