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Divestment Procedures for Secondary Screening at Metal Detectors: An Observational Example

The following describes one possible approach to secondary screening at metal detectors, observed in some settings. It’s important to note that this is not a prescriptive guide, and you should establish your own security protocols tailored to your specific needs and risk assessment. You are ultimately responsible for the safety and security of your premises.

When a person triggers a metal detector, they should be directed to a designated area to empty pockets and place belongings (like backpacks) on a provided surface. Crucially, they should then be sent back through the metal detector before resorting to a wand. Wanding is a more intrusive measure that can lead to discomfort, negative interactions, and even potential legal issues. Re-scanning allows for a less invasive resolution and helps visitors feel more at ease. If the alarm sounds again, ask if they’ve removed all metal objects. If they find something and remove it, re-scan them without wanding. Should the alarm trigger a third time, a wand can be used to locate the item. Exercise discretion, as certain items like underwire bras can cause false alarms. Once the person is cleared, their bag can be checked. Some institutions use a ruler or clear plastic stick to examine bag contents without direct contact. If the bag triggers the alarm, it should be re-scanned after removing any suspect items. If the bag itself is the issue, this can be determined by emptying it completely. Depending on specific security protocols, visual inspection with a stick may suffice, bypassing re-scanning of the bag.

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