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...

Eversafe Security News February 2013

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Welcome to the first edition of Eversafe Security News for 2013!   We are very excited to be back… not that we really ever left, we spent our Christmas holidays looking after the security needs of many Melbourne schools who needed to upgrade their security before the new school year commenced!   If you are a parent we’re sure the health and safety of your children is always at the top of your mind, more so when they are away from you such as when they are at school or in public places. That is why we’re encouraging schools to take up our Free Security Inspection to make sure that they have the right kind of security monitoring and camera security in place to keep a watchful eye over your children when you can’t be there.   If you think your child’s school needs security improvements let them know. You can even direct them here to help them understand the importance of their responsibility.   In addition to schools we are also working with local Melbourne councils to improve community safety in public places. As a resident you have a right to expect your community is kept safe and secure by those people who you have elected to do so. We’re talking to Councils constantly, and you can get involved too, if there is an area in your community that is of particular concern for you, then send this link to your local council and get the conversation started about improved community security.   Of course we also offer Free Home and Business Security Inspections as part of our...

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...

School Security- do you really need it?

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How important is Security in Schools? Security in schools is extremely essential because children are the most important asset for any parents. The kids, being innocent,often fail to notice the potential dangers they can be faced with. They need to be kept secure and protected all the times, quite simply, because they can’t do that themselves. At times children unknowingly indulge in activities that are dangerous, for e.g. getting involved in fights and harming each other brutally. Our kids are the easiest targets for those who want to harm us. The organized crimes against children and child abuse activities make it even more important for implementation of proper security within the schools. For schools security equipment that creates an instant alarm and can show the exact place of an event is occurring are the most suitable. The equipment must be able to capture a broad area of footage. Some systems can detect abnormal smells, fume and noise. In the instance of schools, however, video surveillance is the most appropriate solution used to detect children’s mischief and fights as well. In a worst case scenario, security can be used to prevent sexual assaults, serious accidents and potential misconduct by teaching staff. Prevention in these instances is the best case scenario. Otherwise, incidents that become public can damage the school’s reputation and ruin years spent maintaining a clean record. Children are the most important part of any parents’ world, which means they will go to any length to keep them protected. A child’s security is something that all parents want to be completely sure of and ‘unsecured’ schools are the last...