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The Security Vulnerability Assessment

Wednesday, March 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Long Term Living magazine recently ran this article by Steve Wilder, founder and CEO of Sorensen, Wilder & Associates (SWA). Wilder and SWA are partners of AmSpa. To find out more about SWA, log on to www.americanmedspa.org. 

A resident is sexually assaulted in her room. Meetings are held. Fingers are pointed first at the nursing staff, then at security, then at the administration. The safety committee calls a special session. By now, numerous “security experts” are employed by the facility, all well-intentioned, making scores of comments and recommendations without merit, including: “Where was security?” “Why weren’t the police notified?” “If only we had an access control system.” “We need to install closed-circuit television cameras.” “Employees need to be trained to detect and prevent violence.”

The incidents may vary, but it’s the same old story at many facilities: Everyone becomes a “security expert” immediately following an incident. Recommendations are plentiful, blame is abundant and a “quick-fix” is needed to make it seem like something is being done to prevent future incidents. That’s all well and good for the media and the onslaught of concerned citizens demanding action. Quick fixes, however, only temporarily mask the problem. The real solution is to be proactive in your approach to security. Identify your weaknesses early through a comprehensive security vulnerability assessment (SVA), and put together a “plan for improvement.”

Read more at Long Term Living.


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