If you follow our blog, then you have probably read a post or two by now on school safety and security. As you know, schools are one of our pillars here at Sonitrol Security. We take school security and the safety of both students and school staff very seriously around our communities. Safety and security go hand-in-hand, which is why we would like to share why and how schools should care about the role that safety plays in their daily lives. For starters, let’s begin with how security plays a part in school safety.
The Role That Security Plays in School Safety
1. Bullying Prevention
One of the top roles that security plays in schools’ safety is preventing bullying. If students who are prone to act out do not feel as though they are constantly being watched and/or monitored by school faculty, they will act out. However, with visible security cameras and video monitoring solutions in place, bullies are less likely to act out due to repercussions.
Security measures act as a means to closely monitor students, staff, and any action that occurs on school grounds. Security systems and bullying prevention work together by:
- Letting students know there are consequences for bullying and that they are being monitored
- Prevent bullying through proactive measures
- Identify bullying and implement immediate consequences for bullying
- Support and provide relief to bullied students
2. Reducing Violence, Accidents, & Injuries
For most schools, developing a school safety plan and security plan to combat major acts of violence and crime has become a high priority, but there’s no set-in-stone recipe for keeping students safe. It’s better to be proactive than reactive, especially when it comes to violence in schools. Prevention plays a large part in keeping violence at a minimum. Installing security cameras out of students’ reach but where they are visible around the school has been shown to deter criminal activity. At minimum, the use of security cameras will reduce theft, vandalism, false alarms, and more.
Video surveillance has also been shown to deter illicit behavior on school property. Cameras/video surveillance can be strategically placed in the school and also surrounding areas, including parking lots, sports fields, and other typical gathering places anywhere on the school’s grounds. In the event that an incident occurs, the cameras are there to capture any evidence and ensure action is taken as quickly and efficiently as possible.
3. Emphasis on Education
As a school everyone wants the same goal, the best quality education for students and maximum safety while on school grounds. Everyone, including students, teachers, faculty, and parents want to feel confident that they are in a safe and comfortable learning environment. By adding video surveillance into your security solution, you will have peace of mind knowing that you are providing your school with the best comprehensive security measures available. Confidence in the school’s safety measures will lead to the best outcomes for education.
Why School Security is Our #1 Priority
School safety and security is a vital and integral part of who we are here at Sonitrol. Just as school administration, teachers, and parents of students take the security of their school building and safety of their children importantly, we do too. We want to be a partner when it comes to securing your school. Our communities and the citizens that live in them are who we created these systems in the first place. Our hope is to be able to keep all students and staff safe while they are on school campuses not only in our California regions but nationwide.