Essay by Laura080790University, Bachelor'sB+, June 2014

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By: Laura Tevlin


It's hard to examine the subject in this article. It's hard to think about what needs the most attention when wanting to keep a church or any place of worship safe from intruders that mean to harm people. Most churches cannot afford actual security, the security measures that need to be taken to make sure that everyone is safe. Even if a church could put out a metal detector or have security guards, that would make a church-a place of peace and safety-a place where people would be scared to go. I would have to say that there are a few things in which a church could do in order to make sure that their people are safe. I believe that a person cannot just choose one of the components. I would have to say that two components need equal attention to help deal with the situation at hand.

They could start with Physical security. They could make sure to install alarms and maybe even find a way to hide a metal detector in a door way. If they can't do that then they need to think about getting cameras on the outside of the building and on the inside and an intercom system. This would allow someone to know what is going on at all time and be able to tell everyone in the building what they need to be doing about any kind of situation.

After they get their physical security under control they need to think about personal security. This means maybe having security officers present without anyone actually recognizing that they are there. If they are dressed normally for church then no one would think that it was a scary place and they would be able to calmly go...