Security for Places of Worship: How to Protect Your Congregation

worship securityYou expect to be safe in your place of worship. Unfortunately, there are people who attack such places. There is always a risk of vandalism from delinquents. But sometimes there is the potential of a hate-inspired terrorist attack. Security for places of worship is a sad, albeit necessary, facet for ensuring worshipper safety.

Plan with Your Community

Implement an emergency response plan. Devise it as a group that involves staff, security detail, and most important of all, the congregants. Actively involving your worshippers fosters trust. When your members trust you, they are more likely to report suspicious activity.

Establish a Contraband List

The list of contraband should be similar to that established in airports, stadiums, and conventions. The usual items include firearms, knives, switchblades, etc. Other forms of contraband include:

  • Scissors, nail cutters, or anything with a blade
  • liquids other than water
  • anything in a tube
  • e-cigarettes
  • blunt instruments, such as baseball bats and Billy clubs

Secure the Parking Lot

Safety begins outside the worship building. Be sure all vehicles are registered before entering the parking lot. Have a special designated parking area for first-time visitors that haven’t registered their cars. A vehicle patrol outside the facility further helps secure the perimeter.

External Lockers

As a safety precaution, prohibit members from bringing backpacks to the facility. However, don’t turn someone away who shows up with a pack. Instead, have security personnel check and scan the bag for prohibitive items. After inspection, have the guest store the bag in a locker. Keep the locker as far away from the worship area as possible.

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People have a right to feel safe in their chosen place of worship. Whether you run a church, synagogue, or mosque, call Squadron Protective Services. Security for places of worship is an unfortunate necessity in a time of religious strife.

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