Physical Security Assessment

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS),"Historically, site weaknesses have made it easier for incidents to occur and harder for personnel to intervene quickly".

For example, at some incident sites:

  • Offenders had easy access into the facility

  • Occupants had inadequate escape paths

  • Staff or volunteers were unable to spot threats in time

  • Staff were not trained and empowered to take independent life-saving actions under the extreme stress of an actual incident

  • Communication was inadequate


Ready Protective Services provides assessments for:

  • Homes

  • Schools

  • Religious Institutions

  • Businesses

Do any of these images look familiar?  A security assessment often identifies site vulnerabilities. The assessment process provides an opportunity to work with community partners to identify, correct, and prevent problems. It also fosters communication with those that would be involved in a crisis situation. 


Every location and organization are unique so there is no "one size fits all" answer.  However, most of our security assessments include:

  • Reviewing past incidents, threat assessments, and existing policy and procedures.

  • Considering how risk factors in your own organization and in the surrounding community impact your security.

  • Walking through the facility to identify physical vulnerabilities.

  • Interviewing key personnel to assess effectiveness of procedures.

  • Identifying existing resources and capabilities that can be used to address a vulnerability.

  • Reporting the findings, including positive observations, vulnerabilities, and recommended corrective actions.

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