8. Not having a security camera in the rooms.
Having a camera in rooms can be a lifesaver. You’ll have clear evidence of what did or did not happen. Once a nursery volunteer dropped a child while trying to change his diaper. The baby was okay, and it was helpful to see exactly what happened.
9. Not having an evacuation plan.
If a fire alarm goes off, not having an evacuation plan could be devastating. The plan should be clearly mapped out, and volunteers should know what to do and where to go. Install a watermist fire supression system in your building. That way, in case of fire, the system can cool and suffocate a fire without damaging the protected area and contents.
10. Not having a clear view for parents to be able to see in the room.
Every room should have a window that lets parents see inside from the hallway. This also adds another level of security. Most abuse happens behind closed doors. Eliminate that by not having any rooms behind closed doors with no viewing access.
Your turn. What other church security mistakes should people avoid?
This article about safety and security mistakes originally appeared here.