School Security: Other Criminal Activity

        Prepare Your School for Security and Disaster Threats


Be aware of criminal activity that occurs within 1,000 feet of school property. This can include crimes such as gang activity, selling drugs and physical assaults. Crime prevention can include:

     • Advising staff and volunteers to report any suspicious persons or
     activity in or around the building.

     • Closed Circuit Television can serve as an excellent crime deterrent,
     and when the system is equipped with a recorder it can help solve crimes.

     • Discussing security with your local police department. Police
     departments are often very willing to provide information and support to
     local schools and child care facilities.

A natural disaster or security risk could happen in your school any day. It is imperative that you have a plan to handle these potential risks, both to ensure the safety of your students and staff and to avoid a financial crisis that could shut down your school. To prepare for the unexpected, you should review your security and disaster readiness plans to help you minimize the impact of any potentially threatening situation.

Keeping your building secure from outside criminals or unauthorized personnel is a paramount responsibility. Assess your facility’s current security features and determine where improvements should be made.