Why school security is as important as ever

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School security is vital for the safety of staff and students on any site. There are many different aspects to consider to keep your educational setting secure from those entering your premises. Yet you can’t be overzealous. Schools still have to seem welcoming to pupils, staff and authorised guests.

However, there has been a rise in the risks to schools in recent years that have put school security at the heart of policy. Terror threats, theft, and adults accessing grounds without authorisation are just some of the worries school leaders need to deal with.

Another common problem is that children can escape from school too easily. Children as young as four and five have been known to climb school fences and escape through gates.

Leaders are worried

A survey released in January 2019 found that parents and staff are unsatisfied with current school security measures. Leaders are also concerned that they don’t know enough about school security to secure school grounds satisfactory policies and decisions.

Yet, there are simple ways to help secure school premises from the various threats that are present.

Mesh fencing

One of the simplest ways to help protect your school setting is to install mesh fencing around your school. Mesh fencing is strong, flexible, cost-effective and doesn’t look too imposing. Mesh solutions are perfect for schools and act as the first barrier to deter potential criminals.

However, some of the most secure schools actually have two layers of fencing. One to protect the school perimeter and then another to segregate classrooms and playing areas from other areas of the school like the route to the reception.

Another benefit of school mesh fencing is that children find it challenging to climb due to the design, and there are no gaps for children to squeeze through. Therefore, a good mesh fence can be the perfect way to keep children inside the school grounds.

Adding to mesh fencing

Once you’ve installed a perimeter of mesh fencing on your school’s premises, you can start building other security aspects into your school. This can include CCTV, secure doors and other measures. However, these should supplement a secure perimeter rather than replace them.

With these tips in place, you should start to feel that your school is more secure and children can learn and play safely at your school.

School Security is as important as anything else! Contact Zaun today for more information

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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