We talk a lot about active shooters here on the Invictus Consulting blog. Of course having an Emergency Operations Plan is critical for the safety of your people. Drilling your plan is just as critical.
But it’s important to understand that there should be multiple layers of security before a shooter even gets to the building.
If your facility has these five layers of security, the possibility of an active shooter making it through the doors decreases, since these layers of security would stop of slow him down before he got inside.
- Layer 1 – fences that are in good repair combined with gates that are locked will slow down a perpetrator
- Layer 2 – cameras that allow security personnel to view the perimeter of the property as well as view exterior doors would allow them to see a perpetrator before they’re inside
- Layer 3 – door access control (either locks or electronic access control) would also slow down a perpetrator, since they would not have unhindered access via an open and unlocked door
- Layer 4 – intruder or burglar alarm systems would alert security personnel that an unauthorized individual is attempting to gain access
- Layer 5 – employees that are well trained on visitor management policies and procedures can go a long way in keeping unauthorized individuals out of the building
Of course no security measure is perfect. Simply installing fences, cameras, card readers, and burglar alarms in no way guarantees a perfectly secure work environment. A culture of security is of the greatest importance in security; technology is not your crutch.