School safety experts can work with school districts to analyze big data that can uncover ways to prevent and mitigate school shootings.

Using Big Data to Prevent and Mitigate School Shootings

School Security and Safety

In the United States, school shootings resulting in injury or death are now a weekly occurrence. In 37% of these attacks someone dies. Just in the last five years, we’ve seen a total of 160 school shootings resulting in 59 deaths and 124 non-fatal injuries. By contrast, fires are 76 times more common than shootings in American schools, but only about 2% of …


bulletproof school entryway featuring doors and windows that fit into modern building design.

Bulletproof School Entryways Prevent Shootings And Other Threats

School Security and Safety

Even though he has worked with schools for decades, helping them enhance their security and reduce threats, and consulting on bulletproof school entryways, Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards is still sobered by the latest numbers: School shootings resulting in injury or death are now happening weekly in the United States. “Everyone wants to believe ‘This stuff is not going to …


school metal detectors are being evaluated in many districts as part of a larger access control and school security program.

Do Metal Detectors Make Sense for Your School District?

School Security and Safety

The tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary five years ago marked a significant turning point for school safety. It prompted a surge in building modifications across the nation as school officials worked hard to revamp their safety programs and control access to their facilities. The Sandy Hook incident sparked a tremendous increase in the use of buzzer systems, where visitors can …


Bulletproof safe rooms in schools are just one way to guard against severe weather

Bulletproof Security Keeps Students Safe from Mother Nature

Bullet Proof Kevlar, School Security and Safety

For Atoka Elementary, located in Oklahoma, student safety is paramount. Because of its location, the school regularly faces the threat of severe weather. The school board purchased six bulletproof safe rooms, placing them in areas throughout the school. Installing these rooms is just one way the school is taking proactive precautions on possible threats from an active shooter or from mother nature. The Atoka …


Bulletproof doors and windows at entrance of San Antonio school building

Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Comprehensive School Security Systems

School Security and Safety

As school administrators and school security professionals begin to consider security upgrades, budgeting and planning tend to be front of mind.  “But there are some pitfalls to keep in mind,” Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards notes, “background assumptions or biases that sometimes get administrators off course, and lead to some bad decisions.” Too Much of a Barrier First and foremost, administrators …


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Rising Security Concerns for Jewish Community Center Schools and Daycares

School Security and Safety

According to data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime statistics, over the last five years the U.S. has averaged around 120 anti-Semitic “intimidation” crimes per year. Although it’s difficult to determine what portion of those are bomb threats (the FBI’s publicly available statistics are limited), it appears that there are usually fewer than two dozen JCC-targeted bomb threats in a given year. By contrast, on January 9 and 18 of this year American JCC’s experienced dozens of bomb threats—those two days alone accounted for roughly twice as many JCC-targeted bomb threats as all of 2015.


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5 Questions Parents Should Ask About School Security

School Security and Safety

Public and private schools in the U.S. take the threat of school violence very seriously hiring school resource officers to keep both students and staff safe in school, installing bullet resistant barriers in schools, and training both students and staff members on procedures to follow should an active shooter situation arise in, around or near their school.


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Architecture Facilitates Learning

Architect Info, School Security and Safety

The notion of collaborative learning is becoming increasingly popular in primary and secondary education. Schools are moving away from teacher-centric learning highlighted by long lectures and moving toward more active learning, where students work in small groups to learn hands-on and serve both as the student and teacher.


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School Security and Access Control for Architects

Industry News, School Security and Safety

Schools often come in initially asking about very extensive Level 5 to 8 systems (which explicitly address the threat of high-powered ammunition and assault weapons). A level 5 to 8 system would likely include blast-rated and bullet resistant exterior windows capable of stopping very powerful ammunition and blasts, bullet proof doors throughout the facility, and so on.
Such high-level systems are prohibitively expensive, and also entirely unnecessary