Venue Security & Protect Duty


The NEC Group has extensive knowledge and experience in ensuring the safe delivery of events across our venues. From hosting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to the G8 Summit, multiple party conferences, international touring artists and hundreds more every year, we use a series of security measures.


Across nearly five decades we have worked closely with the police, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and their local Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSA) to deter and detect potential threats from entering our venues and the surrounding external public circulation spaces. Our close partnership with West Midlands Police has also led to a permanent base for local officers at the NEC.


We maintain a multi-layered approach, both overt and covert. These include vehicular and pedestrian access control supported by a proactive use of technology and CCTV monitoring systems. So, whilst you may not see all operational security activity, you should be assured that it is ongoing, often behind the scenes, to prevent crime and keep you safe whilst on site.


From 26 February to 2 July 2021, the Home Office ran a Protect Duty consultation, which considered how the government can work together with publicly accessible locations to develop proportionate security measures that improve public security.


Venues are now preparing for the implementation of Protect Duty legislation, otherwise known as Martyn’s Law. The Group fully supports this implementation, making the responsibility for counter-terrorism in public spaces a legislative requirement – an aid to our ongoing efforts.


The security measures and procedures we already have in place across our venues include:

  • State of the art CCTV monitoring and communications centres
  • Search and screening technology at venue entrances
  • Regular attendance from uniformed and plain-clothed police officers
  • A Response and Conflict Management team
  • A Behavioural Detection team
  • Dedicated security dog team
  • Vehicle checkpoints
  • Hostile vehicle mitigation protection
  • Use of security management systems
  • Appropriately qualified and mandatory trained security staff
  • Health and safety risk assessments for every event
  • Frequent stress testing and mandatory training on data protection and cyber security
  • Members of arena, exhibition and conference association security working groups

Trust Your Instincts!

Everyone has an important role to play in helping us by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right, for example, any unattended items or someone acting suspiciously. If something doesn’t feel right. Report it. It’s better to be safe. See it, say it, sorted:

  • Tell our security team
  • Report in confidence any suspicious activity at uk/ACT or on 0800 789 321
  • Call 999 in an emergency