.Safety and security shouldn’t have to be a burden for those who are attending a religious service. Unfortunately, it is a matter that needs to be diligently addressed, especially for places of worship that have become targets for acts of violence.
Ensuring the safety of a congregation requires important security measures for temples and synagogues. Partnering with an expert in the field will ensure that security systems are installed specifically for your organization’s needs. While it’s important that your members know that there are security measures in place for their protection, it’s also crucial to maintain a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. This is where opting to hire an experienced professional rather than resorting to the DIY-route pays off when it comes to the top five security measures needed to protect your congregation.
Install a Custom Access Control System
Like many religious institutions, temples and synagogues are often open to the public 24/7. Large events, including bar-mitzvahs, weddings and Shabbat services also take place, which can draw in a considerable amount of people. This welcoming environment is a hallmark of the community. However, it can leave members feeling vulnerable as you never know who is coming and going.
Installing a custom access control system secures your building. Think of this as a custom barrier system that restricts access to certain areas of your building, such as administrative offices, daycare areas, storage rooms and more. A fob, pass card, fingerprint or face recognition software (based on your preference) replaces the traditional lock and master key system so you’re able to control who has access to each area.
Another security benefit of installing an access control system is that you won’t have to worry about lost keys again. Lost or stolen keys are not only a hassle and an expense to replace (especially if you have to replace all the locks after one key has been misplaced), but they can also compromise your building’s security. With an access control system, you can easily deactivate a lost or stolen pass card.
Surveillance Cameras that Works 24/7
Adding a surveillance system and professional HD security cameras to your religious institution not only ensures the protection of your members, but your physical property as well.
We recommend installing high-definition IP surveillance cameras in all of your building’s entrance points to deter potential intruders. In case an incident does occur, whether it’s a break-in, robbery or vandalism, it will all be recorded and documented for prosecution. In addition to the entrances of your building, video cameras can also monitor children’s areas, such as a classroom or playground, to assure all children are accounted for and closely monitored.
#3: Meet With Your Local Police Department
Developing a relationship with your local enforcement agencies can help increase the safety of your organization. We recommend this is done at the same time you’re planning and installing your new security measures. Keep them informed on your new safety protocols and have them undergo an on-site security inspection to analyze your new plan. If local law enforcement is aware of your establishment’s vulnerabilities, they may be able to help police and monitor the area. Starting this conversation about your community’s safety can help foster your relationship and introduce who you are.
#4: State-of-the-Art Security Alarm System
An off-premise, 24/7 security monitoring system is your eyes and ears, protecting your organization against burglary and fire. Keep in mind, the building’s size, location and unique needs will determine which type of alarm system is best.
Professional security alarm systems can be integrated with your smartphone for local and remote access. However, a central alarm monitoring company will do the “watching” for you. Alarms are strategically placed on all windows, doors and access points to ensure protection. If a break-in is detected after hours, your security alarm will alert authorities within seconds. This could mean all the difference during a crime.
The fire alarm system should be installed in accordance with local code and approved by a fire marshall, which will all be taken care of when you partner with a professional.
A safety policy within your church’s administration personnel should also be established. Who will address and respond to situations that occur if an alarm is going off? Have clear guidelines in place for whose responsibility to act in case of an emergency.
#5: Lighting Fast Wi-Fi that Powers it All
An enterprise-level wired and wireless network should cover the entire building with a fast AC standard internet. Without a reliable, fast wireless connection, your entire security and surveillance system can be left vulnerable. If your synagogue or temple is operating on an antiquated wireless system that cannot support your new security systems, you’ll want to upgrade it during this process.
In addition, there are various building materials used in construction – concrete, stone, steel. An enterprise system eliminates the wireless interference that these products may cause.
Ready to Upgrade Your Security Measures?
Add these measures to your synagogue or temple’s security strategy and protect your institution. Contact us today to set up a free consultation during which we’ll analyze your place of worship and identify its points of vulnerability.