Workplace Violence: Threats From Without and Within

You’ve got a great workplace. People love their jobs. So you’re safe from workplace violence, right?

Wrong. Workplace violence stems from many sources, including employees’ home lives. Domestic violence frequently spills over into the workplace. Disgruntled customers can also be a cause. Finally, how well do you know your employees? What’s really going on their lives? Proactivity is the best approach to creating an environment that is resistant to workplace violence. Strategos President Vaughn Baker addresses this topic in this Strategos Security Minute.

 

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Church Violence: How Real is the Risk?

A recent shooting suspect was a children’s ministry volunteer and evangelist – before the sanctuary was sprayed with bullets.

By Vaughn Baker
President, Strategos International

You’ve heard the saying: Expect it when you least expect it. There is wisdom in this idea when it comes to church security.

On Sunday, Emanuel K. Samson was arrested in the shooting death of a member of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ near Nashville, Tenn. Six others were injured.

Police say Samson began firing as people left the worship service, then ran into the building and kept shooting. A member of the church repeatedly struggled with Samson, causing the assailant to shoot himself in the leg. That’s when the killing stopped.

Who knows how many lives were spared. Police say Samson had multiple weapons and a sizable stash of ammunition.

The enigma in all of this: Why? Samson had volunteered in children’s ministry and was a Gospel-heralding church member. He invited many to join him in worship.

The lesson for us? Be prepared. We have to accept the risk before we can assess it. Only then can we go from being victimized to prevailing.

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The Strategos Security Minute: What is My Risk of Workplace Violence?

We must accept the risk before we can accurately assess the risk.

We hear about workplace, school and church violence almost daily. But it seems like something that happens to somebody else … until it happens to you. What is the risk of violence in your workplace, church or school? And do you prepare based on the risk? We certainly don’t take that approach for fires, tornadoes, floods or other severe weather incidents – even though the risks are quite low. The better question, according to Strategos President Vaughn Baker, is “What is the risk of doing nothing?”

The Strategos Security Minute: What is My Risk of Workplace Violence? from Strategos International on Vimeo.

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Strategos Brings Rapid Response for Florida Businesses in Hurricane’s Wake

MEDIA RELEASE

We’re protecting people and property at a time when first-responders are overwhelmed.

Strategos International, a Kansas City-based security company, has nearly 60 of its personnel on the ground in Florida protecting people and property for its clients.

Strategos specializes in on-site protection and security consulting for businesses, schools, churches and law enforcement. It has also trained more than 100,000 personnel on security topics.

Strategos has a command center set up in its Grandview office to digitally monitor events, clients’ properties and to interact with personnel.

“People turn to us in uncertain times and a massive hurricane is certainly one of those,” said Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos. “Law enforcement and other first-responders are overwhelmed and serving in heroic ways. A professional security presence is often needed to safeguard business property and keep operations safe and secure.”

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Who Needs Personal Protection?

While most don’t need a permanent protective presence, temporary security may be necessary in response to a threat.

It’s a violent world out there. Do you need personal protection (also known as a bodyguard or executive protector)? Few individuals need round-the-clock protection, although there are certainly those who require it. These include high-net worth individuals, controversial public figures and celebrities. Far more common, however, is the need for temporary executive protection. Has a threat been made to your CEO, workplace or to an employee? Are you contemplating a high-risk termination? Strategos International can help you determine if temporary personal protection, or even a permanent security presence, is best for the safety and well being of you, your family and your organization. Contact us if we can be of assistance.

 

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Is Your Crisis Response Plan a Paper Tiger?

Simply having a plan in a file cabinet will not reduce your organization’s crisis response liability – or more importantly – save lives.

Strategos International President Vaughn Baker addresses getting a crisis response plan out of the file cabinet and into action so that your organization can prevail over a crisis.

 

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Light the Night: Don’t Let Parking Lots and Garages Become Crime Scenes

A dark and lonely outpost is a great place for an ambush. Do something about it.

