With the rise in school violence, school security is at the forefront of our minds. Indeed, the safety of our students is a top priority, but the question becomes—how do we implement the right security tools without sacrificing the learning environment?
Fortunately, with today’s advanced but unobtrusive security technologies it is possible to significantly increase school safety while still maintaining a positive learning environment. Here are a few important tips.
Get a Security Evaluation
Before you begin to implement any safety technologies, it is best to have your facility professionally evaluated. Law enforcement or school security specialists can advise you about your true risks and security technology professionals can recommend the most effective and affordable technologies and systems to address those needs. Without the right knowledge, it is very easy to overspend and under secure the facility.
Use Video Surveillance
Video surveillance is a powerful tool in school security and in decreasing crimes like vandalism, bullying, assault, theft, and more. Cover the entire campus, including the perimeter, entrances, parking lots, hallways, and athletic fields.
Implement Access Control
Control access to the students and other security-sensitive areas by using access control technologies. This will help keep intruders out and students safe.
Install Intrusion Detection
Intrusion detection can immediately alert you to a threat that has gained access using the means of force, stealth, or deceit. The earliest possible detection provides valuable time to respond to the threat.
Use Emergency Communication and Mass Notification
Should there be a threat, having the ability to inform faculty and students can save lives. Emergency communication and mass notification make it possible to communicate the threat, its nature, location, and provide directions for a response.
Integrate Your Security System
Make the best technologies work even better by ensuring that they can work together. Integrated school security systems provide more benefit with increased control and automated responses to threats.
For more information about improving school security, give SSP a call today. 1-888-540-0175