Developing a security plan for your place of worship may seem overwhelming, but at RFDI2way.com, we have a few recommendations that can help you craft a plan to protect your congregation. Here are four tips for developing a solid in-house security plan.
Develop a Strategy
Your security strategy should address any areas of concern in the way your place of worship currently operates and identify any members that would be more vulnerable than others like the elderly and young children. Next, you should consider all the “what if” emergency situations your congregation could face, including situations such as a fire or intruder. Reach out to your local police department, fire station, and paramedics to ask for recommendations on crafting an effective lockdown procedure, security guard training program, and evacuation plan.
Create a Security Team
Seek the help of people in the community who have proper training in law enforcement, the military, or security as they can be valuable assets in helping your place of worship build its own security team. Ask qualified community members if they would be willing to join your security team. If they say no, ask them to help train any of your church’s members that are interested in volunteering their time.
Every member of your security team should be equipped with two-way radios so that they can communicate with each other without interference. At RFDI2way.com, we carry the Motorola XPR 7550 which is a portable radio that delivers stellar audio quality, full-color display, GPS, text messaging, and an emergency button. The advanced features of the Motorola XPR 7550 make it the ideal device for improving communication in an emergency situation.
Install a Security System
Having a reliable security system can go a long way in increasing the security of your place of worship. You should consider installing cameras both inside and outside of your place of worship, particularly in areas such as the main worship hall, children’s areas, parking lots, and all entrances/exits. Assign a member of your security team to monitor the cameras so that if they notice any suspicious activity, they use their radio to alert the congregation and the proper authorities.
Having a security plan in place gives your members the peace of mind of knowing that they can worship without fear. For more information on our Motorola XPR 7550 radios call us at 215-245-1700.