Protecting Houses of Worship

Jill Carraway by Jill Carraway | 12.01.2011

Protecting Houses of WorshipMoving from “it can’t happen to me” to “what do we do now?”

You go to church to reflect, recharge and worship. You don’t go to church to look over your shoulder. Right? A house of worship is the last place you expect to encounter violence, yet it happens more frequently than we realize. You think that kind of stuff only happens to other people—and then it happened to me.

I write about security issues every day, yet the night the service at my own church was disrupted by someone intending to hurt the pastor, I sat there stunned, thinking this couldn’t be happening. As I watched the reactions of the people around me and saw how calmly they handled the situation, I was thankful that the individual was removed from the building without anyone getting hurt. That night I learned a valuable lesson—it’s important to have a plan, and it’s important to know where your strengths and weaknesses are.

Here is the link to a free self-assessment guide we’re offering to houses of worship of all sizes—across the nation. Honeywell developed it in partnership with the American Crime Prevention Institute (ACPI) to help churches assess their level of security.

Pass it along if you know someone who can benefit from learning about steps they can take to protect their house of worship.