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Lockdown – It’s Not Just for Schools

Schools immediately come to mind when most people think of active shooters and incidents of mass violence. Surely, the gravity of the situation is heavy on our hearts when the victims are children and it is difficult to imagine a world where tragedies such as Sandy Hook can occur.

The reality is that incidents of mass violence are on the rise and studies have shown the threat posed to businesses is just as great and in some recent years there has been a higher prevalence of workplace shootings than in schools. One study by Dr. John Nicholette looked at the 35 incidents that occurred in 2012. Of those, 51% occurred in the workplace which shows that while school shootings receive far more media attention, the risk in a business is greater (statistically speaking).

So, what do you do to prepare for this albeit small but deadly risk? Follow these steps:

Have a qualified security consultant complete a thorough physical security audit of your facility. That includes interior/exterior assessment of all electrical, mechanical and procedural security measures.
Allow them to develop a customized emergency response plan, complete with lockdown procedures and train/educate all employees on what to do in the event of an active shooter or other violent intruder.
Purchase a panic button system to protect your front line staff such as receptionists, particularly if you are in a high risk industry prone to angry clients or other visitors (e.g. law firms, utilities, etc.)
Conduct lockdown drills at least twice per year, and if possible have the security consultant observe at least the first one to ensure comprehension of the protocols.

There are many small steps that go into the above mentioned procedures. However, by choosing the right security consulting firm you […]

By |September 21st, 2014|Categories: Security Consulting||Comments Off on Lockdown – It’s Not Just for Schools

Church Security – Protecting our Houses of Worship

Open Doors vs. Secured Facility – A Tough Balance
One of the most difficult “industries” that we serve as security consultants is that of faith based institutions.  All organizations have some level of resistance to the recommended strategies of a security program.  However, churches must incorporate a philosophy and environment that encourage visitors to feel welcome to walk in when they seek God’s direction and love.  This atmosphere, while effective for the operations of the church, can create huge challenges for any security planning.

Following are a few of the major obstacles that churches must overcome to better protect its facility, staff and members/congregation:

Doors – Often left unlocked to allow easy entry/egress by those visiting the church, they also allow criminals to walk right in the door, steal a flat screen TV off the wall.  Depending on the location of facility, this can often happen without anyone’s knowledge until the thief is long gone.
Hours of Operation – Most churches have a myriad of events occurring day and night, all days of the week.  Bible study, worship, prayer groups, meetings, children’s functions, day care and other functions turn the church into a revolving door of occupants.
Culture – One of the greatest attributes of a church is the kind and welcoming treatment that a person gets from the staff, pastor and others within the clergy.  However,  that same trusting mindset can be detrimental if there is any hint of naiveness or a denial that a subject is there to commit an illegal act.
Money – Large amounts of money is collected at every worship service, often multiple on Sundays and Wednesday nights.  Criminals are smart enough to realize this and that the money is often kept overnight for a […]

By |October 31st, 2013|Categories: Security Consulting||Comments Off on Church Security – Protecting our Houses of Worship