5 Things You Must Know to Ensure Nightclub & Bar Safety

Keeping Your Club Safe:

Running a bar takes more than having good selection of liquor, as the owner you have a responsibility to keep patrons safe. Nobody wants to frequent an establishment where fights break out often. Such behavior puts both guests and employees at risk. Robert Smith, CEO of Nightclub Security Consultants and former police officer, hosted a seminar, Keeping Your Club Safe during a nightclub convention in New Orleans this past August. The contents of Robert’s presentation are extremely valuable and a must know for all of those working in the nightclub and bar industry.

What You Need to Know:

  1. Statistics: According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, gun violence has increased 23% over the last 4 years. Once a shooter is challenged, they will typically stop shooting. According to the FBI, 50% of shooters are stopped by an unarmed citizen. Knowing these statistics is crucial in order for nightclub operators to make these numbers go down.
  2. Why has there been an increase in violence? There is a large, young demographic that frequents nightclubs and bars. This demographic is different from its preceding generations as they are desensitized to violence. One of the reasons for this desensitization is due to video games, where shooting a gun is normal. Another reason is due to their lack of interpersonal skills because of the increase in using text and online messaging. Their skills in communicating and dealing with conflict are lacking compared to older generations.
  3.  Stopping a Bar Fight Before it Starts: Shooters can be categorized into 4 groups. There is the angry patron inside of the club, the angry patron that staff ejected from the club, patrons tied into domestic violence and the planned shooter. Planned shooters are what the public and nightclub owners tend to worry about the most. However, the majority of violence in clubs is a result from the angry customer inside the club and the ejected one.
  4. People Oriented Solution: Robert’s motto is Run, Hide, Fight. It is important to keep your patrons and staff safe and avoid violence whenever possible. However, at some point, it may be necessary for a person to stop the shooter from causing more harm by fighting back. The best way to stop the shooter, however, is preventing them from shooting in the first place.  Below are some of Robert’s recommendations:
    • Train staff to be aware of the people and activity in your establishment
    • Re-evaluate your security procedures
    • Change your mindset-think in terms of the aggressor and what they might do
    • Kick someone out for an argument, don’t let them back in. Have the cops escort them off of the premises
    • Befriend law enforcement prior to ever needing them
    • Have staff wear day glow vests when clearing out a club so potential aggressors will think they are law enforcement
    • Use improvised weapons when necessary
  5. ID Scanning Solution: ID scanning plays an important role when it comes to increasing nightclub and bar safety. ID scanning goes beyond age verification. In less than 1 second, the patron’s information, including name and address is collected, and a time stamp is created. With a solution like VeriScan or VeriScan Online, an additional layer of validation is provided. It is also possible to tie the ID into government databases for nightclub industry operators that want a higher level of identity vetting. ID scanning solutions also give staff the ability to group patrons. If a patron is banned, the next time their ID is scanned, it will pop up on the scanning screen, that they are “banned.” Existing banned lists can be imported and shared among clubs. ID scanning also allows nightclub and bar staff to easily search and export visitor logs to aid in law enforcement investigations.

IDScan.net can help minimize violence in your establishment and help you comply with law enforcement when necessary. Learn more about IDScan.net’s nightclub and bar solutions, here or call one of our specialists, at 888-430-8936!

4 Reasons a Strong Visitor Management System is Critical for Correctional Facilities

Progressive prisons across the globe are using ID scanning to streamline their visitor management. In the United States, there are over 2,220,300 incarcerated adults, so having the ability to easily track who is coming in and out of the facility to visit these prisoners is absolutely essential to securing the grounds, reducing risks and increasing operational efficiencies.

