Author: Julie Brown, Institutional Market Leader, Tyco
Published: Tue, Aug 29, 2017

We are already over half way through August, the school year has begun for some and is quickly approaching for others. Now is the time to buckle down and make sure your campus security is ready before classes begin and students fill the dorms and halls.

Preparation is the key to prevention; see some of our tips below to create a safe campus for the coming school year and to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

  1. Review emergency plans and procedures – Make any necessary changes or refreshers to reflect recent challenges and updates to the campus while reviewing last year’s plans. Train new hires on the steps to take in the event of an emergency and alert the community to the plan. Awareness that a security plan is in place can thwart an attack before it starts.

  2. Stick to a strict procedure for visitors – Control visitor access by requiring presentation of a photo ID at the school’s entry point. You can also mandate all visitors must wear a name badge while on campus.

  3. Optimize access control systems – Optimize your access control systems by using wireless card readers for interior doors. While main perimeter doors should remain hard-wired, today’s affordable wireless card readers make securing individual rooms simpler and easier to manage for students and staff. Appropriate security and operations personnel can disable or enable access quickly if a card is lost or if a certain room, like a computer lab, needs to support after-hours access. This cuts down on the expensive practice of having to re-key doors as well.

  4. Inspect all door locks – Seems basic, but replacing outdated locks on all doors is important. Classroom doors should be lockable from the inside as well as out while using mechanisms in accordance with local fire codes and mechanically function as specified. Door handles and push bars should be flush with the door to prevent them from being tied together in an attempt to hinder law enforcement or emergency exits.

  5. Update video surveillance cameras – Make sure all video surveillance cameras are in working condition and update to HD video technology when able. Higher quality cameras can provide greater visibility into areas with large amounts of foot traffic. 

  6. Consider remote management technology – Have greater visibility and control from anywhere via a web-enabled device. Whether across campus or after hours, mobile access allows users to increase productivity and enhance security protection.

While the beginning of the school year can be chaotic, spending some time thinking about the security needs of your school is well worth the extra time and resources. Following these tips is the first step towards making this year the safest yet.

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