Security Dealer & Integrator

SEP 2018

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50 Security Dealer & Integrator / September 2018 morning hours while adding an addi- tional level of security. Further, a combination of a vesti- bule with remote or wireless access control systems enables perimeter lockdown to be achieved quickly and effectively. By locking down the exte- rior doors remotely – and allowing for staff to use their own situational awareness to lock interior doors – it creates a much more difficult environ- ment for an individual trying to illic- itly enter the building. Constant Monitoring and Repair e final component to integrating the correct products is to constantly mon- itor the doors and hardware and pro- vide upkeep and maintenance. Schools are high-impact environ- ments and openings can be subject to high levels of abuse. Ensuring that latches are latching, locks are engaging and automatic closers have the correct level of force to actually close is critical to making sure the building is secure. In addition, check for anything out of the ordinary. Taped-over locks, desks and boxes blocking fire exits and – of course – code-breaking sec- ondary locking devices are oen found during routine checks. Correct these issues as soon as they are discovered. If schools do not have the resources to internally conduct these checks and repairs, security service providers can offer it as part of a service contract, • 30 shots of 7.62 mm ammunition fired at door and hardware; and • A four-minute attack by a single assailant using various hand tools. While the door or glass may not stop a bullet from penetrating the opening, the attack-resistant door assembly must remain intact, prevent- ing an attacker from breaching the opening. Furthermore, these open- ings can be designed using lightweight materials – such as hollow metal – so they can still be operated by small chil- dren in day-to-day use. e result of installing an open- ing of this nature is that it meets the desire for supplemental protection for individual classrooms while doing so in a code-compliant and safety con- scious way. Think Beyond Classroom Doors Another solution that can alter the level of need for increased security on interior doors is to rethink a school's ingress and egress patterns. Reducing the number of school entrances to just a few locations – such as a main entrance, a staff entrance and a cafeteria loading dock – provides a much greater ability to monitor indi- viduals as they enter the campus. If the main entrance becomes the only location accessible without access control, then a vestibule can be installed that greatly increases secu- rity. is location would preferably have an exterior set of doors to enter the vestibule, a staffed check-in setup for visitors to provide identification and reason for being at the campus, a security check such as a metal detector, and another set of doors that exits the vestibule into the school. is arrangement enables a reduced number of security staff to efficiently and effectively vet individuals as they enter the building. An efficient deployment also allows for quick entrance by students in the further solidifying the trusted partner relationship. is step is simply too important not to execute properly. Post-Installation Schools can draw on the resources and knowledge of locksmiths, dealers, integrators and other security profes- sionals. Build a partnership with your local schools to help keep them safe and secure. In turn, both schools and security professionals should reach out to manufacturers that provide prod- ucts, training and other resources to ensure success. Finally, aer products are installed, make a point of communicating to the entire school the correct way to implement these solutions for the best results. Practicing using these sce- narios through drills is important to ensuring everyone executes appropri- ately when the need occurs. Fully understanding how these products work helps staff understand why they should not alter an opening with a door jam or a secondary locking device. If the correct solutions are inte- grated, and staff executes a response according to plan, these solutions will keep our schools safe. ■ » Ron Baer is Director of Business Development – K-12 for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. Request more info about the company at Back to School SECURITY School districts have invested in secondary locking devices – only to be told later that local or state fire marshals would not sign off on the modification . Worse yet, there may be locations where secondary locks are being installed against code.

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