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Safety First at Temple Aliyah

Posted on February 28, 2018

As many of you know, we have a graffiti incident on our campus in December. The security of our students, congregants and staff are priority one at Temple Aliyah. As of the writing of this article, there has been no new information reported regarding the incident. . As previously reported, there was a similar incident (spray painting) in an alleyway in West Hills the same week.

Many of you have asked about the security measures that we do have in place and I wanted to list them for you here:

  1. During our security enhancements in 2016, twelve (12) security cameras were installed on campus.
  2. Every classroom has a “panic button” installed which sends a silent alarm to LAPD.
  3. Our Security Supervisor, Rick Hyman, continues to be armed. When Rick is on vacation, an armed, off-duty LAPD officer is subbed in for that time.
  4. During winter break, we installed motion sensor lights on the driveway security station. Additionally, the station’s internal light will be left on overnight.
  5. Prior to the upper driveway gate being installed, we put up a chain each night at the bottom of the entrance driveway. Since the incident, we have resumed putting up that chain each night blocking automobile traffic from entering our lot after hours.
  6. We have installed “24-hour video surveillance signs” throughout the campus.
  7. Immediately following an incident, or as soon as physically possible, the Temple will send out a “One Call Now” phone and text message to parents should an incident occur on campus in the future. This alert to parents will be followed up later in the day with an email to the congregation. To check if you are on our “Once Call Now” alert list – please contact Tia Roberts at the office front desk (troberts@templealiyah.org). 

During the month of January, “lockdown drills” were held on campus. These were unannounced drills so that our clergy, department heads, office staff, teachers, maintenance and security personnel reacted in real time. In the past, we have been able to lockdown our campus in 4 minutes. As of press time, I do not have the lockdown time for the January drills.

I want to thank David Brook, our Executive Director, for his efforts to make sure Temple Aliyah is secure and safe. David regularly attends conferences on synagogue security and is always in touch with the LAPD to make sure we are updated on any activity that may be a security concern. I am confident that with our LAPD partnership combined with David’s security knowledge, we are taking every precaution necessary to ensure a safe campus. Please feel free to reach out to David or me if you have any questions.

 

B’Shalom

Julie

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