3 Ways To Increase The Security In Your School System
October 4th, 2019
It might be surprising to learn that crime is an ongoing issue in many schools today. Though it’s the shooting episodes that make the national news, there’s more going on behind the scenes. American schools have seen an increase in both petty and violent crimes such as>
- Drug abuse
It is estimated that there is one crime committed for every 20 students in the nation. This is a dangerous ratio reflecting the poor state of school security in America. Fortunately, there have been many procedural changes that schools have gone through in recent years to reduce internal and external threats. In order to provide peace of mind for students, faculty, and communities at large, here are three areas to consider for increased protection in your school system.
1 - Manage Your Visitors
This can be the first line of defense when it comes to averting a criminal event in your school. Many schools around the U.S. have some type of visitor management system in place. According to a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics, 90 percent of students ages 12 to 18 said their school uses some type of visitor management for security purposes.
Visitor management requires guests to log in in order to enter the school. Visitors must show proper identification and sign a log noting the time they were present in the building. This can keep visitors out of restricted areas and limit their access around the school.
2 - Implement Emergency Alert Notifications
Good communication is the key to managing crises effectively. In the event of an emergency, many schools rely on an emergency alert notification system (EANS) to improve communication between teachers, security, and other staff members. EANS can alert administration and security personnel that there is a possible threat through phone, text, or email. Messages are customizable and can be activated online, or automatically through the phone system. When the EANS is linked with a school security system, everyone stays on the same page through adversity.
3 - Increase Use Of Mass Notifications
The average student size in public schools around the country is 503. This can make it difficult to send notifications around the school to students and staff, as well as outside the school to parents, in the event of an emergency. Many schools use a mass notification system to alert everyone at the same time. It can be used to alert parents and educators of a threat, and it can be used as a notification of severe weather.
Protect What Matters
At Circuit Pro, we don’t take security lightly; especially when it comes to protecting children and staff in the local school systems. Our experienced team has access to the latest and greatest security systems available. The right security steps combined with the right security systems can make a big difference when it comes to diverting a potential tragedy. Want to learn more? Contact us today.