In her article “Use Common Sense When Purchasing Campus Security Technology” for Campus Safety Magazine, editor Robin Hattersley-Gray makes the case for why the latest gadgets and products with buzz might not be the smartest investments.
As Hattersley-Gray writes on October 8, 2018, “In my line of work, I see a lot of security technology and solutions that are effective. I also see some that are downright silly, impractical or even dangerous. Unfortunately, when a highly publicized active shooter attack happens on a campus, some people let their fears outweigh their common sense. This makes them prone to making ill-advised technology and equipment purchases.
|A great example of this is bullet-proof backpacks, which can cost as much as $500 each. Inevitably after something like a Parkland, Sandy Hook or Virginia Tech tragedy happens, parents rush out to buy these things in hopes they will protect their children from the next school shooting.
She goes on to poking holes at a number of products (often quite expensive) that have arisen following major school incidents and she offers a compelling case as to why these products aren’t necessarily the right investments for schools. Case in point:
“I also have issues with schools installing ballistic classroom doors, which can cost around $4,000 each. In all my years running Campus Safety magazine and CampusSafetyMagazine.com, I have yet to hear of a school, university or hospital shooter successfully breaching a locked interior door. Even those wimpy push-button locks haven’t been breached (yet). That’s because active shooters almost always want high body counts. When they encounter a locked door, they simply move on to an entrance that isn’t locked or is a softer target.”
She concludes with a quick guide to some proven technologies. It’s a worthwhile read and falls in line with the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools approach to school security. Check out the full article here.
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