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School Safety Through Security Technology

School safety is a pressing topic these days, with the number of school shootings and various violent acts seemingly on the rise. Staying up to date with safety measures can be crucial in facilitating the wellbeing of children and school-goers. Luckily, modern security technologies can leave you with all the appropriate tools to maximize school safety for students and staff.

A school should be considered a safe haven for students, associated with growth, support and learning. Feelings of being unsafe or threatened in school can lead to fear, anxiety or skipping school. This can dramatically and negatively impact the learning capacity of an individual and therefore leading to learning blocks for our youth.

First, let’s look at some numbers.

School Safety Statistics

Below are just a few statistics taken from the CDC on school safety and violence.

  • According to a combined study by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the US Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, “about 6% of students had not gone to school at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey because they felt they would be unsafe at school or on their way to or from school”
  • In a national survey from 2015, 1% reported carrying a weapon (gun, knife or club) on school property on one or more days in the 30 days preceding the survey.
  • 0% reported being threatened or injured with a weapon (gun, knife or club) on school property one or more times in the 12 months preceding the survey.

(Read more on these statistics here )

Nobody deserves to be a part of these statistics. Read on to see what else you can do to help protect your children.

What Can Be Done? Thinking Outside the Box

Some of the most common types of technologies seen in schools are metal detectors, vandal resistant security cameras, and camera systems.

Based on a publication produced by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, “from 1999–2000 to 2013–14, the percentage of public schools reporting the use of security cameras for campus surveillance increased from 19%  to 75%.

Needless to say, surveillance systems can provide instant invader detection for intruders and can provide real-time updates in times of crisis to prevent further destruction.

The use of security cameras can also deter offenders from carrying out their plans in fear of getting caught. This stops the violence before it even happens.

Furthermore, the percentage of public schools reporting that they controlled access to school buildings increased from 75% to 93% during this time”  (Read the full publication here). Many institutions have implemented that all visitors must sign in prior to entering schools. This policy can be taken one step further through the use of a High Definition Video Doorbells . These device provide strengthened security by monitoring more closely the visitors and delivery personnel in and out of the buildings.

In the event an intruder has bypassed all above mentioned security tactics, the Panic Button allows for immediate initiation of the emergency response system in the event of a crisis.

Incorporating any of these technologies into an institutions security systems or incident response plans can provide additional layers of protection on school grounds for a greater peace of mind. This allows for a more harmonious environment where students can actually feel safe again while they learn. Staff can feel confident that they are protected and can return their focus to the task at hand – providing a safe and supportive learning environment for our youth.

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Additional resources

https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/safety/u-s-school-shooting-statistics-us/

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-datasheet.pdf

https://www.sentrywv.com/single-post/2017/09/19/3-Ways-Security-Cameras-Make-Your-School-Safer

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