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Personal Safety and Security – What Would You Have Given to Avoid the Loss?

When it comes to personal safety and security, we have many choices to make. We can take:

  • precautions and assure our safety
  • chances and perhaps come out lucky
  • undue risks and possibly have serious regrets

Each of these options have been exercised by all of us at one time or another. We count on ourselves to make these decisions every day. How do we make decisions as to which path we’ll take? We need to understand how to do it well if we’re going to stay safe. For each of us the answer may be different, but many times the right answer can be found simply by examining our values.

It’s what we value that’s important, and that’s how we make most of our decisions. The impatient value time. Our elders value health and longevity. Those willing to pay $2 for a soft drink at a vending machines at a rest stop value convenience. These are a sampling of our values, and each causes us to make judgments as to what we’re going to do in terms of personal safety, financial security and other risk versus gain propositions.

Whenever you find yourself wondering whether personal safety and security measures are worthwhile, just imagine the following:

What I feared could go wrong indeed did go wrong, and now I’m faced with the consequences. I’ve incurred a cost. How could I have done this differently to avoid the problems I’m now saddled with? Knowing the mess I’m in now, and understanding that I can turn back the hands of time, what value do I see in the precautionary measures now?

They key is to imagine yourself already in the undesirable situation and then ask yourself what it would be worth to have avoided the mess in the first place. The “how much” part is the value, and imagining yourself already in the undesirable situation helps us place proper value on the precautionary measures. Otherwise, we’re likely just kidding ourselves with “it’ll never happen to me” thinking.

Looking back as if the adverse event has already taken place is a good way to help us assign realistic values to issues of personal safety and security. Only when we have a realistic value assigned can we make good decisions about the price of safety and security with respect to our:

  • convenience
  • money
  • time
  • pride

Many people say that Murphy is everywhere. As associate of mine used to say, “When you think there won’t be any problems, that’s when you have problems.” And, I like to think that at one time or another, we are “the other guy” that things are always happening to, so it pays to take personal safety and security seriously.

Simply think of the reasonably likely consequences, and ask yourself what it would be worth to you to avoid them. That should help you assign reasonable value to measures that are intended to help ensure your safety and security.

Home Security Isn’t the Only Thing You Should Be Concerned About – Safety and Security at the Office

We often spend a significant amount of time on securing our homes. We install home security systems, invest in motion lights, double-check the locks on our doors before going to bed and put fire alarms outside of every bedroom. We think of our homes as our havens, our own territory and domain. Home security is an issue on the mind of every homeowner or renter in America and something of which individuals generally simply take charge.

Though we tend to be extra conscious of home security, the same tends not to be the case in office safety and security. It is easy to forget even the most basic safety standards while at work. And while the fast-paced working world today means that many of us actually spend more time at the office than at home, we very often forget to think about our own safety and security while at work.

Take note of a few at-work safety and security tips and make sure that your home security system is comparable to the safety mechanisms you employ in your workplace:

1. Study Security

Observe what security and safety measures have been taken at your workplace. If you work in a building, inquire as to what visitor policies are. How lax is the doorman? What credentials are required for someone to enter? Find escape routes in case of fires and emergencies, and ask about policies regarding robbery or intrusion. If you work in the reception area, ask if a lock can be put on the door to the office so that you can decide who to let in. Find out whether an alarm system similar to your own home security system has been put into place.

2. Lock Up

In an ideal world, you would be able to confide completely in your coworkers. In the real world, you cannot. Whenever you step away from your desk, make sure all valuable items are out of sight. If you’ve got a lock on one of your desk drawers, use it. If you don’t, ask for one to be put in. Leave nothing of extreme importance at the office overnight. If you have a laptop or cell phone that is used only for the office, ask about a secure place you can keep it overnight.

3. Be Aware

We’ve all heard it before – don’t walk to your car or to the train late at night alone. And while we know that this is probably the best advice, most of us don’t always take it. When walking to and from work, be especially aware of your surroundings. Early morning and late evening are perfect times for aggressors to attack. Set up a car pool system or ask a co-worker or security guard to accompany you. Taking such caution may seem silly, but it’s worth it.

Safety and security must always stay in the back of the mind. If you’ve taken so much trouble to install an expensive home security system in your house, why not ask for a lock for your desk drawer at work?

Training a Church Safety and Security Team

Violence in places of worship is on the rise, and this violence has forced the topic of safety and security in a church to the forefront of security consulting. Unfortunately many consultants are losing focus on what is important in a church ministry, which is our Christian Mission of bringing the great news of our savior Jesus Christ to the unsaved, and instead, reacting by militarizing our churches. Many of these consultants are banking on our fears so they can profit.

We have seen terms such as “homeland security” and “terrorism” thrown out to explain the need for armed security officers at places of worship. We have also seen many of these consultants pushing the training of church security teams to the likes of a Police SWAT Team or Military Combat Squad, charging extravagant prices for the training. The choice to arm your security ministry should not be made lightly or based on perceived or misrepresented fears. The militarization of our churches may not be the appropriate response. In law enforcement, we judge our use of force on the “reasonable person” rule, which in simple terms means “common sense”.

This standard should also be applied when deciding on how to equip your church security team. Yes, I do believe that armed response is often times a necessary response in protecting our churches, but it should not be the only response. A well prepared, well trained, strategically deployed, and alert team, with a willingness to serve our Savior can be equally effective in protecting a church as armed security guards and far less distracting or menacing. We at www.sheepdogministries.com believe that church safety and security should involve a “common sense” approach. We provide an inexpensive, yet professional and experienced based training program for all church security teams, regardless of church size, without losing focus on the need for evangelizing.

It is important to remember that not all churches are alike and we provide customized consultation to meet your church’s specific security and safety needs. Our experts are current law enforcement officers with over twenty-five years of combined experience, thus bringing current tactics and techniques to you.