When an organization decides to implement or improve security, the project is usually focused on incident prevention, mitigation, or post-incident investigation. In most cases, building occupants recognize the new normal with the presence of the cameras, turnstiles, card credential readers, and other conspicuous devices.
Houses of Worship, however, often have a different outlook on security technology implementations. Sacred structures are historically open to the public, welcoming newcomers and returning worshippers alike. Because of this, their security needs deserve a unique approach.
Before any physical or electronic security plan can be discussed productively, everyone must agree on visitor safety. These discussions can be passionate and emotional. Once there’s consensus, a security integration company with extensive experience securing houses of worship should be chosen. They’ll understand and appreciate the sensitive circumstances encountered during the process. Additionally, some religions have specific limitations on technology during certain days of the week. Fortunately, security manufacturers have created devices that can meet the strictest guidelines.
Modern security cameras are not only smaller but are also accepted as commonplace throughout our society. They’re conspicuously present everywhere, from kindergarten entrances to shopping malls to government buildings and public streets. Outdoor cameras can be placed to match the intent of the leaders and congregation.
Door Locking and Control
While some houses of worship maintain an open door to the public, others have decided to secure the location to protect the congregation and visitors. This is also a tough discussion. Fortunately, administrative area security is less controversial. Offices, storage areas, and other similar facilities may be secured easily with devices that automatically unlock with the appropriate card credential or biometric.
Devices designed to monitor windows and locked doors may be installed inconspicuously. When activated, these intrusion detection devices send a signal to the main alarm control panel. Alarm information is immediately sent to an offsite monitoring company that dispatches police and notifies leadership. Simultaneously, an audible alarm is locally activated, provoking most criminals to leave immediately.
With all these sensors, recording appliances, and locks in place, having a simple and effective way to communicate clearly with everyone in the building during an emergency is critical. Consideration must be given to integrating a mass notification system that can provide automated pre-recorded message delivery or allow for someone of authority to speak into the system with specific information about an incident.
The Vision team is ready to help you protect your sacred building, supporting offices, and other facilities. We can help navigate initial discussions with all stakeholders by clearly explaining the technology and how it operates. We’ll help to dispel many of the concerns for the sanctity of their house of worship. Once a plan is approved, our experienced team will ensure the sanctity of your building is respected.
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