Places of worship in Minnesota renew security efforts

April 29, 2019 07:03 AM

With an increase in attacks on places of worship across the United States, Minnesota churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions are taking a closer look at security measures.

Michael Rozin is a former agent with Shin-Bet, Israel's equivalent of the FBI.  Rozin is co-founder of Rozin Security in Minneapolis, and religious places of worship are some of his clients.


Rozin told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS there has been a spike in attacks perpetrated on worship sites, and the reality of security concerns means a more sophisticated approach toward keeping houses of worship safe.

"They do not have to be expensive and involved," Rozin said. "All you need is a friendly, smiling, sharp, very well-trained security professional who can recognize indicators of malicious intent in someone and then be able to act on those indicators in real-time."

Rozin said the key to preventing any act of terror, including those in places of worship, is to identify possible attackers before they can carry out their human destruction.

"It comes down to being prepared and planning ahead so you know how to stop something," Rozin said. "We can have openness and still have security and identifying attackers, who often visit sites before they attack, is still the most important thing that can be done to stop them."

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Rozin said there is one synagogue in the Twin Cities, which he declined to name, that must use around-the-clock security, seven days a week using "visible and invisible" agents and means of security because the threats against the synagogue are considered credible.

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