Crime statistics show that schools suffer from more crime and vandalism during the summer holidays than at any other time of the year.
Protecting your school premises and equipment from thieves and vandals is a year round challenge, but with the long summer break just around the corner, head teachers, caretakers and governors must be extra careful to ensure the security of their school whilst the kids are off having a bit of summer fun.
There are several ways to improve your school security and deter those who wish to steal or destroy property.
Closed Circuit TV system
CCTV provides protection for children and staff during school hours as well as for premises and equipment when school is closed. High quality cameras provide superior images and streaming allowing unwanted visitors to be captured on film. This enhances crime detection rates as well as providing a deterrent to any would-be intruders
State-of-the-Art Alarm System
Burglar alarms provide a deterrent and depending on the type of alarm may also automatically alert the police to a break-in or attempted break-in at your school. Alarm systems should be positioned close to area where more expensive items are kept, such as IT or technical equipment.
Access Control Systems
Having full control over who can access the school grounds during holidays as well as term-time is vital to maintaining good security. Many schools run holiday clubs during the summer break and for the safety of the children and staff, a good quality entry phone system can help prevent trespassers.
Benefits of access control include:
- Control over access to a room or building
- Audio and video door entry verification
- Protection of employees and sensitive information
- Keeping equipment secure
- No need to change locks when employees leave – just remove their ID
- Ensure all doors and windows are well maintained and locks are working properly
Most break-ins occur at weak points in the school’s security so before term is out, have your maintenance team check every window, door, gate and fence to ensure that they are as secure as possible.
Keep school grounds clear and tidy over the summer
Cut back overgrown trees and bushes which might obscure cameras. Don’t leave tools or ladders lying around, as these could be used to gain access to the school.
Have a clear premises protection policy
Ensure all staff, especially maintenance team or caretakers know exactly what to do in the event of an incident where school security has been compromised. Clearly state security ins
tructions covering alarms, CCTV, access routes, times, management of keys, responsibilities, emergency numbers etc.
If you are concerned about the security of your school, you can get high quality advice from Third Eye Installation Systems, a family run business who care about keeping your property safe. Third Eye is an NSI NACOSS Gold approved company.
For a free no-obligation chat about your needs, why not email today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8368 1080.
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