Dangers in School - What Security Procedures are Really Essential?
In times of late we have noticed a huge escalation in "Fear Factor" marketing in the Education market. The tactics I have picked out clearly put attentiveness on safety and protection areas that a dependable security provider should be concerned with. These fears extend from small scale damage to property, through theft, and even kidnapping.
It would be quite tempting to go through these articles and jump irrationally into the implementation of a costly full-fledged militaristic school or kindergarten security system.
Like all similar emotiional issues it is far more productive to consider these in just the same manner as any standard hazard evaluation exercise you would perform. Taking each location of the school and planning protection of your pupils, staff and assets from the threat level.
Clearly, it is imperative, as with all threat assessments, to prioritise the people and property being considered. It should be obvious to all that at the pinnacle are the pupils and body of teachers.
Where does it become restrictive in cost and acceptability?
This is quite dependant on the character of the school buildings. A secluded location will ordinarily have less risk from mystery trespassers and opportunistic crimes than an address in a busier area.
A major base factor in creating a protected school or kindergarten which is often disregarded is developing a safety aware employee, child and visitor environment. . This does not need to require “selling terror”. It is much more about being professional and competent.
Who should be where when? What would we see if this was not the case and then what would we do. This may sound simplistic but a lot of the time a simple solution will be more effective and create the control required without becoming obtrusive or infringing privacy.
Planning and Sustainability
Identification and security products are evolving like all technology based solutions. Decisions on which technology to buy into must however include long term planning elements. If you plan to implement ID cards to improve security awareness and create a professional image it would be unwise to consider it in isolation. Now the multifunction smart card is well and truly established planning should incorporate for future addition in cashless vending, secure area access, pc log on, registration and transport. As these technologies emerge and become the norm integration will be a key factor in longevity of products used.
About the Author: Roger Wakefield is a staff writer at:
TheCardNetwork Company ID Cards, (http://www.thecardnetwork.co.uk), a manufacturer of Company and Education ID card systems.