According to IHS Markit, the school security market surged to nearly $2.7 billion in 2017. But where do you start when you’re piecing together the tactical elements of a safety program? Despite the abundance of high tech solutions made available, it’s important to understand there isn’t a single all-encompassing answer. It takes a mix of tools and methods—some traditional, some innovative—to protect your community.
Think in layers to balance your strategy
A comprehensive approach to safety and security can be practical without breaking the bank. As more and more schools strive to create safer environments, one of the best approaches is to think through your safety strategy with an eye on layers while mixing low and high tech safety solutions.
Having multiple layers of security to address potential and active threats is essential. Getting the right mix of tech solutions into your strategy, equally so. Options like anti-violence training, see something, say something messaging, tip lines, and enhanced mental and behavioral health services, are just a sample of the less technical tactics schools across the nation employ.
Many schools aim to provide an open, accessible learning environment with the necessary security provisions. Achieving that balance can be overwhelming. Especially when faced with advanced tech options like facial-recognition cameras, impenetrable doors, panic buttons, and systems that digitize and share building layouts with first responders, to name a few.