10 Times Hospitals Screwed Up Security (And 5 Times They Nailed It)

A security consultant took these scary photos during actual security site assessments at various hospitals across the country.

10 Times Hospitals Screwed Up Security (And 5 Times They Nailed It)

Do you play a role in helping keep hospitals safe? Would you be able to walk through any given hospital and point out potential security risks?

Security is a major concern for all types of campuses, but hospitals and other healthcare facilities are faced with unique challenges when it comes to safety.

These facilities are tasked with finding ways to balance safety protocols with providing a comfortable and warm environment for patients and visitors — all while preparing for the potential of infant abduction, patient wandering or patient violence, among other things.

Additionally, the presence of potentially harmful drugs and expensive medical equipment place hospitals at a heightened risk of theft.

With the continually improving technologies hospitals are implementing to combat these unique potential threats, it is important to remember the basics and practice common sense.

In this third installment of “What’s Wrong with These Pictures?” we’ll take a look at hospital security mishaps documented by a security consultant, along with some hospital security successes.

Can you spot the security mistakes? If your hospital is guilty of these or similar infractions, perhaps you’d benefit from a security run-through.


All of the security mishap photos were provided to us by Bill Hapner, director of healthcare for G4S, an integrated security solutions provider. These pictures were taken by Hapner during actual security site assessments at various hospitals throughout the country. As you’ll see, common sense isn’t always as common as you’d hope…

Do you have any examples you’re willing to share? Send your photos to amy.rock@emeraldexpo.com. We’re more than happy to keep you anonymous or give you credit — just let us know!

And in case you missed our earlier segments, you can view them here and here.

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About the Author


Amy is Campus Safety’s Executive Editor. Prior to joining the editorial team in 2017, she worked in both events and digital marketing.

Amy has many close relatives and friends who are teachers, motivating her to learn and share as much as she can about campus security. She has a minor in education and has worked with children in several capacities, further deepening her passion for keeping students safe.

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One response to “10 Times Hospitals Screwed Up Security (And 5 Times They Nailed It)”

  1. Those photos were really scary in terms of security. If I find some photos in our archive that can be send, I will try to add some to your album.

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