Safety tips for school

Friday, 8th January, 2016

Schools today are faced with a growing number of threats such as violence, drugs, bullying, crime and even terrorism but schools should be one of the safest places for children to be. Is your school fully prepared for these?  

Most schools today are well equipped for threats such as fire, they have systems and procedures in place for these events but unfortunately, some schools lack the same attention to detail when it comes to the day-to-day security of pupils and staff.

A good security system can really help your establishment become a safer one. Deterrence is an important element in your security program. Deterring an incident before it happens can be achieved with the high visibility of a good security system, this high visibility is often enough to stop a security incident from happening.

Our tips for achieving this are:

  • Effective lighting that improves visibility in dark areas such as doorways.
  • A visible and working CCTV system integrated with an access control solution.
  • Regular training for staff and pupils on security and personal safety can help.
  • A robust and visible door access control solution that includes the perimeter not just the physical buildings.
  • Ensuring foliage and bushes around your perimeter are cut back for clear sight of any intruders

As mentioned, a good access control solution is critical to improving security around your premises. It not only improves security and safety, it can have many other benefits too:

  • Help with staff management and student supervision, by monitoring the whereabouts of pupils, staff and visitors.
  • Provide a full date and time audit trail to show where each individual has been within your premises.
  • Allows restricted access to gyms, libraries and other areas that do not need to be accessible all the time.
  • The main doors can be programmed to open at certain times of the day and then be locked the rest of the time. Only those with permission can gain access and access is denied to anyone who is not authorised to enter the building.
  • Integrates easily with your CCTV system giving you a more complete security system where you can capture false/attempted entries, these can be notified instantly to your administrators/building manager via email or SMS.
  • SALTO’s access control solution can be further integrated with your fire alarm system, so that in the event of a fire alarm, all doors default to open ensuring the exits are free to deliver the safest and quickest evacuation routes.

Improved school safety and security doesn’t have to be expensive and sometimes simple improvements can go a long way, remember you cannot overestimate the value of providing a safe and secure learning environment.

Why not visit the access control section of the website by clicking here and see how we can help.

Alternatively if you would like to speak to our experts about how we can make your environment safer call 0113 273 0300 or email soliutions@ait.co.uk.