September / October 2022
- CREATING SAFE HAVENS IN SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOM
- WHY EVERY GUNSHOT AT A SCHOOL MATTERS
- REDUCING NUISANCE ALARMS
- A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
- A MEDICAL ENHANCEMENT
Physical security decisions come down to two categories: Thou shalt and thou should. We must bear this in mind as we create safe havens across our campuses and schools.
Reaching the right balance for campus safety requires the deft mix of addressing parental concerns, letting kids be kids, and protecting people and property through surveillance, information and fast response. Both have to be affordable and available 24/7/365.
Physical security is a dynamic concept; it’s not a circumstance in which you can switch on some equipment and call it a day. As time goes on and threats change, it needs routine upkeep, supervision and improvements.
Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in mass shootings—from schools to workplaces to public spaces, and communal facilities such as houses of worship, community commons, park settings, and shopping centers.
New mandates require hospitals to implement various regulations and seismic safety precautions by 2030. This ultimately led to the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital for the North Bay region, and in the fall of 2020, MarinHealth announced the official opening of Oak Pavilion
The secret is out: One of the best ways to boost student achievement is to ensure your students can clearly hear their teacher and classmates.
Is facility security something that you’re worried about? If you answered yes, you aren’t alone. According to the 2022 Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence Report, 88% of security correspondents are experiencing a dramatic increase in physical threat activity that is anticipated to grow this year.
In an ideal world, one touch would be all it takes for a teacher to alert school safety teams that they are in danger. However, the reality is that teachers often must be in a specific place to press a button or must remember a series of steps to activate an alert.
A sniper in a fifth-story apartment fires 300 shots at a school just before dismissal. He had multiple automatic rifles and 1,000 rounds. Government reports wouldn’t consider this worst-case scenario attack to be a “mass shooting”—or even a “school shooting.” That’s a problem.
For many students, every school year begins with new backpacks, books, and excitement for a fun school year. For educators and school security teams, there is hope for a successful school year, as well, but also there are concerns about keeping students safe.
It’s 3 a.m., and some kids decided to climb the fence and play a little touch football on the athletic field. The motion-sensing cameras trigger an alert. Who’s receiving that alert? And what can they do about it if they’re not onsite?
For large corporate campuses, managing access to multiple sites while ensuring tenants, employees, and visitors can easily move around is key to overall security and operational efficiency. Historically, balancing these goals was a complex task.
When you get to college, your personal definition of “walking distance” increases exponentially.
Protecting perimeters, buildings, property and people is no small responsibility, whether it is an embassy, a school, factory or farmers market. Knowing you have the right equipment in place to secure your facility and to prevent human tragedies brings a peace of mind that no amount of money can buy.
Critical infrastructure sites need reliable, cost-effective physical security solutions.