Here are four reasons a robust visitor management system centered on quality ID scanning is critical for prisons:

  1. For many prisons, the visit process occurs before the visitor even sets foot on prison grounds. With ID scanning applications like VeriScan Online, facility personnel can create and send a visit request to the security director with an electronic request form. This form includes such information as the start of the visit, host’s name, visitor’s name and other pertinent informaiton. Once the request is submitted, the security director will ultimately decide whether or not that individual is approved for the visitor queue. The scheduled visits can then be viewed by the appropriate security personnel. On the day of the visit, prison security personnel scan the visitor’s ID. In less than 1 second, the necessary information is collected and a visitor badge highlighting the person’s name and picture, alongside how long the visitor is allowed on the premises can be produced.
  2. Some facilities use biometrics as part of their visitor management processes. Once a person scans their ID and gives their fingerprint, the next time their fingerprint is scanned, their ID data and other relevant information, such as their image will pop up on the screen. This is a great feature for prisons that are trying to ensure a high level of security as well as expedite the check-in process even further.
  3. A higher level of identity validation can be necessary. If an andividual or their ID were to seem suspicious or security personnel wanted to gain more information on the visitor, they could run background checks on the individual by scanning their ID for further background information. The results from these checks appear in a matter of a few seconds. In addition, some facilities have existing lists of “banned” visitors. These lists can be imported into certain ID scanning software (such as IDScan.net’s VeriScan Online) so if their ID is scanned, it will pop up that they are banned. This added layer of security helps keeps prison staff and prisoners safe.
  4. Visitor management systems offer benefits beyond security. Many prison facilities like to have first-time visitors sign an electronic waiver or an agreement to adhere to the facility’s rules. Once the waiver is signed, it will automatically be saved, stored and linked to that individuals ID scan. If a visitor was to break prison rules or claimed that they were unaware of said rules, IDScan.net’s software allows prison personnel to easily access visitor records. In this case, it would show a signed copy of the rules that the visitor signed. This waiver component will help visitors comply with prison regulations.

IDScan.net can help you reduce prison visitor’s wait time and optimize the check-in process. Learn more about IDScan.net’s visitor management solutions, here or call our VeriScan Online account specialist, Alycia at 888-430-8936 x 103!

 

 

Mississippi Updates IDs

Mississippi Updates IDs & Enhances Issuing Process.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced that it is now issuing newly designed driver’s licenses and state ID cards.  This is the largest change in the department’s history. The transition started 5 years ago and is supposed to come to full completion at the end of this year.

The Mississippi DPS decided to do this as a security measure.  Like many other states that have recently implemented this sort of change, the goal is to protect its citizens against identity theft and prevent counterfeiting.

Image of new Mississippi IDs, image from Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

New Mississippi Driver License

DPS’s changes go beyond the design of the ID. The department has developed kiosks to expedite ID issuing services to Mississippi residents. According to Public Safety Commissioner Alberta Santa Cruz, “We are pleased to announce the roll-out of our new upgraded kiosks and online services geared at making transactions with the Department of Public Safety more efficient.”

 


 


Mississippi DPS

 


Please note that this ID update was made available to all of IDScan.net’s software users before the IDs were released and will be avaialble for download here.

To learn more about the new Mississippi IDs, click here.

Alaska Real ID Extension

90 Day Alaska Real ID Extension Granted

Earlier this week, Alaskan military base, Fort Wainwright, issued a press release with a list of states and territories whose residents will not be able to enter the base with their state ID cards as of October 10th of this year.

The reason for this was because these states have ID cards that are not compliant with the Real ID Act. As of this morning, these non compliant states have been granted a 90 day extension so that the IDs will be accepted at federal facilities until January 9th, of 2017.

Below are the states that received an extension:

Alaska Arkansas California Idaho Illinois
Kentucky Louisiana Maine Massachusetts Michigan
Montana New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania
Rhode Island South Carolina Texas Virginia

Image from Military.com

Alaska Real ID Extension

In case you missed our previous blog posts, the Real ID Act was created in 2005 as a response to 9/11. The idea was to tighten up security on state ID cards in an effort to prevent terrorists from obtaining them. One of the requirements is that a person show proof of citizenship or residency in order to obtain a license.

To learn more about the Real ID Act, click here. To learn more about the Real ID Act in Alaska, click here.

Nightclub and Bar Owners: What Can You Do with Demographics?

If you are a nightclub or bar owner, scanning an ID should go way beyond verifying a patron’s age. If you are not using the valuable demographic data that is collected upon ID scan, then you are hurting your bottom line.

In this post, you will learn how you can take advantage of the valuable demographic statistics.

