Following the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, the general public, especially parents and school employees, has had a new-found interest in improving school security. But how?
School Safety Checklist
- Those who ignore History are doomed to repeat it: Before looking into any future security improvements, first look into past security failures. Interview past employees and inquire about any history of problems.
- Risks between Home and School: School safety starts as soon as the student leaves his/her home. What risks do they face before even getting to school? These problems can include: crime, bullies, pollutants, vehicle-pedestrian conflicts, unsavory businesses near the school, and more.
- Perimeter Security: Is there a clear definition or access-control fence around the school’s property? How does this enhance or hurt security?
- Natural Surveillance: Are visitors clearly visible as they approach the school? Is surveillance blocked by vegetation?Is outdoor lighting adequate?
- Physical Ability: If a menacing visitor approaches the school, who has the physical ability to stop them? Is there a security guard in place? Does this duty fall to the school staff?
- Access Control: Is there any way to restrict access to visitors? An intercom and camera can be used to verify a visitor’s identity before allowing access.
- Lockdown & Evacuation: What is your school’s lock-down and evacuation policy? Do you have one? You should. And you should practice!
- Hire a Security Professional: Hiring a professional security consultant is the BEST way to assess your security needs and plan for the future. ARK Systems has the skill to assess your perceived level of threat, and then show you precisely what you need to address it. For assessment, design, installation, testing and service, ARK Systems is the expert across the board.
ARK Systems: Your Source for School Security System Assessment, Design and Installation
From the smallest security project to the largest, ARK brings over 30 years of experience to the task, at government facilities, military bases, research centers, and, of course, educational institutions. ARK is an experienced security contractor, and experience makes all the difference in the world. Experience can make your security what it should be. And ARK has it.
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