Podcast 212 Church Safety and Security

By on November 7, 2017

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Today: Church Safety and Security, it’s on everyone’s mind that works in, goes to, or is around a church after the mass shooting at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church.  How can you make yourself and your church safer? This podcast covers how you can keep yourself safe and how you can help your church be safer.


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Sutherland Springs Baptist Church Shooting

Not enough info to know all that happened yet

Church is one of the most dangerous places I go on a normal basis

Threat Analysis

  • Outline all the threats
  • Find them through local sources and imagination
  • Put them in most likely order
  • Basics for most Churches in America
    • Medical Problems
    • Car Burglaries
    • Domestic Violence
    • Child Abuse
    • Kidnapping
    • Robbery of Attendees and Church
    • Burglary of the Church
    • Seemingly Random Violence
    • Mass Shootings
    • Terrorism

How to Defend Yourself

  • Medical
    • Basics
    • Heart Attack
    • Allergic Reactions
    • Slip and Falls
    • Broken Bones
    • Bad Bleeding
  • Car Burglaries
    • Lock, Hide, and Take your Keys
    • Church Staff: Having a parking lot team that hangs out in the parking lot
  • Domestic Violence
    • Don’t be a part of it
    • Get Law Enforcement Help
    • Have an outreach to help people in trouble
    • Don’t get involved
    • Isn’t going reflect well on the church no matter what happens, do the right thing
  • Child Abuse
    • Do get involved
    • Call Police
    • Get help from anyone and everyone
  • Robber of Attendees
    • Just keep your awareness up just like anyplace else
    • People that are out of place should be easy to spot
    • Help or don’t help like any other time
  • Robber of Church
    • Normally the money from the offering
    • Don’t get involved unless someone is going to get hurt
    • Not your job and not your issue really
    • Church Staff: Need to protect the money so it looks too hard to get. That way there isn’t an attempt and someone gets hurt
  • Church Burglary
    • Not your issue, it’s just stuff and insured
    • Don’t get involved unless someone is going to get hurt
  • Random Violence
    • Isn’t random
    • But it’s violence like anywhere else but there is a reason
    • Maybe against someone you consider a friend
    • Harder to ignore than any other place
    • Probably just mostly bully crimes but be prepared for more
    • Probably a group… think hate crime
  • Violence Against Staff
    • For some reason happens
    • Normally not lethal
    • Wait to jump in, you don’t know what things the church has in place and you may get hurt by them
  • Mass Shooting
    • Normally 1 person
    • Some will have bombs
    • Locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver. And to repel the enemy’s assault by fire and close combat.
    • Probably a bully
    • Be ready for them to run or suicide
    • They’ll kill until someone stops them
  • Terrorism
    • Multiple Attackers
    • Probably have to deal with explosives
    • Might be yelling so easier to find
    • Lately it’s been kill everyone, but kidnaping is historical and could make a comeback
    • Get your family and as many people as you can to safety
    • Up to you to pick the line you will stand on to the death


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  1. Jay Helberg
    November 19, 2017

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    Just listening to polite socioty podcast. Could you send me information for setting up security team at church.

  2. J.Bradbury
    November 8, 2017

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    Sorry to hear that the shooter literal passed your church. Glad to hear you’re safe.

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