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Security increases at Southwest Florida places of worship

Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 06:51:30-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As communities mourn those lost in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, religious leaders are rethinking security.

Jim Mundo, owner of Passkey Solutions, is a former Secret Service agent who developed security plans for high profile political events. Now he uses his skills to secure places of worship, like churches and synagogues. "We provide security accessments and training for churches. A lot of the training involves training the churches' volunteer security team," he said.

One of the first things Mundo teaches is to limit access. Meaning places of worship can have as many exits as needed, but only a few well-monitored entrances. "A lot of churches have the mind set of 'the more security you have, the less welcoming you are as a church,' and that's just not the case. We can show you how to develop a security team that's virtually invisible," said Mundo.

When it comes to active shooting situations, Mundo instructs people to run. "If you can get out, get out. If you can't get out, have some kind of cover. Something to hide behind. Better than that is concealment, which is something that maybe could stop a bullet if some one is shooting, for instance a brick wall," he said.

Mundo says he does this because people deserve to worship in peace. "For someone to come in and ruin that and ruin lives, it's just unconscionable. And there's no reason we should allow it," he said.

To learn more about Passkey Solutions, visit their website here.