School safety is no longer simple in most American communities. Schools are at risk from both internal and external threats. Because there is no federal mandate on reporting crimes in elementary schools, it is all but impossible to know the true crime statistics in schools. Over 91% of all schools currently have security cameras to help monitor day-to-day functions. Over 97% of schools have policies to limit who can enter and exit the building during the school day. The following is an outline of how security cameras can enhance school safety solutions for other security measures you should implement.

Why Security Cameras Are Important In Schools

During school hours, knowing who on-premises is crucial for campus safety. The ability to detect unauthorized visitors is a major pro of security cameras. Security cameras make it easier for security staff to keep track of students and teachers to better understand who should or should not be on school property. In the event of a crime, stored video footage can be re-visited for evidence. Security personnel can view video from their smartphone or computer to remotely control cameras and adjust views.

Ways Video Surveillance Can Keep A School’s Campus, Staff, And Students Protected

  • Viewing the exits/entrances/gates to see who is coming in and out.
  • Communicate with the central station with built-in two-way audio to dispatch someone immediately in an emergency.
  • Check on the common areas like the playground, library, cafeteria, and hallways.
  • Enable motion settings and receive alerts immediately when the video is recorded.

What Are Typical Access Control Systems?

An access control system typically includes locked gates, doors, or barriers that can be opened using identity authentication methods such as RFID access cards, pin codes, face recognition, fingerprints, or smartphones to allow entry to a building or certain area. The access control system is the first line of defense between outside intruders and your students and staff. Use access control on main entryways once the school day has begun. The access control system should be synced with a video surveillance system for the highest level of monitoring.

Visitor Management

You need a school visitor sign-in/check-in app that allows you to collect specific data and specify unique terms of entry for different visitor types such as parents, contractors, and volunteers. For repeat visitors, you can issue digital IDs/mobile wallets, QuickPins, QR/barcodes, RFID cards, and HID/NFC cards. When letting parents and seldom=seen visitors into the building, lock and unlock doors quickly and remotely.

Environment Monitoring Of Your Campus

Fire and carbon monoxide leaks are just a few internal dangers. Not all dangers come from outside. Monitored alarms should keep watch on all these risks around the clock.

  • Alarm control panels
  • Interior/exterior sirens
  • Smoke detectors
  • Water/temperature/humidity sensors
  • Gas and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Voice (audio) alarm verification
  • Remote phone control
  • 24-hour alarm monitoring
  • Alarm testing cellular backup systems

Partner With A Professional Security Company To Better Protect Your School

Campus security and safety is an important feature of education. Schools need to provide students nationwide with a safe environment in which to learn and to keep students, parents, and employees well-informed about campus security. Of course, the hope is that you will never face an emergency. But you want to ensure you have the very best security if an emergency does occur.

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​Facility Protection Group is a Florida state certified systems contractor specializing in electronic security services supporting both traditional and cloud based Access Control (Card Access), Video Surveillance / CCTV, Audio / Video Intercoms, and Intrusion Alarm Systems. Founded in 2018 and located in Tampa, Florida; Facility Protection Group has assembled a team that has a tremendous wealth of industry knowledge and experience.