Library Safety and Security


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Presentation that was presented at a Leavenworth Public Library staff meeting that relates to safety in the library from the point of view of library personnel.

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Library Safety and Security

  1. 1. Library Safety and Security<br />Presented by <br />Kim Baker <br />and<br />Diana Poliquin<br />
  2. 2. The number one deterrent is AWARENESS!<br />
  3. 3. Staff Security<br />
  4. 4. Never count money in front of patrons.<br />Always try to have someone at the desk.<br />Keep track of Key #1.<br />Don’t make bank deposits at the same time using the same routine.<br />Keep purses and personal items locked up and out of sight.<br />
  5. 5. Double-check all rooms before closing.<br />Don’t let anyone in prior to opening unless you are expecting him/her.<br />Leave the building together and make sure all cars start.<br />Follow your intuition.<br />
  6. 6. Remember, the less staff you have and the busier it is, the more your awareness needs to go up.<br />
  7. 7. Patron Incidents<br />
  8. 8. The library is not a place for people to come in and do anything they want. <br />It should look and feel like a public library. <br />If not, you will drive away the patrons who are using it correctly.<br />
  9. 9. No two security situations are alike.<br />It takes practice.<br />Ninety-percent of how you respond to a situation is mental.<br />Learn to respond to a situation, not react. <br />
  10. 10. General Rules<br />
  11. 11. Rules need to be clear, concise, and enforced consistently.<br />Enforcement is based upon behavior, never by appearance.<br />Control the environment by constant awareness.<br />Document all security incidents.<br />Review your procedures and train staff.<br />
  12. 12. Rule breakers have three options:<br />Stop<br />Choose to leave<br />Choose not to stop or leave<br />
  13. 13. Things to Never Say:<br />“He’s harmless.”<br />“He’s never been a problem before.”<br />“We’ve always done it this way.”<br />“Other libraries have always done it this way.”<br />
  14. 14. Approaching Patrons<br />
  15. 15. Approach with confidence and a belief that the patron will comply.<br />Start off nice and get more authoritative, but never the other way around.<br />Remind the patron about the rules to give him/her an out.<br />Approach with a sense of caution.<br />Don’t invade the patron’s personal space.<br />Do not touch anyone.<br />Call the police immediately for patrons under the influence of drugs or alcohol.<br />
  16. 16. Be deaf to insulting language.<br />Be ready to be accused of prejudice/bias. It’s not about you.<br />Make sure you know the difference between suspicion vs. guilt.<br />Never hesitate to call the police.<br />
  17. 17. Computer Violations<br />
  18. 18. For anyone looking at pornography or violating policies, put him/her out for at least a day. Warnings don’t work and are too hard to keep track of.<br />Ban permanently for repeated offenses because the patron won’t learn and will cause other kinds of problems.<br />Don’t let the patron look at whatever he/she wants to because you need to control the environment.<br />
  19. 19. Unattended Children<br />
  20. 20. <ul><li>If a child is in imminent danger of getting hurt, approach him/her in a way that shows nothing but sincere concern for his/her safety.</li></ul>Be “low key” and avoid touching the child.<br />Smile so the parent won’t think you are implying that he/she is a bad parent. If the parent becomes defensive, he/she will get angry, then you will have an unpleasant encounter.<br />
  21. 21. If you don’t know where the parent is, ask the child. If there is no response, get another staff member to come over so that you are not alone with the child and then try to locate the parent.<br />When you locate the parent, you could comment that you see energetic kids get away from their parents all the time because they’re excited to be in the library.<br />
  22. 22. Remember:Security is everyone’s business!<br />