Security advice for education institutions

June 2010 Integrated Solutions, Education (Industry)

Education institutions can be exposed to various security threats including break-ins to premises after hours as well the threats of arson, vandalism and graffiti, mainly from external sources. These threats seem to be on the increase and gone are the days when they only occurred during holiday periods.

Stefan Oberholtzer, group managing director, Chubb Security Southern Africa examines these critical issues faced by education institutions today and looks at ways in which education administrators can protect their assets, their property as well as their students.

Vandalism and graffiti can account for the majority of individual criminal incidents within an education environment, but reports of incidents decreasing by up to 90% are common where CCTV cameras have been installed.

Most arson attacks happen out of school/college/university hours, when the risk of damage to property is increased, but the likelihood of causing harm to people is low. When these hours are extended, there is an increased risk that buildings could be occupied by staff and learners when a fire breaks out.

To deter a would-be arsonist, professionally installed, managed and maintained CCTV systems can monitor access points and vulnerable locations around the premises and may provide valuable evidence. Intruder alarms and access control give early warning to a potential intruder.

Fire detection systems can be integrated into automatic fire suppression systems such as sprinklers, or water mist extinguishing systems. In areas where water damage would prevent such an option such as computer rooms, gaseous extinguishing systems flood the area with an array of gases to extinguish the fire.

Tips to enhance security

1. Buy the best system you can afford, cheap security is no security, and always use a South African Intruder Detection Services Association (SAIDSA) approved security firm.

2. Consider the basic security issues first. Keep temptation at bay by keeping valuables out of sight, especially at night.

3. Ensure staff are equipped in understanding how to deal with a fire, from using the various types of extinguishers through to evacuating the premises.

4. Train your staff on basic security principles, for example, the need to challenge strangers on the premises, closing window blinds at night, locking cabinets etc. Ensure everyone understands entry/exit procedures.

5. Take a broad view of security, the more you integrate your approach, the more you save and the better your security will be.

6. Do not regard security as a cost. A good security approach can reduce your insurance premiums and improve staff productivity because they feel more secure.

7. Do not rely on an alarm sounder only. An alarm without a response is just a noise. Ensure your alarm is monitored.

8. Do not rely on an old alarm to work without regular servicing. Regular servicing is advisable.

9. Ensure your premises are well lit in the evenings.

10. Do not assume that it happens to someone else. Always be prepared!

For more information contact Chubb Security Southern Africa, +27 (0)11 761 7000.





Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Securing perimeters of secure locations
November 2019, Axis Communications SA, Modular Communications, Hikvision South Africa, Nemtek Electric Fencing Products, Technews Publishing, Stafix , Government and Parastatal (Industry), Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Integrated Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Solutions asked a number of companies offering perimeter security solutions for their insights into protecting the boundaries of national key points.

Read more...
Vox expands managed services with Mimecast
October 2019, Vox Telecom , Integrated Solutions
Vox has added Managed Mimecast to its suite of managed service offerings to provide customers with a more effective way of safeguarding their emails against spam and malicious attacks.

Read more...
Digitising Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
October 2019 , Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure
Mobile technology has the potential to change how Africa approaches patient and healthcare, says Phathizwe Malinga, managing director, SqwidNet.

Read more...
Intelligent analytics and the brains to match
September 2019, Bosch Building Technologies , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
What if the brains behind our security cameras could be trained to improve their cognitive ability to pay attention, learn, and problem-solve according to specific rules and situations?

Read more...
AI-powered autonomous Drone-in-a-Box
September 2019 , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Organisations in the mining, energy and industrial, oil and gas, ports and terminals sectors can optimise security and business operations, whilst reducing risks and operational costs

Read more...
Looking ahead with mobile access technologies
Access & Identity Management Handbook 2020, Technews Publishing, HID Global, dormakaba South Africa, Salto Systems Africa, Suprema, Gallagher , Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
Given the broad use of smartphones around the world and the numerous technologies packed into these devices, it was only a matter of time before the access control industry developed technology that would ...

Read more...
Scalable access solution
Access & Identity Management Handbook 2020 , Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
Bosch Building Technologies makes access management simple, scalable and always available with Access Management System 2.0.

Read more...
Wireless access for visibility and security
Access & Identity Management Handbook 2020, Salto Systems Africa , Access Control & Identity Management, Education (Industry)
The Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg has gained full visibility and improved security through the installation of locking technology from SALTO.

Read more...
The safe city and its need for interoperability
November 2019 , Integrated Solutions, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Interoperability continues to present one of the greatest challenges, particularly with video management systems, video recording devices and cameras.

Read more...
Analytics-driven solutions for smart infrastructure
November 2019, Bosch Building Technologies , Integrated Solutions
Video analytics technology can bring intelligence to infrastructure by delivering solutions for traffic flow, improved safety, smart parking, and data collection.

Read more...