Despite the hype, armed response is only one component of an effective security strategy.
By Mark Warren
Gun control, concealed weapons and open carry get lots of attention in the media.
However, when it comes to stopping intruders — whether it’s at the office, church or school — weapons usually play a minimal role. That’s not to say they are unimportant or unnecessary. But if your organization opts for armed security, it should be only one part of a comprehensive strategy.
Most intruders can and should be stopped long before a shot is fired. This is accomplished by controlling access, teaching employees awareness skills and taking a proactive instead of reactive approach.
Your security plan may or may not require armed response. But that tactic should not be the first one you consider.
Let’s start with locking the door and work backwards from there.