Security tips

Protests and riots: Don’t get caught in the crossfire

Be alert, have an exit plan and refuse to be a “gawker.” When you click on the news, you see protests and riots. And they’re not quiet. You may support protests, but detest riots. Or you may feel sympathy for both. Or neither. But when it comes to keeping safe, your views aren’t too important.

“What Would You Do” if an active shooter showed up?

An incident in rural Alaska brings home the importance of training. “What Would You Do?” is a long-running ABC television program hosted by John Quiñones. A hidden camera records the public’s response to actors who engage in conflict, unethical or illegal activity. The scene is staged, but half the people don’t know it. Afterward, John

Strategos Security Minute: Overcoming Normalcy Bias

In a crisis, our denial instinct can lead to death. How do we rise above it? What’s wrong with being normal? Nothing, if things are indeed normal. Normalcy bias is a deadly psychological coping mechanism that leads us to deny clear threats to our life and safety. Gunshots are dismissed as fireworks, bullets, and blood

Strategos in the news: Church security from “Band-Aids to bullets.”

FOX24 of Fayetteville, Ark., reported on our church security training “from the parking lot to the pulpit, and Band-Aids to bullets.” “The presentation was put on for everyone from church greeters to those in leadership, and discussed how to identify suspicious behavior and respond to threats. It also provided an overview of lockdown procedures and

A YouTuber walks into a church …

It’s no joke when a confrontationist disrupts your worship service. But what should you do? We recently posted an article about a YouTuber who had been disrupting church services in Tennessee. He was armed only with a camera, but aimed to cause chaos and then upload the footage. The post exploded on Facebook, reaching nearly

Countering Critics of School Active Shooter Training

Strategos’ Mark Warren responds to those who say security training isn’t worth it. As school active shooter training has grown in prominence, critics have begun raising their voices. They’re concerned about causing unnecessary anxiety – even trauma. Others object to heavy-handed tactics. And a few say the training doesn’t work. School’s been back in session

Strategos Church Security Training Featured on Action News Jax

We’re honored to have one of our recent church security trainings, led by instructor Roger Huggins, featured by Action News Jax. “The group would rather preach the gospel and leave the guns aside, but they’re training because for them, knowing how to handle a firearm in a place of worship has become a necessity.” Learn

“Jolly Awareness” Will Keep Your Holidays Delightful, Not Frightful

You don’t have to say “bah humbug” to the holiday season to stay safe. Enjoy your traditions, the crowds and the shopping. At the same time, be aware of your surroundings and focus on the environment, not your phone. Hopefully you’ll have a “Silent Night,” but just in case, a mindset of “jolly awareness” will