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Our recent national tragedy, the death of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, has ignited a new discussion on the safety of our children in American Schools. At Total Security Solutions we have had numerous inquiries with requests for security features available for schools across our country. In this blog post we will attempt to answer many of the questions we have received in the past week.
In order to secure schools, we must think of how best to protect the lives of the students and staff within the facility. While these horrible occurrences are rare, providing security systems for a safe and secure environment for both students and staff – the most precious of all assets – is extremely important.
Assessing a School’s Security Needs
No two schools have exactly the same security issues or concerns; each one is unique and must be treated accordingly. Every campus has a different set of risks, which must be taken into account when evaluating security needs. The following information is generic and would be tailored to each school’s unique situation.
Before purchasing a security solution for your school you must consider the following questions:
- What are the main security issues within your school?
- What is the risk level of each problem?
- What would be the consequences if this problem occurred?
- What would it take to repair damage, is there any danger to personal safety?
Going through this process will allow you to identify real threats and determine what can be purchased at what time. Security systems are an investment and with restricted budgets in many school districts, determining your security risks will allow you to plan for improvements now and in the future.
Protecting Against Loss of Life
In terms of personal assault on students or staff, the best protection is reinforcement at the major entrances to the school. If the school egresses are bulletproof or bullet resistant, locked and electronically controlled, you are more likely to keep the facility secure. When criminals approach what is viewed as a secure facility they are less likely to try to enter the building.
If visitors are allowed to enter the school, restricting them to a secure bulletproof or bullet resistant area is key. A small vestibule or front office with bulletproof glass, countertop, and a secure pass-through system for identification purposes is recommended for the protection of staff.
Your Partner in School Security
Total Security Solutions produces the most comprehensive line of bulletproof barriers and products available. If you have questions or need assistance please contact TSS: 800-513-1468.