Security Objective Components

Brief introduction

In today’s rampant pervasiveness of crimes, the community is unsafe place to live by. On the other hand, crime offenders went berserk without choice of victims, places and occasions. The act of committing crime can be a psychosocial phenomenon or literally insanity from various psychological causes of the criminal minds. In the United States, the increasing incidents of suicides create an alarming condition, specifically when the suicidal person is in a murderous frenzy and aimlessly assault anyone on sight. Statistics indicates that most common victims of various community crimes belongs from the family household, wherein majority are women, children and the elderly (Baum & Klaus, 2005).

With the turbulent escalation of crimes, statutory laws are being improved and enacted deterrent to criminality. However, the prosecution of criminals does not mean that the population is secured to life and property. For this reason, various experts on security management conceptualizes essential framework on what methods can be potentially, efficiently and effectively useful in securing the home, workplace, social establishments and the community. In this paper, the conceptual framework on security measures will be discussed, relating the determination of security objective components.


What are security objective components?

In ‘A Prevention System Overview: Defining the Overall Security Objective’ from Chapter 4 of the book “Identifying and Exploring Security Essentials”, Mary Clifford (2004) has defined security objective components and wrote the following definitions:

“A security objective is the action that focuses on being stable and predictable to a targeted condition where a necessary protection scheme can be designed pertaining to physical security, personnel security, information security, liability issues, and interdepartmental dependencies” (105).

Similarly in layman’s term, security objective components are the “safety measures” that can be formulated according to the predicted results of condition; the methodical procedures of planning ahead. However, the application of security objective components varies in certain situations, circumstances and environment or scenario (Clifford, 2004).

Relevance of security objective components

As implied by Clifford (2004), “target predictability” is one of the varying factors where security objective components varies its pertinence or relevance to a situation. Like for instance, the spate of indiscriminate shooting, bombing and arson incidents in separate events were documented to have happened in Churches. With this happening, all of the security objective components could have been implemented.

For example, physical security may refer to the installation of an electronic detector for possible firearm and ammunition carrier, employment of personnel security for spot checking of potentially lethal weapon, and liability issues and interdepartmental dependencies that can be undertaken by providing police visibility or regular patrolling in the area to assess vulnerability and threats.

On the contrary, information security can be viewed less pertinent or relevant to the security objective components of the Churches since what they may significantly need is to prevent the parishioners in carrying firearms or bombs and vice-versa to detect those in possession, but information security can be pertinent with regard to the case of arson where immediate communication lines must be provided for fire emergency assistance and rescue.

Specific component

In relation to the above discussions, physical security and personnel security can be specifically preferred as the immediate security components of the Churches. Based on the article, it is noteworthy to mention that the Churches are vulnerable to religious extremists. To cite, religious violence is perpetuated by those who are disappointed with church leaders, racial discrimination, and sectarian competition are causes of anger, aside from the self-inflicted anxiety of an individual who amuck and commits suicide (Clifford, 2004).

Therefore, countermeasures in securing the Church against gun violence, bomb threats and arson must be predicted according to the assumed potential threat and vulnerability. Likewise, the Church people could have assessed the related incidents to enable safety procedures, like the preference for physical and personnel security.

Relating security objective components in related circumstances

Hypothetically if the above discussed incidents happen in a mall, the incidents can be viewed by many mall owners and government enforcers as a heightened threat to public safety. In this hypothesis, all of the security objective components can be implemented due predictive situation. The components of physical security, personnel security, information security, liability issues, and interdepartmental dependencies can be employed by mall owners and government enforcers at all levels of public transactions.

Moreover, legal sanctions can be enforced in response to liability issues, like criminal prosecution or even penalizing public establishments that breaches the public security and safety. Statutory laws may acknowledge the implementation of security objective components in furtherance of public safety and law enforcement.

Findings and conclusion

It is found that security objective components can be a significant concept or design in security management and precautionary measures responding to public vulnerability and threats of crimes. Although empirically recommended, the importance of “predictive thinking” in crime prevention is central in the overall conceptual framework of security management. In conclusion, security objective components can be efficiently and effectively implemented through the popular collaborative efforts of people in the community.


Baum, K. and Klaus, P. (2005). ‘National Crime Victimization Survey’. US Department of

               Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Special Report 1.

               Retrieved 21 April 2009 from

Clifford, M. (2004). ‘A Prevention System Overview: Defining the Overall Security

            Objective’.  Identifying and Exploring Security Essentials, Prentice-Hall, ISBN:

            0131126202.  Retrieved 21 April 2009.