With schools across the country beginning to break up for the summer, there are widespread concerns about a spike in criminal activity over the coming months – highlighting the importance of effective school security systems.
Figures already show a rise in temperature goes hand-in-hand with a rise in crime rates. As thousands of school buildings are left unoccupied and the cost of living continues to soar, there’s an even greater likelihood that opportunists will be tempted to break-in, steal from, or trash your premises.
“There are a number of measures schools can take to better secure school property and assets, which would ideally be a combination of both physical and electronic protection. Fencing around the perimeter can often offer a good first line of defence against unwanted visitors, while CCTV can act as a visual deterrent for those not wanting to be caught on camera. We urge schools across the country to take steps to protect themselves from criminals and follow our guidance.”
- Making sure CCTV systems have remote 24/7 monitoring services. Monitoring and alerting the police is far more effective than tracing criminals after a crime has taken place.
- Installing remotely monitored intruder alarms and changing alarm security codes and passwords on a regular basis.
- Asking the local community to be vigilant and report any unusual or suspicious activity they notice on school grounds.
- Restricting vehicular access to the school site. Locate any designated parking as far from the school building as possible. The further thieves have to travel on foot the greater the risk of detection.
- Restricting access to school premises. Well-designed perimeter security such as walls, fences, electric security gates, and anti-climb paint help prevent people from getting onto school sites.
When potential intruders breach a restricted area on your premises, it will trigger a motion sensor and transmit footage to our NSI Gold accredited Remote Video Receiving Centre. Trained operators are on-hand 24/7 to take immediate action, which includes issuing audio warnings to deter intruders – informing them they’re being monitored and that police are on their way.
We also use in-house artificial intelligence software (PSM Traces AI) to filter false alarms caused by oversensitive detectors. This means only genuine threats are being passed on to our site, to maintain the quickest response time.