As we are all well aware, there have been a number of school and workplace shootings in our country in the past 12 months. Las Vegas. Parkland. Santa Fe. Capital Gazette. And those are just the big ones. Depending on what sources you use, what statistics you use, what criteria you use for defining a mass shooting event, the number of shootings for 2018 is anywhere from 28 school shootings, 1 school shooting per week on average, 198 mass shootings, or 154 mass shootings.
Executives, board members, and other decision makers often look at statistics like these and panic, then install various aspects of an electronic security system (more cameras, a new card reader, a fingerprint scanner) that they think will help protect their own people from something like a mass shooting. Here’s the thing about thinking about your organization’s security from a fear perspective – you usually wind up with a Band-Aid solution that is a quick fix to a perceived flaw in your security.
Here at Invictus Consulting we absolutely believe in security systems. Cameras, card readers, scanners, door alarms, locks, fences, and security guards are all important parts of keeping your people and property safe. But making a hurried decision about any one of these things doesn’t necessarily keep your people and property safer than they were before. Adding a few new IP cameras to your existing analog camera system now means your people have 2 separate camera systems to deal with. Installing a fingerprint scanner that doesn’t actually interact with any other systems (e.g., your cameras) does little more than give a superficial image of improved security.
A collection of independently operating security systems and procedures can create extra work for your security people with little return on the investment. There is no all-encompassing answer to your unique security problems that can be quickly fixed with some security camera you saw on a commercial. Your organization’s security issues are unique to you – your location, your type of business, your clients, your size, etc. Your organization needs a security solution designed to work fluidly and integrated; cameras talking to card readers; door alarms integrated with your operations console; fingerprint scanners integrated into your visitor management software. You get the picture.
Please don’t let fear and panic dictate your security decisions. Don’t wait for another mass shooting to think about your organization’s security measures.