In this event, we saw an attempt at a copycat attack to emulate events in the USA and New Zealand. It is incumbent upon us to learn from the cumulative experience of these events and to apply security measures where appropriate to places of worship and to any building which sees gatherings and is considered a possible target.
The Synagogue was not extensively fortified but had undergone a modest upgrade focused on specific threats. MIP Security is an advocate of cost effective and sensible investments in security designed to mitigate relevant threats.
The people in the synagogue were aware of possible threats and were constantly on the look out for suspicious activity. Passers by were alerted by the shooting and went to investigate, presumably innocent of the possibility that there could be a shooting attack occurring in their town, but nevertheless vigilant to something untoward happening. Security Awareness courses help increase vigilance and provide an awareness and understanding of how to react in such circumstances.
In this case, the response of the police was unacceptably long but the procedures in place in the synagogue and in the town helped prevent more injuries or loss of life. Well written and practices Standard Operating Procedures can help mitigate the outcome of attacks and red team exercises are invaluable at testing and fine tuning the procedures.
Lessons learned from these events should be applied to other places of worship worldwide and building security for sensitive locations in general. M.I.P. Security stands at the forefront of these efforts working with communities and authorities around the world to plan, develop and train to mitigate the outcome of events such as these.
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