How Access Control Can Be a Target Hardening Measure

How Access Control Can Be a Target Hardening Measure

No one will argue that keeping students, faculty, and staff safe during and after-school hours is a top priority. Parents want schools to provide a secure place to send their children to learn. Businesses want schools to be safe so that they can attract good workers to the community. Safe learning environments enhance the ability of teachers to teach and students to learn.

Incidents such as those at Sandy Hook Elementary School have brought the subject of school safety to the forefront – making the safety of students and staff a critical responsibility for every school official. Schools must decide how they will create and maintain safe schools. A safe and secure school is not an option, but rather an expectation.

To assist school districts in reducing risk and achieving their safety goals, this white paper will discuss three areas to consider when implementing security measures, including:

  • The mix of security measures in K-12 schools
  • Types of access control solutions for K-12 schools
  • Access control as a “target hardening” measure – making committing a crime more difficult, reducing the opportunities for criminals to achieve their goal and making schools a safer place for students to learn.

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