For parents and educators, few things are more important than school security. New York K-12 schools looking to improve their security measures can begin by taking these steps.
Identify the Vulnerable Areas
First, risks and threats to a school’s security can be defined by taking into consideration the basics: the location of the school and the layout of the campus, for example. Factors like school occupancy can also help identify where the greatest risks are. What parts of the campus have the greatest (or least) population density? Cafeterias, gyms, assembly halls and outdoor commons are all high population areas that could be soft targets. Meanwhile, remote areas of the campus could be susceptible to becoming entry points or hideout spots for perpetrators. These most vulnerable areas should be addressed first.
Harden the Soft Targets
Once the potential soft target areas have been identified, it’s time to harden those targets with the right security. New York schools can best secure these areas using an integration of video surveillance with a new or existing alarm system. With high-definition cameras capturing activity across a campus in real time, administrators will have access to video footage of everything happening on the grounds. If something suspicious is detected on camera, an administrator can send an alert of set off a school-wide alarm. Video surveillance footage can even be monitored remotely so that schools do not have to expend human resources on managing security video.
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