It’s unfortunate that recent events are showing a need for increased security initiatives. In the business world, security initiatives take resources away from handling business that will drive to company profits. Over the past 15 years, I have been in law enforcement and working as a school resource officer. I can tell you that enacting additional security measures becomes more of a nuisance because they commonly result in an organization having to change the natural flow of operations. Now, I can go over commonly used security initiatives many organizations use that are not very effective during an active crisis. A panic button system is a versatile system that can be for whatever direction comes from (internal or external force). I do support security initiatives when they are effective while not inferring with daily operations. So, here are five reasons why I believe USB panic buttons are always the best option:
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In part two of this story, we explore the many benefits of locks and access control technology on campus.
By Robin Hattersley Gray · March 24, 2016
This article is the second part of a two-part cost/benefit analysis of locks and access control. Read part one here.
Now that we’ve covered the costs associated with locks and access control systems in part one, let’s look at their many benefits.
For campuses that choose to install locks on doors so teachers can lockdown their classrooms in the event of a mass shooting, history has shown us that this strategy does much to mitigate the carnage resulting from these tragedies. In the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, for example, “Not a single student or staff member was killed behind a locked interior door,” Safe Havens Executive Director Mike Dorn noted to CS in 2013. “This affords additional evidence that lockdown is still one of our most effective tools to prevent death in mass casualty school shootings.”
Although the death toll from Sandy Hook was horrific, with 20 children and six adults being killed, many lives were saved because lockdown was implemented quickly in most of the classrooms. What that number actually is we will never know, and it’s impossible to put a price tag on who was saved.
Rate of Other Crimes Decreases Too
Active shooter events are one of the most dramatic crimes that can occur on a campus, but what about other crimes? Access control and locks can reduce the occurrence of these types of incidents too.
“We have saved a substantial amount of money by locking down some of our dietary serving areas and nourishment closets on the patient floors,” says Carolinas HealthCare System Locksmith Supervisor and Application Specialist David Moore. “In one instance, we were losing hundreds of dollars per week over a two month period because people were getting into our serving area of the cafeteria after hours.”
Here’s an estimate of what your organization might spend on access control and locks, as well as the lives, resources and money you could save as a result of the installation of these technologies.
By Robin Hattersley Gray · March 22, 2016
This article is part one of a two-part cost/benefit analysis of locks and access control. Check out part two here.
One of the biggest challenges facing any school, hospital or college protection professional is demonstrating to other campus stakeholders the value of the various security and public safety technologies they want to adopt. Whether it’s a new or upgraded two-way radio system, emergency notification solution, video surveillance system or other technology, overcoming the perception that security is just a cost center can be daunting.
That’s why Campus Safety magazine is embarking on a new, year-long project to determine the actual costs of the security solutions that campuses frequently deploy, as well as the tangible and intangible benefits that are realized as a result of their adoption or upgrade.
This first installment focuses on access control and locks. In this article, several end users, consultants and manufacturers in healthcare and education discuss the expenses their organizations have incurred, as well as the benefits they’ve experienced as a result of their access control and lock upgrades. These benefits could include the prevention of crime, apprehension of suspects, brand/marketing improvements, insurance rate reduction, improved student/staff recruitment and retention, and force multiplier benefits.
What is the Actual Cost of Campus Crime?
The first challenge when conducting a cost/ benefit analysis of any security solution, be it technical or otherwise, is to determine the actual financial damages that are the result of crime. Of course, there really is no way to put a dollar amount on a life that’s been cut short or has been permanently altered as the result of a traumatic event, not to mention the impact on others. That being said, assessing financial damages appears to be the only quantifiable way to measure the losses associated with crime — even if this method may seem cold and calculating.
In addition to adopting various types of security and life-safety technologies, campuses must put an equal amount of effort into developing a culture of safety and wellness.
By Robin Hattersley Gray · March 28, 2016
I’m a big fan of security technology. The advances in two-way radios communications, video surveillance, emergency notification, access control, records management and even fire alarm systems are remarkable compared to 10 or even five years ago. If you are a regular reader of CS, most likely you too are a bit of a techno-phile, and you’ll enjoy my article titled Weighing the Costs of Campus Crime and the Benefits of Security Technology, Part 1 and Part 2. In this year-long project, I’m trying to get my arms around the real costs and benefits of the various types of security and life-safety technologies on the market today.
While working on this project, it was tempting for me to let the left side of my brain — the side that loves numbers and certainty — take over. I even went so far as to cite research from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations in an attempt to estimate the financial impact of various types of crimes, including murder and rape. But then again, how can you put a dollar value on a life that’s been lost or a psyche that has been severely traumatized? You can’t. Yet, many of us who are responsible for balancing budgets, risk management and/or the deployment of technology on campus could fall into this type of trap.
Hi, my name is John Kessler with CRS here to talk about alert notification systems. I have fifteen years of law enforcement experience… I’ve worked in a school and written safety plans… I’ve written incidence response plans. I have all that stuff for certification… all that stuff is great… But at the end of the day people are now looking for ways to responds… to increasingly possibilities of victimization. I hate to say it that way because it tends to scare people and they say “Oh My Gosh NO”. NO, That’s why I don’t watch the news… every time we do there’s a problem… and all this stuff… and I don’t want to be naive to the fact, but I want to be prepared to the fact… and today’s era.., we are seeing that violence is the way people are starting to respond more. Disgruntled employees…
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- Promotes Workplace Safety
The recent domestic and international events have many people thinking about workplace safety and security. A key element of a panic button is to get responders notified and responding as soon as possible. This lowers the possibility of injury to you and your staff. It’s always recommended to call 911 as soon as possible; however, picking up the phone may not always be an option. A panic button is a simple and cost-effective solution that can greatly strengthen response to any threat.
- Cost Effective
Having 15 years of experience in the industry, I have witnessed where organizations spend outrageous amounts of money on ineffective tools to promote workplace security. Purchased with good intentions, the realization that threats can come from any direction greatly minimizes the effectiveness of the product. A good technology-driven panic button system usually comes at a fraction of the cost of other products and offers more versatility.
Over the past several years I have given several presentations regarding safety and security. The common question I get is that all safety and security training and information focuses on the problem and doesn’t necessarily give a solution. That’s why I have always focused on giving solutions rather than stating the problem. Obviously, we know there’s a problem or I wouldn’t be there to discuss solutions. Let’s dig into what an incident response plan is and how to start implementing one for your facility.
What is an Incident Response Plan?
People may argue with me, but there is a big difference between a safety plan and an incident response plan. A safety plan encompasses all safety concerns that can happen on a daily basis. An incident response plan focuses on major events that could have a traumatic impact on the quality of life for you and patrons. An incident response plan should be simple and to the point. The biggest thing that can be accomplished by an incident response plan is giving your staff a proactive way to respond to a reactive situation. People always revert back to the way they were trained in high stress situations. Not being trained could result in unneeded panic that leads to a significant increase in the potential for injury.
In my 15 year tenure as a police officer I was able to attend several training classes and become certified in incident response. Today, the biggest threat that has most Americans worried is global terrorism; however, let’s not forget domestic terrorism as also being a threat. The first thing that comes to mind to most business managers is having the doors locked with a buzz-in system. Good idea? Let’s examine the concept of having a buzz-in system for your facility.