Demographic Data That Will Help You:

  • Zip codes
  • Age
  • Gender

 

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Zip codes are important. If you run a report using a tool like VeriScan Online, and you see that a certain zip code in your city or town has minimal presence at your bar, you know you might want to increase your advertising in that area.

You will also want to segment your customers by age and gender. Don’t get me wrong, of course, there will be exceptions to some of the stereotypical  beverage and or music preferences, however having an overall idea of age and gender will help your operations and your bottom line.

If on Tuesdays you primarily have 40-45 year old males at your bar, you would probably consider a scotch or whiskey special. Whereas, if on Fridays you have a large number of 22-25 year old females, you might consider doing a skinny margarita special. This is not to say that millenials don’t like whiskey and 45 year old men don’t like skinny margaritas, but you understand the overall goal here.


By observing statistics about your audience, you can make small adjustments in your operations that will bring great returns.

If you don’t have a way to collect this demographic information,  Click here.

If you want to learn more about demographics and strategy at your nightclub or bar, checkout this article  from Nightclub&Bar.

Rhode Island ID Update

The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles started issuing newly designed driver’s licenses and state ID cards on July 19th.  This change is the first one since 2003.

The Rhode Island DMV decided to do this as a security measure.  Like many other states that have recently implemented this sort of change, the goal is to protect its citizens against identity theft and prevent counterfeiting. The new security features on the ID will make it more difficult for the IDs to be replicated. The IDs will also bring the state towards Real ID Act compliance. Old ID cards are still valid until their expiration and the fee for the new cards will not change.

 

Some of the new features include:

  • Optically variable pattern
  • Background features Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge
  • Large image of ID holder as well as a smaller, faded image
  • Date of birth printed in 3 locations
  • Ink that glows when exposed to a UV light
  • Tamper resistant

 

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Image from DMV RI


NBC 10 News reports on a state press release which states, “The Division of Motor Vehicles will transition driver’s licenses to the more secure cards this month, along with the installation of cameras at work stations at DMV and AAA offices around the state,” the release noted. “The cameras are part of a streamlined process that will be introduced with the new cards. Instead of having to go to two work stations to complete their transactions, all work can be done at one station.”

Please note that this ID update was made available to all of IDScan.net’s software users before the IDs were released and will be avaialble for download here.

To learn more about the new Rhode Island IDs, click here.

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Real ID Act Impacts Air Force Base Access

Air Force Bases Restrict Access to those with Minnesota, Missouri, Washington & American Samoa IDs

Beginning August 15th,  no Defense Department installation will accept IDs from Minnesota, Missouri, Washington or American Samoa. Some of these installations include U.S. Air Force bases, Holloman and Patrick.

Other sectors of the U.S. Defense Department, including the Navy, Marine Corps and Army stopped accepting identification that was not compliant with the Real ID Act in the early part of this year. The U.S. Air Force bases decided to wait to enforce the Real ID requirements until they received further direction according to Military.com.

The U.S. Air Force bases changed the identification requirements so they would  be in compliance with enforcing the Real ID Act.  Maj. Megan Hall , 45th Security Forces Squadron commander states, “Implementation of the Real ID Act will bring us into compliance with the congressionally-mandated identification standards.”

The Holloman Air Force Base located in Otero County, New Mexico and the Patrick Air Force base, located in Brevard County, Florida have each stated that alternative forms of proper identification will be accepted and that the rules will not affect current military members, dependents or retirees.

Some of the forms of identification that will be accepted at U.S. Air Force bases include:

  • U.S. or foreign government passport
  • Employment authorization documents which include a photo
  • ID cards issued by federal, state or local government agencies that include a “photo and biographical information.”
  • Enhanced driver’s licenses from Minnesota or Washington

 

U.S. Air Force Base Entrance

U.S. Air Force Base Entrance. Image from Military.com


To learn more about the Real ID Act and its impact on U.S. Airforce bases, click here. For a refresher on the Real ID Act, click here.

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IDScan.net to Assist in Flooding Response Efforts in Louisiana

IDScan.net, a Louisiana based software company, announced today that they are offering free services to assist those in the search and rescue in Southern Louisiana and Mississippi. This includes volunteers, disaster response groups as well as law enforcement.

