Keeping Children Safe in Public and Private K-12 Schools
As a school administrator, your top priority is educating children while maintaining a safe environment for children, teachers, administrators, faculty and other staff members in all of your buildings. While keeping children safe in the past was as simple as having locked exterior doors and an intercom entry system, this is no longer the case. School administrators are faced with the challenge of needing to protect schools from predators that may attempt to forcibly enter the building and from those who already have access to the building. With the increase of school shooting occurrences, school administrators are now tasked with keeping children and faculty safe from both the inside and out.
What this means is the security many school buildings have in place now, whether public or private, are likely not enough to create a safe environment. If you are a school administrator for a public or private K-12 school on Long Island, New York City or New Jersey, then you need to seriously evaluate the security measures you have in place and determine whether your school security system is outdated.
School safety is a growing concern for school administrators for good reason. In fact, recent studies have found that children who are bullied in school are twice as likely to bring a weapon to school. The study also stated that 1 in 5 children reported being bullied, which means that the number of children who may potentially bring a weapon to school is staggeringly high. Another study by the CDC found that nationwide 5.4% of students reported bringing a weapon (gun, knife or club) to school at least one day during the school year. Additionally, according to the Department of Homeland Security, the average length of time for an Active Shooter incident in a school is 12.5 minutes which means that every second counts.
What this means for school administrators is that it is imperative to have the proper Video Surveillance and Access Control solution as a crucial part of your overall school safety plan. A well-designed IP Surveillance System can allow first responders to monitor the threat in real-time, giving them the information necessary to quickly take action. Furthermore, being able to record instances of bullying not only allows you to take action against the specific incident but can help you identify children that may be at risk for violent behavior and to prevent similar occurrences from happening in the future.
Here are the recommended public and private K-12 school security solutions:
- Video Surveillance Camera Systems – This type of security system enables complete monitoring, wide coverage, and the ability to record all surveillance elements in various school buildings and locations simultaneously. They help verify who is inside your building and alert administrators of any suspicious behavior. Installing high-resolution security cameras also enables administrators to continuously monitor students and staff in hallways and on school grounds.
- Access Control Systems – An IP-based access control system is ideal for preventing unauthorized individuals from entering school buildings. If installed together with security cameras, this also makes it efficient to capture and record all access events. It is also important to consider having an electronic Access Control System installed which can prevent unauthorized entry by persons looking to engage in illegal activities on school property.
- Biometric Locks – Biometric locks can be installed and set to be time sensitive to coordinate with school entry and exits for the beginning and end of the school day and to keep students out of restricted areas within the school building.
Not only do security cameras maintain safety around the campus, but they discourage student misbehavior. When students know there are cameras around, they are much more likely to behave well in school. Studies have also shown that cameras help significantly reduce threats of violence and vandalism.
At Total Security, we understand the security issues facing our schools today. Whether it be the growing threat of violence against students, teachers, and staff; to students misbehaving or not acting according to school policy; or to the theft and/or destruction of school property – our Security Consultants can help you develop a comprehensive Surveillance and Safety solution that meets your needs.
How Total Security Will Help Your School Improve Security Systems
Solutions from Total Security Integrated Systems can help manage any security and safety challenges for both public and private K-12 schools in NYC, Long Island and New Jersey. Total Security is a full-service security camera system installer with over ten years of experience in installing school security cameras security cameras and access control systems. We pride ourselves on professional installations and maintenance service of security cameras, video surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and access control systems for commercial and residential buildings.
Call our support staff at (516) 775-2304 (New York location) or (201) 594-7233 (New Jersey location). You may also visit us at 206 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY 11552.