School Safety Article Review

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How Numbers Are Looking Up and Down in Terms of School Safety

An older news headline recently grabbed my attention, “Schools Ratchet Up Safety Protocol, But Some Lack Basic Infrastructure.” In it the author, Allie Bidwell, writes about how school safety statistics are on the rise, but a startling number still lack some of the key points that many expect to see in schools such as controlled access points, visitor check in, and manned surveillance cameras. She also touches on an important point in the beginning, leadership that is invested. Read More

Beat the Heat!

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Summer Fire Safety in Your Mall

Shopping centers start to see an increase in shoppers through the summer months since school is out, but summer brings other challenges for facilities. Wildfires, overheating of air conditioners, generators, and other electrical wiring become a concern during warmer seasons. Be prepared this summer and offer a safe place for people to beat the heat with these fire safety and prevention tips. Read More

Minimize VIP Stress with Rapid Responder

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3 Ways Rapid Responder Streamlines the VIP Process

Perhaps there is a celebrity signing at your movie theater for a premier, a presidential candidate at your school, or a well-known religious leader speaking at your place of worship. Whatever the VIPcase, there will be a lot of preparation and potential stress leading up to their arrival and while they are visiting. Luckily, Rapid Responder helps to alleviate some stress by providing critical information during planning, creating inter-agency concord, and annotation features to customize your event plans. Continue reading to learn about the cutting edge features available to streamline your VIP process. Read More

Reducing Vulnerabilities in Your Place of Worship

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Simple Changes that can Make a Big Difference

Vulnerable is an understatement for nearly every facility and organization in our society. Places of worship however have found themselves highly vulnerable to outside threats and attacks for various reasons. Reducing vulnerabilities can be a struggle, but putting forth the effort and allocating resources before an incident is critical to continued safety and security for your buildings, staff, volunteers, and congregation. Read More

Cost Effective Safety for Your Movie Theater

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risk assessments4 Tips to Cut Down on Security Costs

Movie theaters have faced a lot of criticism over safety and security protocols in the past few years, in part because the environment is so open with minimal access control and lack of a security mindset. Many theaters though have shifted their thinking and their procedures to include some additional safety features that help keep their moviegoers safe from harm.  Below are some ways you can increase theater safety on a budget by using some of the resources you may already have available and with low cost help like risk assessments.  Read More

A Shift in Place of Worship Security

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church safety plansHow One Event Changed Church Safety Plans

For many places of worship, the way they viewed safety and security changed on the night of June 17, 2015; the night that Charleston AME church in Charleston, SC was violently attacked by a gunman. From then on, church security became a headline across the United States and small town churches as well as large churches, began putting in place church safety plans and procedures to address risk. During an interview I conducted with a Pastor of a small town church, just 70 miles from Charleston, we discussed how the Charleston shooting created a security shift for many small town churches, like his own. Pastor Milton Stubblefield has been pastoring for decades in small town churches and the shooting in his home state helped to propel the safety and security changes their church had already been working on. Read More

How Schedules Affect Church Safety

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Avoid Vulnerabilities by Changing Routines

Schedules are great, they keep us on track and help us to stay organized, but sometimes, our day to day schedules can become detrimental to the safety of our lives or organizations. For place’s of worship in particular, daily schedules can be an invitation for unwanted criminal activity. Today we are going to give insight on what criminals may see as an opportunity to commit a crime on your church grounds, and how changing routines can help minimize risk. Crimes could include assault, robbery, breaking and entering, etc. The overall tip for the day is this:

“Changing routines often can reduce the chance of crime on your church grounds.”

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Time Change Brings Security Changes to Your Theater

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time changeEmbrace Change for Increased Security

Daylight Savings is much anticipated after brutal winters and less sunshine. Since time changes twice a year, it is a good indicator of when to do routine safety checks and security procedures. Many fire departments for instance urge their community to check and replace batteries in smoke detectors and expiration dates of fire extinguishers. Today however, we are going to give you 3 ways to alter your theater’s security with the twice yearly time change for increased safety. Read More

Using Your School as a Polling Place

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Vote for Student Safety During Elections

Because schools are found in nearly every city across the United States, they are often used as polling places for local and National elections. However, opening the tightly secured doors during school hours to the entire community can have serious security implications. Many districts have adopted election days as teacher work days to reduce security concerns by giving students the day off, but for those who haven’t, here are some tips to keep your students and buildings safe from harm. Read More

Use of Force: Non-Lethal Defensive Tools (Part 3 of 3)

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How You Can Deter Violence with Non-Lethal Force at Your Hospital

A prisoner being treated at a hospital suddenly disarms the deputy guarding him, shooting and killing him with his own service weapon.  The prisoner, now armed and not wearing handcuffs, poses a lethal risk to anyone else in the hospital who might try to stop him.  Hospital security officers, armed with TASERs, respond to the scene and deploy a TASER to stop the threat and subdue the prisoner.  The TASER effectively subdues the man, who later is pronounced dead.

This is a nightmare scenario that actually unfolded at a hospital in St. Cloud Minnesota in 2015.  Had the hospital security officers not been armed with TASERs, other lives might have been lost that day.  While TASERs are not meant to be a response to deadly force incidents, the deployment of this non-lethal defensive tool in this case was effective, but also resulted in the death of the subject. Read More