The rapid advancement of technology in all aspects of society has changed our lives in radical ways that people even ten or fifteen years ago couldn’t imagine or foresee. With continual threats of violence and other emergencies on school campuses, focusing on improving campus security should be a priority of schools across the country, no matter if they are at the elementary level or the university level.
Adding Door Locks
Every door, both exterior and interior, should be equipped with locks. Even the basic deadbolt locks can be upgraded into smart locks if necessary. However, sometimes locks and keys are more effective than electronic means – you must consider what will happen whenever the power goes out, for instance. All of the door locks must meet relevant fire codes and remain compliant with ADA regulations. This way, school officials and teachers can quickly begin lockdown procedures whenever they become necessary.
Improving Access Control
The next part of improving campus security involves access control systems. First of all, you must evaluate their effectiveness. These measures are essential parts of ensuring a successful lockdown, whether it is only a drill or a real situation. Plus, these systems can be used to improve overall security by removing the credentials of students who no attend the school and revoking privileges afforded to former staff and faculty who are no longer employed as well.
Enhancing Methods of Communication
When it comes to improving campus security, taking advantage of new technology is crucial. Even existing methods of communication can be improved upon, and made more effective, even within the same school year. Two-way radios are one of the most effective pieces of technology you can use, especially if the intercoms and PA systems are down due to lack of power.
Upgrading Emergency Alarms
Finally, upgrading the alarms around the campus is another decision you need to make. How do they work right now? Fire alarms, smoke alarms, and intruder alarms are all different types of emergency alarms that need to be installed properly and then well-maintained throughout their years of service. Mass notification is also a key component of making sure these alarms are as effective as possible. Plus, the intruder alarms can watch over the campus when it’s unoccupied and it’s more likely that crime or other mischief will happen.
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