Security a Top Priority in 2019
School shootings, business shootings, church shootings… it seems that every couple of weeks there is a new tragedy in the news. Someone else has “gone crazy” and shot up a place where people should feel safe and secure. Shouldn’t we all feel secure in a learning environment, in a work environment, in a place of worship, in a *name a place* environment…? We should, but we don’t. And why is that?
We don’t feel secure because we don’t trust that we will be safe. I hate the term “perception of security”, but It’s a term used often in government. The government cannot provide us the security that we would like, so it provides the appearance of security. This is why police officers ride around 1 man to a car. More cars = more visibility = greater perception of security. There aren’t any more police officers on the streets, but it appears that there are.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love and support our police officers. They do a thankless job where they are often fighting bad guys, internet warriors, the media and their superiors, all for a decision that they had to make at the drop of a hat, in the heat of the moment, and the rest of the world gets to analyze their decision in slow motion for the rest of eternity.
So, if the police are doing all that they can do and it isn’t enough, what can we do?
The answer is simple; we take the initiative and make our buildings more secure, we educate ourselves on safety precautions and protocols, and we stop thinking like potential victims and we start thinking like people who take their safety from an offensive position rather than defensive.
If the answer is that simple, then why don’t we do it?
We don’t do more with security for 3 reasons:
2. lack of understanding, and
3. Preference on appearance rather than actual security
So let’s take these one at a time…
Good security costs money. It costs money to hire an expert to come to you and evaluate your security. It costs money to upgrade, rebuild, redesign, and remodel your facility. It costs money to hire security personnel. It costs money to manage a camera system. You get the point… This stuff costs money.
2. Lack of understanding
Many people do not understand how security protocols work. They don’t understand that by hiring a security consulting group, the professionals can help you determine the most cost effective way to get the most out of your security solution options, for the lowest amount of money possible. Many don’t understand that some of the best security solutions, might never be seen by the general public.
3. Preference on appearance rather than on actual security
This has two different views that people come from; 1. People don’t like the appearance of too much security because it gives the impression that people are not safe at their facility, and 2. People would rather spend money on systems that you can see so that people have a greater perception of security while visiting that facility.
I definitely believe in hiring a professional group to evaluate your security status and your security needs (Obviously, since we offer those services). Many security consultants offer free or reduced rate initial consultations to showcase what they are capable of.
I also believe that there should be a good balance between visible deterrents and security precautions that are not readily apparent to the average person. Both have their place and purpose, but I tend to prefer security that isn’t immediately apparent. I.e., I prefer to actually be safer than appear to be safer.
We need more security, better security, and a better understanding of security protocols.
Some examples of less visible security measures include: ballistic windows, walls and doors, key card access points, dual authentication access, security minded building design and landscape design, security protocols, security protocol audits, security training, and many more.
Putting our Money Where our Mouth is
At Herrscher Consulting we, among other things, offer security consultation and project management. The first 3 businesses, organizations, schools, churches or government organizations to contact us (as outlined below) and mention this article, will receive a free initial consultation, worth a minimum value of $2,500.00.
To qualify, your business must be located within 2 hours (by car) of The Woodlands, TX, or pay a small fee for reasonable travel expenses.
Email us at email@example.com, with the subject line “Free Security Consultation“