Industry leader identifies vital school security practices to address today’s threats
Dublin, Ireland (October 13, 2014) — School leaders face unprecedented security challenges that require them to stay current on the latest security technologies and protocols. Unfortunately, many of our K-12 buildings are antiquated and access to funding for upgrades is limited. In advance of National Safe Schools Week (October 19-25), Allegion plc (NYSE: ALLE) has identified three critical security practices to help school leaders address evolving security threats.
“Recent attacks in our nations’ schools—including 74 school shooting incidents since Sandy Hook—signal an immediate need to change our approach to school security. Unfortunately, the motivation to evaluate and update security technologies and protocols tends to wane between high-profile events,” said Tim Eckersley, Allegion SVP, President Americas. “We can’t afford to wait until the next tragedy to do something. Every student, parent and educator deserves a school that is secure in the face of any threat, including armed intruders and natural disasters.”
Regardless of available budget, here are three things every school should do to keep students and staff safe through improved physical security:
“The bottom line is that the ability to lock down safely and efficiently helps save lives when a school is facing a threat. Regardless of which of these three recommended lock down systems a school uses, drills should be practiced on a regular basis. Staff and students should know exactly what to do and where to go in the case of an emergency. This should be the number one security priority in all U.S. schools,” said Eckersley.
Allegion plc (NYSE: ALLE) creates peace of mind by pioneering safety and security. As a $2 billion provider of security solutions for homes and businesses, Allegion employs more than 8,000 people and sells products in more than 120 countries across the world. Allegion comprises more than 25 global brands, including strategic brands CISA®, Interflex®,LCN®, Schlage® and Von Duprin®. For more, visitwww.allegion.com.
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