Black Friday – At what cost?

Before the next Black Friday, consider these retail security and safety measures


As a result of the recent “Black Friday” sales event at the Long Island, N.Y., Wal-Mart, it is reported that New York City Councilman James F. Gennaro is working on a “door-buster bill” that would require large retailers to make proper security arrangements when special sales event like “Black Friday” are likely to attract large crowds.

If retailers fail to respond appropriately to protect customers during these special sales events, no doubt local governments are going to take the necessary steps to mandate security and crowd control.

About the author: Curtis Baillie is a retail security management consultant who is the principal consultant at Security Consulting Strategies, LLC, based out of West Chester, Penn. He is a Board Certified Security Consultant and a member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC). He also authors a blog on security and LP issues.