“The Value of Security Isn’t Measured by what it Costs, But what it Prevents”

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Justifying the Value of Prevention

When a facility such as a school, church, or movie theater starts discussing their security options, the topic of budget always arises. Often times there are individuals who rally for increased safety and security, no matter the cost, but there are others who vote for cheaper, and sometimes less effective options, even if it means providing less safety. Today we want to talk to you about the quote,

The value of security isn’t measured by what it costs, but what it prevents

Let’s first look at what your security is protecting. In many cases, your security procedures and systems are protecting your facility from crime and vandalism, as well as your guests whether they be students, staff, moviegoers, church members, or patients. If you are only protecting your facility, it is easy to put a price on how much security you need, but when human lives are what you’re protecting, it becomes difficult to put a price on. Unfortunately, we must prepare for the worst emergency situations, where the loss of life may be likely. When determining how much your security is protecting, you must also take into account the amount of lives that it may need protect, not just the monetary price of your assets.

As with any facility, it is a business for the owners and managers, and as such, insurance, liability and preventing law suits are a normal topic to be discussed. When considering security options, also talk about the insurance and liability claims, and law suits that could be brought up after an incident, because of lack of adequate security measures and safety systems in place for those you are obligated to protect. The higher cost of effective security, may outweigh the potential profit loss of claims and law suits.

Although there are many budget friendly security options to help your facility increase prevention, there may be other options that are more suitable for your facilities safety needs. If that is the case, any options that meets your facilities needs should be seriously considered, even if they are outside of your budget. Emergencies and incidents can happen at any facility and can be anything from a medical emergency to an active shooter. Without effective and efficient prevention, your guests may be able to file law suits if an emergency does occur and your security systems fail, costing your corporation more money. When discussing security options, remember, “The value of security isn’t measured by what it costs, but what it prevents.”

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