According to Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012, an annual report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, 77 percent of students reported observing the use of one or more security cameras at their schools in 2011, which represented an overall increase from 39 percent in 2001.
The use of school security systems isn’t only for schools in big urban cities. Schools throughout the country and even in California’s Central Valley are taking proactive steps to mitigate crime and violence on their campuses.
A High School Takes Control
A high school in Fresno, California is taking the safety of its students seriously and is in the process of installing a brand new security system that will not only allow them to monitor the buildings like a standard system would, but it will also allow the administration to alert parents and shut down the campus if necessary.
Mass Notification System
- The administration will be able to text all parents alerting them to a dangerous situation on campus.
- With the push of a button, the administration can lock down the entire campus making it impossible for anyone to enter or exit the premises.
- Individual teachers can push a button alerting the front office that they have a situation in their room.
- All faculty members will have key fobs that will grant them access to the buildings. This information will be stored in a main database so the administration can see who is on campus and what time they arrived and left. If necessary, the administration can actually run reports on the comings and goings of the staff.
- With the key fobs, access can be limited to a select group of faculty members at any given time.
- Security cameras will be installed throughout the campus to monitor the campus 24/7.
- The chair lift out at school’s stadium will be connected to sensor that will alert the administration if it gets stuck.
- The paging system and alarm bells can be customized to play music or various tones. The students can now listen to soft music while walking to class and that annoying bell buzzer will be replaced with a less jarring tone.
- If the school wants, the journalism class will now be able to broadcast news shows or segments to all of the classrooms thanks to the integrated wiring system.
Additional Statistics from Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012
- During the 2009-10 school year, 43 percent of schools reported the presence of one or more security staff at the school at least once a week during the school year. While 28 percent of all schools reported the presence of a security staff routinely carrying a firearm at school.
- In 2009-10, about 74 percent of public schools recorded one or more violent incidents of crime and 16 percent recorded one or more serious violent incidents.
- In 2009-10, 40 percent of public schools reported at least one violent incident to police.
- In 2011, 26 percent of male students reported carrying a weapon anywhere and eight percent of them reported carrying a weapon on school property.
Will Your School Pass the Test
The data does not lie. The need for a comprehensive school security system is more critical than ever – in both urban and rural school districts. Students and faculty members depend on it.
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