Securitas has been awarded to ensure safety at Munich Oktoberfest
Friday, May 4, 2018
Munich. The Securitas GmbH Sicherheitsdienste, Munich, has been entrusted with the protection of the Oktoberfest 2018 by Bavaria's state capital Munich. This year, the world's largest Volksfest (fair for public entertainment) will last from 22nd September to 7th October.
The Munich company is part of the Securitas Deutschland Group, which is a subsidiary of the listed Securitas AB based in Stockholm. The contract refers to the safeguarding of the Wiesn festival area, including the "Oidn Wiesn", and it also comprises the days of assembly and dismantling. "We are very happy about the assignment and the confidence thus shown to us; our preparatory works are already underway, and we will rely on an experienced team to perform the task," said Werner Landstorfer, Managing Director at Securitas in Bavaria, after the contract had been awarded.
Securitas has been entrusted with the protection of Munich's Oktoberfest before: In 2014 and 2015, the festival area was protected; and from 2007 to 2014, Securitas ensured the safety of a festival tent. Under the name of Securitas, the company has been operating in Munich for approx. 20 years now; Bavarian predecessor companies that – over the years – became Securitas are more than 100 years old. During Wiesn times, the company benefits from its nationwide presence and expertise. Especially at peak times of the Oktoberfest – on weekends and on the Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity, 3rd of October) – experienced Securitas staff from all over Germany will be called to Munich to help protecting the festival area.
"Such a contract always is a challenge: limited in duration, with daily or even weather-related fluctuations as regards the stream of visitors and with high quality requirements. Thanks to our experience in protecting large-scale events – e.g. trade fairs, Bundesliga matches or general stock holder meetings of DAX-companies – as well as in providing services at airports, we are well-equipped to accomplish the Oktoberfest 2018 task," said Manfred Buhl, CEO Securitas Deutschland. At the end of the year 2017, Securitas Deutschland had about 21,500 employees and achieved annual sales of 835 million Euro. In terms of sales and number of employees, Securitas is the market leader in Germany.