Minimizing Threats

Lesson 3: Topic 5 of 9

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Security experts have identified some things which increase the potential of violence toward employees. These include: 

  • Working alone or in very isolated areas
  • Working in areas known to have high crime rates.
  • Working where alcohol is served
  • Working at certain times of day (such as a third shift, late night overtime, or very early morning hours)

A well-crafted Violence Protection Program must take these factors into consideration so as to reduce risk. 

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You may have flexibility with some of these factors more than others. To illustrate: a decade or so ago, this author had a friend who was a nurse at a hospital in Missouri. At that time there was a rash of late-night assaults on employees ― all of whom were women ― walking between the buildings and the hospital’s parking garage. The area was well-lit. Cameras and emergency call boxes were already in place. Clearly, these provided no deterrent to assailants. As a hospital, they couldn’t eliminate the third shift, and couldn’t move to a safer location, so what else could be done? The problem was resolved only by the old-fashioned method of safety escorts. The hospital hired several intimidating-looking men whom staff could call or text to walk with them when crossing the campus so they wouldn’t be alone in the dark. After this, the assaults quickly stopped.