Safety and Security Survey
The security landscape for minorities in the United States has been on a gradual decline for the past several years. A slew of surveys and polls have indicated that attacks on religious centers in the United States have gone up. Recently, the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in our own community has left many of us shocked, hurt and worried for our own safety and security. It has also led us to a realization that it is imperative to maintain a certain level of security in our center.
In the past couple of months, the Executive Council has constituted a security committee with the goal of assessing the safety and security needs of our center. The committee is looking at a wide range of measures to address those needs, including installation of high resolution surveillance equipment, controlling access through the main doors, bolstering windows and other potential entrance points, presence of armed security during various activities and events, and other infrastructure upgrades. We are consulting with the Monroeville police and other security companies and agencies, to help us make informed decisions in this regard.
As an example, based on random polling of a few community members, we hired a security company on a trial basis for a month. The main goal was to learn from the experience and evaluate feasibility.
We believe it is extremely important to have your input in this matter. Therefore, we are floating this survey in the hope that we will hear from you. Please take time to answer the following questions and provide comments as and when necessary. Your feedback will shape our response and measures and will help us serve you better.
When you answer the questions, please think about your experience at the center. Think about various times and events like Jumu’a, Family Nights, Sunday School, Ramadan, Eids, when you or your loved ones are at the center.