A well-known maxim states that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is never truer than when it comes to campus safety. A well-rounded security plan is essential to ensuring the safety of faculty, staff students and campus visitors. These ten steps outline a comprehensive security plan that will provide maximum campus safety and a prompt response to any unforeseen security incidents that may arise.
1. Appoint a Security Team
Having a core team that is always fully in the know about all security issues is the first step toward successful campus security. Appointing a team leader from each department and interest group allows you to be the first voice in security.
Good preparation includes a thorough knowledge of crime statistics, possible risks, keeping safety gear and licenses updated and listening to the concerns of faculty and students. These are key factors to communicate to your security team, and it is often best to bring in the expertise of a security firm to minimize the chances of overlooking a risk.
3. Complete an Objective Risk Audit
A good security firm can help you complete an objective risk audit. This gives you an experienced outsider’s eye to analyze how all aspects of your campus work together. A specialist will consider risks from all angles including seasonal changes, high profile structures and potential sources of security failure. Your existing emergency plans will be thoroughly critiqued and strengthened. The firm should also create new back up plans geared toward both physical and cyber risks.
4. Minimize Risk
After your audit, you will be better prepared to take steps to minimize risk and liability. Target the weak areas and work with your team on solutions. Solutions may include things like more cameras, increased security presence or additional lighting.
5. Budget Wisely
In an institution where finances are often carefully allocated, finding additional funding for your new security measures can be challenging. Though there may be an initial increase in cost associated with these changes, the liability cost of lax security is often greater.
6. Finding Funding
After your budget is complete, you must find a source of cash to finance your plan. This is where your carefully selected team can be extremely helpful. Appointed members with influence over campus budgeting can be a liaison for your team.
7. Assert the Importance of Plan Funding
Each new security measure that you put into place should be highly publicized. Bringing attention to your plan raises awareness for the necessity of security as well as deterring would be trouble makers.
8. Communicate Responsibilities
Now that your plan has been reworked, it is essential that each team member knows their role and how to respond in case of an incident. They should know where to go with any questions and how to use all security related software. This will ensure your new plan runs smoothly.
9. Evaluate Plan Efficacy
Even the best laid plans can hit a snag. Have measures in place that examine your new plan as it is being executed to find shortcomings that were not initially apparent in the planning stages.
About Complete Security Systems
Security evaluation is not a one time process. You should have an annual audit that re-examines your plan and be prepared to tweak it as necessary. Your team should always be involved in this process. Following these steps with the help of a local New Jersey security company will ensure that residents and visitors to your campus are as safe as possible.
Contact Complete Security Systems today for a complimentary audit of your campus security system.
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