In response to the Northside ISD school lockdowns caused by shooting in close proximity to John Jay High School here in San Antonio in late October, many people asked us, “How can school districts increase their security without blowing their budget?!” Below, we suggest a few different tools that individual schools and entire districts can use to instantly increase the level of safety!
Note that, these suggestions do require upfront costs. But in the long haul, the costs are actually less expensive than alternatives!
Suggestions — How School Districts Can Increase Their Security
Use Artificial Intelligence
When it comes to AI, there are been major advancements! Recently, we started using a new system that detects the presence of a pulled gun. In best-case scenarios, no one should have a gun near or inside a school. However, we do not live in “best-case scenarios” and therefore, we (society) need to have a fast reaction anytime a gun is drawn. And that is exactly how this system helps! Even better, not only does it immediately recognize the gun, it can track the individual holding the gun as they move throughout a property.
Prior to this system, onsite security and police would have to identify threats while scanning multiple surveillance screens. Then, when a threat would move between rooms, the security team would have to quickly identify their location on screens that are set in random order. Ultimately, this old way of security monitoring has a lot of room for error.
Install Automatic Lock Features - Entry and Exit
Sure, the timing has to be spot-on for the above example to work. However, the timing always seems to be spot on when something horrible is happening.
Ultimately, giving police and school officials access to quickly lock down a building, preventing individuals from both entering AND exiting, can make a major difference in the level of security.