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5 Ways for Schools to Prevent Unwanted Visitors on Campus

5-ways-for-schools-to-prevent-unwanted-visitors-on-campusMany school campuses are designed to be spacious and welcoming, with multiple buildings typically featuring several entrances and exits, along with large windows. There are usually a few secluded spots too, be it by intentional design or otherwise.

But while most school campuses are designed to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, these same features can have a detrimental effect on campus security. Sadly, a school campus will likely have to deal with some unwanted visitors, in which case taking the right security precautions are important for preventing trespassers making their way onto the school grounds.

Here are 5 ways a school can prevent unwanted visitors on campus:

1. A Robust Fencing Perimeter

Installing a fencing perimeter is one of the cheapest yet most effective security measures for a school. By setting a firm perimeter around the campus grounds, any would-be trespassers are immediately deterred.  Electronically controlled automatic sliding gates can provide vehicle access for authorized personnel.

A fence and gate system will also help to filter any visitors through the designated entrances that feature the highest level of security, so any unwanted visitors will be immediately noticed in most instances. While fences cannot prevent all trespassers, the person’s presence will be a lot more noticeable should they attempt to gain entry away from normal entrances, such as by attempting to climb over the fence.

2. Include a Single Point of Entry

By limiting access to a single point of entry, you limit how much access an unwanted visitor has. With fewer ways to enter the school grounds, trespassers will either be completely deterred or forced to pass the high security spots, such as the main entrance of the campus. Here, security measures can quickly identify possible threats from any unwanted persons.

Of course, having just a single entrance is unfeasible in most campuses, so it’s important that all other entry points remain locked during class, with the only access permitted through the single point of entry.

3. Use Cameras and Intercoms

Cameras provide one of the best forms of a security for a school. Any unwanted visitor can be quickly identified when nearby or on campus grounds, especially when there is limited access that makes them more visible.

Similarly, entry points that cannot have strong security presence such as a guard can benefit from cameras and intercoms for screening any visitor, making it easy to identify those that shouldn’t be allowed entry.

4. Increased Staff During Peak Times

There are two points in the day when security risks may be higher in school – arrival and leaving. With hundreds of students making their way to or from classes, campus grounds become much busier, therefore making potential security threats harder to detect.

A higher presence of monitoring staff is a great way to reduce risks and help spot unwanted visitors. Schools may hire security or have teaching and support staff take on monitoring duties, although effective training is necessary for spotting threats and knowing the best responses.

5. A Comprehensive Visitor Management System

Screening visitors is one of the most effective ways to prevent unwanted access as it allows possible threats to be easily identified. Providing visitor access through basic paper management system can make it easier for unwanted to visitors to manipulate their way through, so a strong electronic system is highly recommended for most schools.

It allows the reception office the opportunity to thoroughly screen visitors using electronic databases. For instance, some can check the veracity of visitor identification, while others can flag individuals as threats prior to their visit, so if they arrive at the school they are identified as an unwanted visitor.

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I have to say that the service at Superior Gate Services was fantastic. Cindy first took my call and was super helpful and friendly.  We just bought a home that has an electric gate and we wanted it repaired and serviced.  She managed to get us into a slot the next day and called that next morning to give us a time range. Great follow-up! Our technician Sean (I hope I remembered his name correctly) was awesome and went through the repairs,  and gave several operating and home maintenance tips to my husband.  This company aims to please on all counts and delivers !!  We will be using them again and would definitely recommend them.


Kathy F - Fallbrook, CA

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2016-06-21T16:27:20+00:00

Kathy F - Fallbrook, CA

I have to say that the service at Superior Gate Services was fantastic. Cindy first took my call and was super helpful and friendly.  We just bought a home that has an electric gate and we wanted it repaired and serviced.  She managed to get us into a slot the next day and called that next morning to give us a time range. Great follow-up! Our technician Sean (I hope I remembered his name correctly) was awesome and went through the repairs,  and gave several operating and home maintenance tips to my husband.  This company aims to please on all counts and delivers !!  We will be using them again and would definitely recommend them.

I got a quote the same afternoon I inquired, had the gate installed within a week, and Scott and his crew have always gone above and beyond to help out, even reconnecting my garage wires that the dog ripped out when they were just quoting me on the gate. If I've ever had any trouble, they go out of their way to come out promptly and help in anyway they can... Obviously without ever charging me for a visit. Highly recommend!!


Ashley L - San Diego, CA

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2016-06-21T16:27:47+00:00

Ashley L - San Diego, CA

I got a quote the same afternoon I inquired, had the gate installed within a week, and Scott and his crew have always gone above and beyond to help out, even reconnecting my garage wires that the dog ripped out when they were just quoting me on the gate. If I've ever had any trouble, they go out of their way to come out promptly and help in anyway they can... Obviously without ever charging me for a visit. Highly recommend!!

Nothing but positive things to say about this company. I had called them last week first when my automatic gate stopped working but then remembered that I had a home warranty so told them never mind but then it ended up not being covered. So I emailed them back and they called me the next business day and came over within an hour! Scott came out and told me it just needed some tuning up and the actual opener was in good shape and one of the best ones. So he did a tune up and he helped me change the code for my gate opener!


Megan J - Temecula, CA

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2016-06-21T16:28:14+00:00

Megan J - Temecula, CA

Nothing but positive things to say about this company. I had called them last week first when my automatic gate stopped working but then remembered that I had a home warranty so told them never mind but then it ended up not being covered. So I emailed them back and they called me the next business day and came over within an hour! Scott came out and told me it just needed some tuning up and the actual opener was in good shape and one of the best ones. So he did a tune up and he helped me change the code for my gate opener!

Called these guys off their positive yelp reviews after getting the run around from another contractor. They took my first service call and responded quickly and took care of the problem and worked around my schedule. Since that first call uv had two other properties needing their services and just like the first call no hassles. Show up take care of it and reasonable prices. They don't hit you with extras like some others do they fix the problem and then they do a full tune up and cleaning on the gate at the same time. My other contractor would charge extra to do the tune up. That's dumb. Just make it happen. That's what they do. They just make it happen without taking you to the bank. Thanks superior for being on the team, your a great asset.


Steve O - Temecula, CA

5.0
2016-06-21T16:28:39+00:00

Steve O - Temecula, CA

Called these guys off their positive yelp reviews after getting the run around from another contractor. They took my first service call and responded quickly and took care of the problem and worked around my schedule. Since that first call uv had two other properties needing their services and just like the first call no hassles. Show up take care of it and reasonable prices. They don't hit you with extras like some others do they fix the problem and then they do a full tune up and cleaning on the gate at the same time. My other contractor would charge extra to do the tune up. That's dumb. Just make it happen. That's what they do. They just make it happen without taking you to the bank. Thanks superior for being on the team, your a great asset.
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