Doors locked? Check. Alarm activated? Check. Parking lots and garages? Well … Parking lots and garages are easily neglected when it comes to security. They’re often dark and out of sight. That means they’re soft targets for thieves and bad guys of all stripes. Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos International, shares a tips that can prevent your property from becoming a crime scene.

 

Strategos is a leading source for intruder response training, active shooter training, executive protection and tactical instruction for law enforcement and military personnel.

• Intruder response training: We equip the true first-responder (personnel already on the scene) to counter active shooters and other threatening intruders in schools, churches, offices and other workplaces.
• Executive protection: We provide executive protection and security for VIPs, CEOs, executives and others high-profile figures.
• Tactical instruction: We provide tactical and SWAT training and education for police, law enforcement and military personnel.

Let us know how we can be of service.

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Church Violence: What is the Cost of Inaction?

The head-in-the-sand mindset is misguided.

By Vaughn Baker
President
Strategos International

An Ohio newscast recently relayed the good news that multiple churches were receiving security training from law enforcement in order to protect their congregations.

“In this day and age, who knows what could happen, who could walk through the front door?” said one pastor. “Bombings and violence in churches – it catches your attention.”

We couldn’t agree more. That’s why we do what we do: Educate and equip churches, schools and businesses to be ready for the “what if?”

However, another pastor interviewed for the newscast said he was not worried and won’t be participating in the training. Why? He believes God will protect him and his flock. The pastor also believes violent acts haven’t “happened in our churches and wouldn’t for the most part.” Finally, smaller churches are less likely to be targeted, he said.

I truly wish that this pastor was correct and that we here at Strategos could close up shop. But we can’t. And here’s why:

It can happen here
There have been more than 1,000 violent incidents at churches since 1999 and a 600 percent increase in the last decade alone. True, the statistical likelihood of it happening to your church is small. But it was equally small for the churches where people were killed by gunmen. Statistics are cold comfort in those cases.

It can happen in rural areas
Over half of active-shooter incidents occur in rural areas. Even as rural as Nickel Mines, Pa. (population 43), where a gunman killed eight grade school girls in a one-room Amish schoolhouse.

God can use our planning to protect us
I’m not a theologian, but the fact that 99.9% of us lock our doors indicates we believe that God expects us to do something to protect ourselves. A verse that lends support to this is Proverbs 22:3:
“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

There are numerous ways to protect a church. Churches don’t have to compromise their mission or their welcoming culture. It’s not all or nothing.

The newscast closed with a rebuttal from another pastor in the community. He spoke out against the idea that “it can’t happen here.”

“I think that it would be absolutely a travesty to take that position, because it can happen,” he said.

Amen. 

We’ll pray that it won’t, but will prepare in case it does.

Vaughn Baker is the president of Strategos International, a leader in training businesses, schools and churches to proactively respond to active shooters and violent intruders. The firm also evaluates facilities and overall organizational security to protect people and property. Let us know if we can be of assistance.

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Strategos Security Minute: Enjoy the Game With Eyes Wide Open

Whether you’re at a political rally, a church service or a football game, it pays to be aware. In recent months, people who were shopping or attending concerts were shocked to be interrupted by violent intruders. Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos International, shares how you can enjoy the game with eyes wide open. Contact us to learn more.

 

Staying Safe at Public Events: Enjoy the Game With Eyes Wide Open from Strategos International on Vimeo.

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Beyond Survival: You Can Prevail Over Workplace Violence

Hope is not a valid strategy to counter an active shooter at your church, school or business.

Someone is killed in a U.S. workplace, on average, almost every day. Yet many employers’ only strategy is to hope it doesn’t happen. Businesses, schools and churches can in fact do a great deal to stop workplace shootings before they occur. But some things are beyond the control of even the most prepared leaders. Because of this, we need to be prepared to prevail against an active shooter. Public service announcements and handouts aren’t enough. Strategos International has partnered with Sollah Interactive to create a truly unique and innovative workplace violence training initiative. The goal: saving lives.

Contact us to learn more.

 

Beyond Survival: You Can Prevail Over Workplace Violence from Strategos International on Vimeo.

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