Now is the time to re-evaluate university security protocols and upgrade or repair equipment while the students are gone for the summer. With fewer people around and less traffic, you'll have more time to look for problems and fix them. Here are three protocols you can review today that will enhance university security.
1. Risk Assessment
Now's the time to contact your security integrator so they can perform a risk assessment of the campus. This assessment is critical, especially if one hasn't been done in several years. It's easy to become complacent and let outdated systems continue running, but college campuses constantly change from year to year.
The integrator can check to make sure that security systems and equipment such as access control, cameras, sensors, and recorders are all in working order. Has the university built new structures or changed traffic patterns? Are there more students incoming this fall semester than ever before? These are some questions to ask so that you can make the changes necessary to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff.
2. Inexpensive Upgrades
You may cringe at the thought of upgrading security systems and protocols because it's too expensive and arduous. However, there are many small, inexpensive upgrades that make a great impact on campus security.
Check the lighting in parking lots and around buildings and replace any lights that are out or repair broken equipment. Lighting is a simple component with a major impact on the safety of people on campus. Trim any overgrown trees and bushes to eliminate places where intruders can hide. Make sure windows and doors are clear so that patrolling officers can see problems as they arise.
3. Check Dormitory Security Systems
Dorms are a hot area for thefts, robberies, and sexual assaults. Check the locks on all of the doors to make sure that they are all in working order. You don't want to provide criminals with the opportunity to enter through a door with a broken lock.
Confirm that the access control system is working so that it only grants access to authorized people. Installing video intercoms outside the doors helps staff and students identify visitors before they permit them to enter the dorm. Add emergency stations in and around the dorms if you haven't already.
These are just a few areas you can check to make sure protocols are up-to-date and working. After the risk assessment, your security integrator can advise you on other necessary changes and upgrades.
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