Schools can and should improve security measures. No parent wants to find out their kid suffered from a gunshot wound at school. Sadly, we live in an era where gun violence is all too common in schools. But we also have technology and manpower to ramp up security, so all hope is not lost.
Proactive Data Collection
For instance, technology today can collect data that can then be used by law enforcement to better understand situations and incidents going on in schools. Perhaps a kid posts a bomb threat on Facebook or Twitter… things like that can be traced. Ideally, someone’s watching out for stuff like this and can alert authorities before any bad things happen.
Smart Measures to Take
Meanwhile, schools can enhance security measures in a number of ways. For instance, they can reduce the number of ports of entry for the building. Have only one way in and out open during the school day, rather than multiple doors. Also, train staff to require identification/passes for all school visitors, including parents. Hold training classes for staff, administrators, and teachers on topics like threat assessment, crime prevention and emergency planning best practices. Do more drills to practice for the “what ifs.”
Trust in Security Professionals
Anything that can be done to improve communication between students, teachers, parents and administrators is a good thing. From social media to websites, phone trees to flyers, there are many ways to share news these days. Dialogue is good. That way a school reduces the amount of “surprises” they have to deal with… Rather than be ignorant of things going on, all people connected with a school should be informed. Finally, schools should consider hiring security guards who can help make people feel safer. C.O.P. Security of Rochester, NY, provides guards for schools in Western and Central New York. Please call 585-750-5608 for more information or use the contact page here.