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School Security

School Security - Is Your School Safe?

School Security

School security and safety have always been important factors in the educational environment for our young children and teens. Especially for those who cannot afford the luxury of private schools and/or home-schooling, parents commonly have to accept whatever policies and techniques are enforced by the school district in managing security.  Although schools will respond with heightened awareness after serious events such as Columbine and the Sandy Hook shootings occur,  it's unfortunately a fact of life that complacence will set in over a period of time unless permanent, probably electronic, measures are taken.

Need for School Security

There have been hundreds of shootings or other similarly ugly events which have occurred in not only the United States, but in many other countries over the years. Colorado has been home to a disproportionate number of these happenings. Here is a short list of some of the events that have transpired that better school security systems could have helped prevent entirely, contain or reduce the scope:

  • January 15, 2013 - Hazard Community and Technical College, Hazard, Kentucky - Three people were shot, two died on the spot and a third the next dayDecember 14, 2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut - Adam Lanza after killing his mother took an arsenal of guns to the elementary school where  he killed 26  people, including 20 children.
  • September 26, 2012 - Stillwater Junior High School, Stillwater, Oklahoma - Cade Poulos shot himself before classes began.
  • February 27, 2012 - Chardon High School, Chardon, Ohio - Three students and three more were injured when student Thomas Lane fired shots at a group of students at a cafeteria table.
  • December 6, 2010 - Aurora Central High School - In a gang-related shooting a young girl was shot and paralyzed when Luis Enrique Guzman-Rincon fired shots at students from a car.
  • November 29, 2010 - Marinette High School, Marinette, Wisconsin- A 15 year old boy took a teacher and 23 students hostage at gunpoint. It concluded with the boy shooting himself in the head.
  • February 23, 2010 - Deer Creek Middle School, Littleton, Colorado - A man shot two eighth-graders in a parking lot.
  • April 16, 2007 - Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia - Seung-Hui Cho killed himself after he shot and killed 32 students and faculty.
  • September 27, 2006 - Platte Canyon High School, Bailey, Colorado - A man took six girls hostage, sexually assaulted them, killed one, then shot himself.
  • March 21, 2005 - Red Lake Senior High School, Red Lake, Minnesota - A student killed five students, a teacher, then himself as well as killing several others at Red Lake Indian Reservation.
  • April 20, 1999 - Columbine High School, Columbine, Colorado - Two boys committed suicide after killing one teacher, twelve students and injuring 21 others.

These are just a few of the many unfortunate incidences which warrant implementing better school security measures. We don't want to see the schools turned into a police state but we do wish to protect students at all levels, elementary through university. Eliminating guns, knives and other dangerous weapons is a critical ingredient to success.

What can you do?

For your situation and budget you have a lot of electronic options at your disposal. One of the advantages of implementing an electronic system is that it will not become complacent over time. Some of these options will be suitable for an educational facility, some will not. Here's a rundown of various security systems that DGO Access can help you with:

  • Card access and proximity card readers - Card reader systems  can be installed on entrance, exit and classroom doors  as needed.
  • Biometric access control - Biometrics is the term which refers to identification of humans by physical traits or characteristics. An example would be using a palm or fingerprint reader to authenticate an individual for access. This would probably be most important in protecting entry to special purpose rooms, labs, etc. which must be restricted to limited people.
  • Electronic turnstiles - Turnstiles are access gates which allow a single person to pass through if access is granted. Some such as those you might see at a subway or train stations act more as a deterrant in that a person could physically jump over or squeeze through them whereas others are built as true impedinents.
  • Metal detection - Common metal detection devices include the wand, walk-through detectors and conveyor belt detectors. You will commonly see variations of these at court houses and airports.
  • CCTV surveillance - Closed circuit TV is popular at banks and parking garages. Along with the electronics you might have a security center with either policemen or private security watching for alerts.
  • Digital map / control center - A digital map is an electronic visualization or schematic of a facility. It can be programmed to display entry points with alerts and alarms that a staff member interfaces with to ensure that doors, windows, vents, etc are as they should be. This is sometimes referred to as real time digital map monitoring.
  • Monitoring social media and underground  sites for suspicious activity - This is a little beyond the scope of managing school security but monitoring social media for suspicious activity is another preventative technique which could be implemented. Know the adversary.
  • Motion detection - Motion detection devices could be installed and enabled after hours to monitor for suspicious activity.
  • Man trap - What is a man trap? Simply put, a man trap is a system that can be enabled remotely to lock people in or out of a confined area. You commonly see them in spy movies. They might be employed by companies protecting extremely sensitive materials needing to trap perpetrators in a confined area.

Federal Assistance

Certainly budget is a concern. Visit the Department of Homeland's Security website and related government sites to learn more about grants and federal funding that may be available to subsidize your efforts.

Entry-Master Security Systems

DGO Access works with several companies to install a wide range of access control and school security systems including Entry-Master. The benefits of employing an Entry-Master system include:

  • Web-based
  • Hack and virus proof
  • Smart phone accessible
  • Biometric scanning available
  • Video integration
  • Modular design - scalable to meet your needs.

See more of Entry-Master at Why choose Entry-Master and DGO Access?

Contact DGO Access at 303-485-1700 or by email at cs@dgoaccess.net for a free consultation regarding options to ensure that your children are protected.