Places of Worship Risk Assessment Service
Recent terror attacks on religious places across Europe has prompted a focus on the vulnerability of places of worship and need for focused support and training. Places of worship are, by design, locations that are open and welcoming to all. However, the nature of these sites automatically inserts an inherent security vulnerability for the religious leaders and their worshippers.
Places of Worship are facing increased security risks, including vandalism and theft, on-site security breaches, and unfortunately terrorist attacks across Europe. Ensuring your institution and congregations are safe and secure is critical. The SOAR project will work to provide Risk Assessments to POW across the following pilot countries: France, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Belgium & Hungary.
An in-depth risk assessment and analysis are crucial steps in effective site security planning. Following an in-depth security training session, we will help you assess and determine the likelihood and consequences of a security issue or gap, and help you prioritize the appropriate protective actions to take. The steps we take are broken down below:
- Provide a security and safety workshop to faith institution managements / volunteers across the 7 pilot countries of the SOAR project and working with our partners and stakeholders in different regions.,
- Organise security and safety audit / inspection visits to each faith institution where will be running a workshop in.
- Producing detailed feedback reports on potential security risks areas of improvement to consider (support included to implement these improvement measures).
- Sign posting to local and national contacts that support and improved security measure and spread counter narratives to hate on our networks.
Identifying the institutions’ assets is also a critical part in this overall assessment. People assets include more than just the employees. They also include visitors, the surrounding community and others associated with the institution. Property assets range from building, utilities, equipment and systems. Informational assets are computer systems, processes and confidential Mosque and employee information.
Duration & Delivery
2-4 hours to provide an in depth risk assessment of the institution
Leadership and decision makers of all faith institutions & places of worship.
- Highlighting areas of concern that will prevent incidents and criminal activity.
- Identify strategies to reduce security risk to people, assets and information.
- Identify to all stakeholders what needs to be protected, why and from whom.
- Identify emergency scenarios and calibrate emergency response
- Checklist to follow and tick off recommendations from the Risk assessor