This site was established January 5, 2011, to provide security information for leadership at Houses of Worship to help improve safety and security for all Houses of Worship around the world. We now have more than 600,000 viewers.
If you would like a vulnerability assessment of your place of worship please contact Jim McGuffey at email@example.com
Jim provides no cost on-site training as long as his travel expenses are covered prior to the visit. He flies “economy plus” prefers Delta Plus and stays at hotels such as the Courtyard as long as they are located in a decent area, if driving he receives .58 a mile and cost of meals.
Jim will conduct an on-site assessment using the security risk analysis process as outlined on this website. This option takes 1-2 days depending on the size of facility.
Jim’s preference is to train your key personnel how to conduct a security risk assessment so that each year they can conduct their own assessment which is recommended. You may even want to invite other leaders from local places of worship in your community to attend one larger session. Key personnel who need to attend are pastors, admin (finance and HR) maintenance, child care, IT, and security if you have a security department. This option requires 4 hours.
Jim’s normal hourly fee ranges between $150.00 to $250.00 (depending on type of work) due to his skill set and background experiences. See CV posted on this website.
A house of worship with 1-2 facilities takes on average 2-3 days which includes a written report. Factors such as facility size, complexity of operations, availability of facility members required to take part in the assessment, impact the time on site.
As it relates to safety and security, the author of this site thanks God for blessing our country and for allowing us to maintain the best team of men and women in our Military, CIA, FBI, DEA, ATF, NSA, DHS and other law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies to protect our nation and world from terrorist activity.
The author of this website has been a security practitioner for 45 years and is one of 150 security professionals world-wide to hold all three ASIS International Board Certifications in security which are accredited by Department of Homeland Security and universities. He provides security training world-wide. To learn more about Jim you can visit his website www.acesecurityconsultants.com
The author recommends that prior to making security improvements such as adding alarms, CCTV, access control, or guards you should first obtain an understanding of what you are seeking to accomplish and then decide appropriate cost effective security measures to achieve your objectives. Achieving objectives can be accomplished by conducting a security risk analysis. There are sales people out there who want to spend your money with little consideration for your needs. One of the most cost effective security strategies is to improve security awareness within your congregation and this strategy costs very little.
There are also a few security professionals who attempt to sell fear by making you think a shooting is about to occur and you should invest is all sorts of money for armed guards. The truth is that the majority of church crimes involves vandalism and the majority of incidents involve medical issues, many with the elderly. The majority of church incidents and crimes can be prevented and mitigated by managing risk through policies and procedures and a basic alarm system.
The term Houses of Worship is used simply because Jim, although a Christian respects the religious beliefs of others and believes that Christ would have him share best security practices with all faiths in order to protect human life.
Jim has met many Muslims, Hindu and Jewish security professionals working at military and civilian police agencies who face immense challenges in protecting their infrastructure and Houses of Worship against terrorist attacks. He considers it a blessing to have known and worked with these dedicated professionals who are also trying to protect their places of worship from terrorist attack.
If you are a security professional and would like to post an article as other security professionals have done that will help readers improve security and safety for Houses of Worship, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
In closing, please pray for this website that it will bring glory to God by sharing information to improve safety and security for many. Thank-you and God Bless!
Disclaimer: The articles contained on this website are written for general information purposes only and are not intended to be, and should not be used as, a primary source for making security decisions. The owner of this website may not agree with all of the content contained within the enclosed articles and it is the responsibility of the end users and viewers to evaluate and seek out additional guidance as deemed appropriate for application by local leadership.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]