Security screening policy for Fox Cites Performing Arts Center in Appleton

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If you have tickets for an upcoming performance at the Fox Cities PAC you might want to consider arriving a little earlier than normal. Local 5’s Kris Schuller reports the performing arts center has implemented a new security policy designed to keep you safe.

For 15 years people have packed the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center to enjoy a night at the theater. Now the PAC is implementing a new security screening policy to make sure once here – you always have peace of mind.

“We have a constant process that we’re always looking at all of our policies and procedures on a continuous improvement basis,” said Maria Van Laanen, president of the Fox Cities PAC. “We recognized there was an opportunity to add another layer of security through the bag screening upon entry for ticketed events.” 

Effective immediately anyone entering the PAC will be subject to a search along with their carry-in items. All bags and purses larger than 8.5 inches by 11 inches, won’t be allowed inside. Van Laanen says no one incident led to the change – other than the fact screenings like this have become a best practice in her industry.

“It’s important to always be paying attention to industry standards and make sure you’re taking action ahead of time in preparation for, as opposed to a reactionary stance,” said Van Laanen.

“They are being proactive doing what they need to do to secure their facility and their patrons – which is of the utmost importance to them,” said David Marrero, CEO of Tri-Bolt Security.

Marrero’s security firm will handle the work. He says items like knives, pepper spray and food are also prohibited, and cameras or umbrellas will need to be placed in coat check. And for now, no pat downs or metal detectors.

“There is always going to be some sort of inherent risk, especially nowadays, when you have large groups of people. It becomes a target –  so in order to prevent this we put these things in place slowly,” said Marrero.

The new security plan goes in effect this coming Saturday for a concert by a Bee Gees tribute band.

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