Formulating a campus safety plan for students and school personnel became one of the Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) priorities after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Since the beginning of 2000, more than 2000 students have been killed in campus shooting incidents in the United States, and more than 230 sustained injuries.
Many of these incidents occurred during school hours and were carried out by those who had access to the school as a faculty member or student. A customized security plan is instrumental in helping schools prevent or mitigate future incidents.
ESA encourages schools across the country to take advantage of the best security practices and to contact a local ESA member with any questions. Whether it’s a kindergarten class or a college campus, students should never have to worry about safety and security while they’re at school.
Additionally, in honor of National Campus Safety Awareness Month in September, Alarm.org offers these tips to help raise students’ awareness as they travel back and forth to school.
Many students walk or drive to and from school unaccompanied by an adult. While every danger cannot be anticipated, students should be alerted to the possibility of threats and should be counseled to always exercise these common safety precautions:
• Don’t take shortcuts through unfamiliar neighborhoods.
• If possible, stay in groups.
• Do not talk on the phone; it’s important to stay alert to the surroundings.
• Try not to walk at night, and avoid desolate areas.
• Do not talk to or accept items from strangers.
• Immediately contact police if someone is following too closely or acting suspiciously.
• Be sure to secure access to private communities – never allow strangers to enter behind you.
Source: Electronic Security Association