Protecting Places of Worship
Areas of Church Security
The first step to understanding what security needs need to be addressed is understanding the threats and vulnerabilities that your church or synagogue will be facing. This includes structural vulnerabilities, intelligence reports, and current political climate. As the world is changing and threats are being more advanced, the methods and implementation of church security measures also need advancing.
We must first understand how our church or synagogue is laid out and where all of our entrances and exits are. We also look at what spots could be choke points for entry/escape, which way do doors open and close and how durable they are, etc.
Secondly, church and synagogue leaders must speak to local, state, and federal law enforcement and understand what current threats they are monitoring. We have seen time and time again that law enforcement had previous intelligence on the attacker but never shared it with anyone (I.E. the Tree of Life Synagogue attack where the attacker posted on various social media that he was going to do it)
Thirdly, the current political climate or more specifically what the news media is reporting on could be a hint of what’s to come or inspire copy-cat attacks. To achieve an advanced level of church security, every base must be covered to ensure there is nothing being overlooked.