Why should your school invest in a security system before these summer holidays?

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Due to an increase in school violence, school safety has become challenging in Australia. Now that summer holidays are upon us, it is an appropriate time for schools to re-evaluate their buildings and ensure that they provide a safe environment for students upon their return from summer holidays. Prevent Thefts and Burglaries As a result of school closures during the summer holidays, the risk of theft and burglaries are increased. The intention of a security system is to prevent criminal behaviour and increase protection for the school premises. Having CCTV security systems installed in a school can help in deterring intruders from entering the premises. Minimise Vandalism Vandalism on school properties, especially during summer holidays is a common issue for Australian schools. The installation and use of a security system has been proven to minimise vandalism, either by identifying the perpetrator or deterring such activities from occurring in the first instance. Monitor problematic issues During summer holidays, it is uncommon for schools to monitor and keep track of all the activities that take place.  A security system is an easy and effective way for members of staff to monitor and view LIVE footage taken from security cameras. This footage can enable them to take real-time action in notifying law enforcement, in case of emergencies, and other dangerous situations that may occur on the school premises. Is your school secure? Call the team at Eversafe on (03) 900 10 900 for a free security assessment of your school premises. Eversafe will also provide you with recommendations for how you can protect children and...

School Security in Australia: Then and Now

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For many years in the past, learning institutions in the Land Down Under have continued carrying out its noble work of shaping minds and future leaders without having to deal with significant disruptions of a violent nature. Australian schools take pride in being safe academic havens for young learners, with international entities like he Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) affirming the exemplary performance of the school system in the country. In recent years, however, Australian citizens are witnessing the increased frequency of violent events in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe and in the United States. Vivid and jarring stories of children using guns in academic institutions have introduced themselves in the consciousness of Aussies, sparking concerns and fears that the same may happen in their own educational establishments. As a consequence, there have been calls to examine and make necessary improvements in school security in order to prevent such tragedies from happening in Australian schools. However, some government officials have commented that the institutions “already have well-established and effective security procedures, including lock-outs and lock-downs.” Rather, education authorities are more interested in giving the necessary assistance to kids who show signs and behaviour that will translate into violent action. In addition to that, some parents, union leaders, and teachers have expressed their confidence in the current system and believe that there is no need to increase security. But despite this, the government allocated $10 million for safety upgrades in at-risk educational institutions as it is taking no chances when it comes to the safety of kids. Jason Clare, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister...

Security Risks Every School Should Know of and Control

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How can you make your school a safe haven for young learners?   This is an important question that every administrator should revisit before opening those doors to welcome pupils to another year of learning. Implementing a variety of safety measures should be backed by information that truly supports the whys of setting the interventions in place. Otherwise, there will be loopholes in the system that still leave children, and even school staff and property, at risk.   To identify the most suitable safety measures for your own academic establishment, you should know the kind of risks that both learners and teachers face while in the premises. To help you determine these, take a look at this list:   Material Theft and damage to property due to fires or violence are some examples of threats that affect the function and quality of a device or tool. These are costly affairs and can also affect staff productivity, as well as quality of service.   Environmental Risks under this category are frequently triggered by natural causes, such as heavy snow, storms, floods, and earthquakes, among others. Although these may be seen as situations that are out of your control, there are ways to minimise their effects and make your school better prepared to respond to such events when they do happen.   Physical This mainly includes security threats that can lead to bodily injuries, such as accidentally bumping into sharp objects, falling down steps or on hard, rough surfaces, or being harmed by a second party. The causes may range from something as simple as a defective door, to something as...