Security Advice to Protect and Safeguard Your School

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Is your school implementing the latest security measures? This article highlights critical security measures for schools to safeguard their premises and protect their students and staff. 

The ai Security team works with schools across the UK to install and maintain comprehensive safety solutions. We know that school is a ‘safe place’ for pupils and staff and should be secure and protected from threats. With our cost-effective, industry-leading security technology, we can help your school manage various safety challenges and obligations.

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1. CCTV

CCTV is an essential security feature in schools. Beyond acting as a crime deterrent, they monitor activity 24/7 and protect students and staff. View our full CCTV maintenance checklist here.

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Does your school have CCTV across the premises?   
Have they been professionally serviced in the past 12 months? 
Are all cameras clean, functional and damage-free? 
Is the recording equipment functioning correctly?  
Are there any blind spots? 

2. Security Barriers, Gates and Doors

Security gates and barriers play an important role in controlling who enters and exits a school. They are the first line of security at every access point around the premises.

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Are there security barriers and gates on the primary access points of your school? 
Are there any open entry or exit points without security? Would a security gate or barrier make this location safer?  
Are there any security barriers or gates not functioning correctly? 
Is there any damage to the fencing, barriers or gates around the school? 

3. Fire Alarms

Fires can cause sudden and widespread devastation in a school, damaging buildings and destroying assets. Government guidelines outline your fire safety responsibilities. At ai Security, we can help you to install, repair and maintain fire alarms.

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Is your school’s fire safety and risk assessment aligned with government guidelines and regulations? 
Check the functionality of all fire alarms across the school. 
Are any rooms within the school missing a fire alarm or fire safety equipment? 

4. Intruder Alarms

Intruder alarms protect a school’s assets from theft and damage. Schools have long periods of no-occupation, including overnight and during holidays. These systems are an essential safety feature and should be regularly maintained. 

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Do any of the intruder alarms need repair? 
Are there any rooms or buildings missing an intruder alarm? 
Do the intruder alarms alert police when triggered? 

5. Door Access Control

Does your school have restricted areas? Are there teacher-only zones that your school cannot currently stop students from entering? A door access control system regulates who can enter a building based on pre-programmed entry cards or key fobs. These systems offer a high level of security and flexibility, as well as being an incredibly cost-effective security measure.

TASK DONE
Do any of the door access control systems in your school require repair? 
Is there anyone with an entry card or key fob that shouldn’t have one? Organise for it to be returned or cancel their entry.  
Are there any rooms in your school that would benefit from door access control but don’t have a system installed? Contact us for installation. 

6. Emergency response plans

Responding to emergencies in a fast, efficient and safe manner is essential. Whether your school is responding to a fire, bomb threat or other emergency, response plans must be in place to protect students and staff. 

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Does your school have an emergency response plan for a fire? 
Does your school have an emergency response plan for a coronavirus outbreak? 
Does your school have an emergency response plan for a bomb threat? 
Does your school have an emergency response plan for a terrorist attack? 
Does your school have an emergency response plan for an unknown or armed intruder? 
Does your school have an emergency response plan for a medical emergency? 
Have there been drills for these emergency scenarios? 
Are students aware of emergency procedures? 
Are your response plans aligned with government guidelines and safety regulations? 
Do your security systems support emergency response? 

7. Visitor management

Schools often have various visitors, from guest speakers and substitute teachers to building contractors and parents. With so many people moving through the school, a visitor management and identification system is essential.

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Do you have an effective visitor management procedure? 
Is your visitor management procedure COVID-safe? 

8. Staff training

School staff must be trained to manage various security situations, including evacuations and lockdowns. After an extended period away from the school grounds, teachers and school staff may require refresher training.

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Have all staff completed emergency response plan training? 
Do all staff understand how to identify and report security threats? 

Security System Installation and Maintenance by ai security

Completing this checklist will help to safeguard your school from harm. If this checklist has identified any potential areas of improvement that could strengthen your school security measures, contact ai Security for installation, repairs and maintenance.

Our team installs comprehensive security solutions, including CCTV, door access control systems, security barriers and gates, fire alarms and intruder alarms. With over 30 years of experience and knowledge of the latest technology, we can offer a premium service and a tailored security solution. We also provide maintenance and repairs services to keep your systems operating correctly 24/7.

Contact the ai security Team

Work with our team for an unrivalled customer service experience and a tailored security solution. We work with businesses and schools across the UK and can assist with all aspects of security system installation, repair and maintenance.

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