Bouncers and secrecy are pro party tips

By BREE PRICE

bprice@northernstar.com.au

IT'S no longer safe to throw a party and hope for the best, according to security company owner Justin Hunt.

"We've come past the point of throwing a party and hoping everything will be all right," the owner of Lismore-based Solid Security said.

"Now it's about prior planning," he said.

Mr Hunt's comments come after parties held on the Northern Rivers in the last two weeks have been gatecrashed by unruly teenagers.

In Lennox Head a local girl's 15th birthday party was ruined by a mob of teenagers who later ran amok through the town.

Not even a week later a Lismore's boy 16th birthday party was also gatecrashed.

Mr Hunt employs 10 security guards and operates throughout the Northern Rivers, north to Tweed Heads and south to Coffs Harbour.

He said the venue was an important factor in a party's success.

"If you're planning on having a party of more than 40 or 50 people, it's a good idea to look at a hiring a venue," he said.

"If you have it in the right place, it can make it easier."

He also said not to advise guests of the party too far in advance.

"The earlier you put the word out, the more people will turn up," he said.

"Word of mouth can travel so fast now."

Mr Hunt added for parties with 50 or more people, security guards were a good idea.

"It's worth having security guards. You're better off safe than sorry," he said. "If you're expecting 50 to 100 people, that's a number where things can get out of hand."

Mr Hunt also advised party-throwers to contact the police to let them know about the party and to get a safe party pack.

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