10 Ways to Ensure a Safer College Campus

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.

2. Preparation

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.

 

Business Security Systems: Why Upgrade Now Rather Than Later

Security systems evolve according to new threats. Businesses are always trying to stay ahead of potential threats that can put staff and customers at risk as well as risk-prolonged disruptions in the carrying out of daily business. Companies with government or military contracts are required to meet certain security minimums before they can even begin to provide products or services. Here are four trending security advancements businesses are using to stay ahead of the game.

Biometrics

Access control used to be nothing more than a locked door. Then, alarm were added to warn of illegal entry into unauthorized areas, but there was little accounting of traffic that was authorized. Sensitive areas that require a complete record of daily access are served well with biometric devices that can positively identify who is entering and leaving a secured area and at what times. Biometrics can be as simple as a thumbprint reader on a computer server to advanced retina reading devices, hand scanners and voice recognition.

Visitor Access

An area still hard for many businesses to control is visitor access. The traditional approach of adding security staff to monitor and control visitors is costly yet still widely in use. Modern digital visitor tracking options can be as simple as visitor ID badges to the high-end facial recognition software in use by casinos and other corporations. Controlled visitor access is an absolute necessity in environments that have public, semi-private and controlled areas such as hospitals. A hospital may have a cafe or dining area fully open to the public, patient rooms where only friends and family are permitted, and pediatric areas where infant access is restricted to parents and specific hospital staff.

Loss Prevention

Shrinkage due to retail theft is the bane of stores everywhere. The shoplifters are getting bolder and more savvy, and the stores need to keep up not only to reduce shrinkage but send a message to the criminals that ply this trade that their retail locations are too high of a risk to shoplift at. Larger retailers may incorporate facial recognition to know when prior shoplifters enter their stores. Retail product security tags have evolved from the stick-on ones that needed to be applied to every product to ones that have been embedded at the point of manufacture such as security tags inside shoes.

IP Surveillance Cameras

Affordable video surveillance was an exponential leap in business security. However, it was limited to on-site viewing. Internet Protocol camera and DVR systems now allow for remote viewing by any authorized person that has a computer, tablet or smartphone and Internet access. The cameras can be fully controllable for pan, tilt and zoom. Modern digital surveillance cameras can also have quality optics so clear that not only can the hands of cashiers be observed, but the individual serial numbers on the money can be seen too. The latest DVR systems can record a year’s worth of footage from multiple cameras, giving an instant and easy-to-access record of every second.

Insurance providers along with government and military customers are not the only ones expecting businesses to up their game when it comes to state-of-the-art security systems. Customers and visitors are demanding safety systems be in place to protect them against property, personal and violent crime while visiting the businesses. It is not necessary for every business to adopt every new security option, but it is necessary for them to have in place the ones in standard use by their industry. The costs of implementation can be offset by the prevention of one major litigation claim.

For a complimentary on site consultation please contact Complete Security Systems today.