ABILITY. This is the second step in the commission of a crime. After a person experiences the desire to commit a crime, he must then decide if he has the ability to carry out his intention. A blind person rarely – if ever – robs a bank. He may have the desire to do, but he lacks the ability. Ability, like desire, is also an element over which the crime victim has no control.
OPPORTUNITY. When a person has the desire to commit a crime, and also possesses the ability to act it out, he then seeks the opportunity to fulfill his desire. And this is where you have almost complete control. You can remove his opportunity.
Watch the video to the right. It is a woman being robbed in a parking lot. She had no control over the desire of her attackers: she had no control over their ability. However, she did have control over the opportunity that she provided them. Perhaps she should have had someone walk her out to her car, thus removing (more than likely) the opportunity afforded the culprits.
When it comes to safety matters at your church, you must remember that you cannot control the desires and abilities of criminal. If a pedophile intends to strike one of your youth, there is nothing you can do concerning his deviant desires. But, you can exert your best effort to remove any opportunity that he might discover. And that certainly includes implementing the best protection plan you can find for children.
A 17-year old man was charged with sexual assault of a girl at a church in Waxahachie, Texas in 2010. The assault reportedly happened in the bathroom. I would want to know if, when the girl went to the restroom, was an adult in the hallway in view of the restroom? You see, no one expects such crimes to occur in a church bathroom - but that is the day in which we live. "It's sad anywhere," Lt. Jason Moreland said, "but especially at the church." Again, that is the day in which we live. And such crimes will continue to happen.
Another word about the children. You must - MUST - station a member of your safety team in the area where your children meet. Need I say more?
So, your church safety team must "think" like a criminal and look for every place your people (and church) are vulnerable - and then remove the opportunity.