Access control means securing the perimeter of the school’s property, including each point of entry. Effective access control policies will ensure that students, staff, and visitors will know exactly where to enter your facility, what to do once they get inside, and how to get back out.
Good access control can go a long way toward keeping potential criminals out of your school. It also sets the tone for the rest of your other security efforts. A secure entry clarifies right away that your school takes safety and security seriously.
Full wipe access control to boundary access points, and internal class and segregation areas – based on card / pin reader / door strike points & equipment
Inner Range Access Control solutions offer extensive capabilities as you would expect from a state-of-the art enterprise level access control system.
- Manage your system from one or many locations
- Manage your staff’s access across all your locations
- Easily assign or suspend access cards or fobs for your staff
- Temporarily elevate or reduce access privileges and times
- Manage access for doors, elevators, car parks and vehicles
- Assign high security dual user access or anti pass back policies
- Use the event log to verify and report on all access events and violations
- Manage emergencies with site lockdowns and alert communications
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To ensure we are best able to meet your needs and budget, we commence by sitting down with you to perform an assessment of your institution. This helps us determine our recommendations when it comes to alarm systems, access control and CCTV video cameras in schools.
Improving School Access Control Systems
A security guard is a must-have in every school because they help deter those who have no business to go near kids and teenagers. The addition of CCTV monitoring system, emergency alerts, panic buttons, and ID badging solutions can reinforce the safety and security of the school premises. In addition to these safety measures, management should also consider improving the layout and the environment of the school.
Here are the practices that will help reinforce school access control:
- Exhibit awareness
Security measures enforced within school perimeters should be distinctive. People should be aware that the school is watching and security knows who are entering and exiting the premises.
Putting up barbed wires might be an overkill. Fences, gates, and barriers should be enough to define which areas can be accessed. Even the landscape can be used to demarcate sections and tell people that they’re entering an increasingly private and guarded area.
Security efforts are usually designed not only for the children and the employees who regularly enter the grounds but also for expensive laboratory equipment and other properties that need to be protected too.
Cameras and other security sensors should be installed not only on gates but also on hallways and areas frequented by people. Unmanned areas with expensive equipment and sensitive utility installations should also be guarded with CCTV monitors. There should also be cameras monitoring the outside perimeter to identify if there are suspicious elements loitering around the facility.
- Maximize visibility
Making sure entryways are well-lit is one of the most sensible, effective, and inexpensive ways to improve security. Clearing obstacles that can become hiding places is a must to give security officials better visibility on possible threats. Wrongdoers are less attracted to open spaces and these will deter them from attempting any crime.
ID badges of students and employees should be worn at all times when inside the school premises. This makes it easier for security to positively identify those who aren’t allowed inside the campus.
- Define access points
Lobbies are where a mix of students, employees, and visitors meet which make it harder for security to monitor the activities that transpire in the area. This is why safety measures should be implemented even before visitors enter the grounds.
Installing an entry vestibule is a great option to consider. This enables security to screen if the visitor has a legitimate business to be allowed inside the campus.
Visitors who enter school grounds should also able to see a well-defined route that will direct them to where they’re headed. Signage must be visible and, if possible, a staff member should be present to direct them to designated areas in the campus.
Limit the areas where people can enter the premises. Walk around the campus and inspect areas that can’t be easily guarded or monitored.
Emergency exits are important for evacuation purposes but they can also be used as access points by unwanted elements. Make sure areas like these are shut on the outside and can only be used as an exit.
Ensuring the security of students and school personnel is an important job that shouldn’t be left to chance. Keeping your guard up is the best thing you can do to deter criminals from getting near the premises. Displaying the heavy security measures you employ can be beneficial but you also have to make sure every security personnel is trained on what they should do when circumstances arise.
Security and school access control should be improved continuously because criminals will always find ways to bypass the system. Using safety systems designed by Serious Security will help protect the students, the employees, and the infrastructure from anyone planning to do harm to the community.