3 MYTHS ABOUT SECURITY IN SCHOOLS
Security, just like education, is something everyone wants to see happening in schools in the United States. Although that is the case in most minds, there continues to be pushback from the idea of installing security systems and processes in schools.
Here at Conzer Security , we are working with many school districts and corporations to take a proactive stance in regard to security rather than waiting to react to a problem. Some are starting with intercom systems and locked doors with doorbells for entrance. Others are installing access control systems on outside doors.
That being said, we listen to administrators. And we hear they are stymied by the same three myths about school security that prevent complete support of the installation of security programs in schools.
Myth No. 1 – Schools with Security Are Like Prisons
The prison mindset is one based on the idea that security is trying to lock something inside. In reality, from a security point of view, we think of a secured building as being more of a fortress rather than a prison.
We see the goal of the security system is to safeguard everything inside the building and prevent outside problems and dangers from getting inside. That’s why access control and strict building entrance protocols are so very important. People can leave at any time without issue, but monitoring entrances is a critical element of keeping your fortress safe and secure.
Myth No. 2 – It Will Never Happen Here
It’s unrealistic to believe that bad things only happen in other places. Bad things are likely to happen to good people in small towns just like they happen to people in cities. No one person, school, or community is completely immune to bad things.
At Conzer Security we don’t just consider extreme examples such as an active shooter in a school or on the playground, but also other situations like drug dealing, child abduction, and violence. Surveillance cameras that monitor the inside and outside of a school building can deter some activity and then help to apprehend perpetrators and identify victims.
Saying that something will not happen does not keep children, staff, parents, and the community safe. Access control systems and protocols that are in place and enforced, play a big part in preventing something from happening in many schools in the nation.
Myth No. 3 – My Kid Would Never Do That
We all like to think the best of our children, our family, and our neighbors. But people, especially kids, are learning and developing their patterns of behavior.
Sometimes they do things because their friends encourage them, or dare them and they want to fit in. Someone has an idea – albeit a bad idea – and the group gets on board. That’s how much school vandalism happens. Kids might break a window and enter a building, strewing papers, painting lockers, and leaving a trail of damage. Other times it is one child bullying another or a group beating up another child or group of children.
Parents like to believe that their children would never entertain such behavior and will maintain that position steadfastly. However, when the acts are recorded on surveillance camera footage, parents cannot deny the evidence. The conversation moves from “he said – she said” to a place where responsibility is put where it belongs and solutions can be found.
No security system will prevent 100% of all situations. But a comprehensive security system and program will help prevent a lot and that makes it worth it, especially in schools where our nation’s future is growing and developing daily.
Contact Conzer Security for a free evaluation of your security needs. We want to talk with you about creating a plan that will help your school stay as safe and secure as possible.