Panel Agrees Security Industry Should Play a Role in School Safety


A panel recently convened by Security Sales and Integration (SSI) magazine agreed that security systems should play a role in improving school safety. At SIAC, we have publicly suggested that the security industry step up to improve school safety measures, and are heartened to see SSI further this dialogue.

Some of the takeaways our industry should consider:
• A blended response from law enforcement and technology
• Educating school officials on effective security measures
• Improve CCTV and access control in schools
• Employ scalable technology (easier for school officials to use)
• Continuous training on the operation of the security system

While SIAC’s goal is to improve alarm management practices across North America, we also believe we all have a role to play in helping protect schools, homes and businesses. Given the number of school incidents in recent years, it’s especially important that security companies step forward with solutions.

At a minimum, SIAC believes every school office should add a special panic (hold-up) type alarm, to be used for a quick response by police to a school emergency. Most schools have an alarm system already, so adding the hold-up device (unauthorized intruder/gunman on campus) alert could be accomplished with very little cost. The faster the response, the more lives would be saved. Of course, training and dual-button action devices would be mandated to ensure no accidental alarms.

By helping local communities and law enforcement, we foster stronger relationships with these officials. That’s good for our industry in general, and opens doors to constructive connections with police on other matters, such as local alarm ordinances and response policies. We believe that’s good for us all

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Dave's column has run in multiple small town newspapers across the U.S., in Nebraska, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas,where Dave has been able to entice personal friends and editors to run his social commentary. His column has also been picked up by www.coastalmonroe.com. It has appeared in newspapers since 1998, and began in response to one of the school shootings so depressingly familiar in America. His commentary has morphed into a weekly offering of humor, insights and advice on how to find sanity in an insane world.
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