Louisiana flooding

Louisiana flooding victims being rescued. Image from Nola.com

Their ID scanning applications give recovery response groups the ability to easily collect, track and maintain information of those displaced by the flooding who have been rescued. These applications collect the information from a government issued ID using the camera on a mobile device. They can search the application’s database by name, ID number, date and time to confirm rescue to loved ones and family members as well as share information with law enforcement. The applications can also be used to collect volunteer information.

 

For those involved in the rescue recovery, if you have a mobile device, you will first register for the application, VeriScan Online, here. In the comments section of the registration, please put that you are part of the disaster relief in Louisiana or Mississippi.

 

Once registered, you will receive an email with two logins and passwords, one is for theVeriScan Online portal, which stores the ID information and allows you to run reports, search for names, etc. The other is for the actual VeriScan Online app which you will download from the Apple App or Google Play Store. Once you have registered and downloaded the app, enter the login information provided in the email.

 

If response teams are using an iPad, IDScan.net recommends downloading VS Max as it gives users the ability to have customizable dropdowns and fields to easily ask and record answers to questions from those that have been rescued. Users will follow the same registration instructions mentioned above with VS Max, except they will download VS Max instead of VeriScan Online. Response teams can then change the login information by logging onto the VeriScan Online portal here and clicking on the “Settings” tab, then on “Devices” and the “Edit” button.

 

IDScan.net works with companies like Response Force 1 and Virginia Task Force 1 who participate in national and international disaster response missions. If you have any questions, please contact IDScan.net at 504-434-0222 or send an email to[email protected].
Thank you and be safe.

 

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Utah ID Update

The Driver License Division in Utah’s Department of Public Safety started issuing new driver’s licenses and state ID cards in June of this year.  The replacement process will take around 5 years.

Utah DPS decided to do this as a security measure.  Like many other states that have done this recently, the goal is to protect its citizens against identity theft and prevent counterfeiting. The new security features on the ID will make it more difficult for the IDs to be replicated. The IDs are also compliant with the Real ID Act. An extra security precaution includes mailing the new IDs from a secure MVA facility, so counterfeiters will have a reduced chance to access the equipment that produces the IDs as well as personal information.

Some of the new features include:

  • Laser perforation
  • Laser engraving
  • Beehive graphic to be embedded into the new cards

 

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Image from Utah.gov


 

The Utah DPS contracted MorphoTrust USA to make the enhancements with a 5 year agreement. Morphotrust USA President and CEO, Bob Eckel stated, “MorphoTrust is delighted to continue to grow our nearly 50-year partnership with the Utah Driver License Division.” “Our mission is to secure, protect and simplify the lives of the American people and we are priveleged to be able to work with the great state of Utah to provide them with the enhanced personalized security features and new ‘look and feel’ for their driver’s license they required.

Please note that this ID update was made available to all of IDScan.net’s software users before the IDs were released and will be avaialble for download here.

To learn more about the new Utah IDs, click here.

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Massachusetts Real ID Act Updates

Bill H4450 Brings Massachusetts into Compliance with Federal Real ID Law

Massachusetts Real ID Act


Important Dates in the Massachusetts Real ID Act Implementation Process

June 30th, 2016Massachusetts House and Senate Pass Bill H4450 which includes the passage to bring Massachusetts to Real ID Act compliance.
July 11th, 2016Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs bill with several vetoes and amendments.
July 23rd, 2016House and Senate roll call majority of Governor Baker's vetoes.

What does this mean for Massachusetts residents in regards to Real ID Act?

Fall 2017Massachusetts RMV will start issuing Real ID cards.
October 2020Real ID cards are required to board a domestic flight or enter a federal building.
5 yearsThe new security enhancements in the card will be released over this period of time.
Massachusetts Real ID Act

Image of sample Real ID, image from Beacon Hill Patch

To learn more about the Real ID Act in Massachusetts, click here. To learn more about the Real ID Act in general, click here. To learn about how IDScan.net can help you stay on top of changes in ID formatting, subscribe to our blog or call us at 888-430-8936!