As many schools begin sending students back, the conversation is mostly surrounding safety and health procedures as it pertains to COVID. However, schools also must still focus on school security as a result of the events of the past several years. Most notably, districts are discussing what steps can be taken to avoid incidents from occurring in the future. The ability to restrict access to the school is at the forefront of any security discussion.
An article in District Administration Magazine entitled “Building Blocks of a School Security Plan” discussed particular strategies that can be implemented to improve the safety of a school. One of the items mentioned in the article was utilizing security window film to make it harder for someone to forcefully enter the facility.
As the article states:
“Make your building perimeter harder to penetrate. If you already have locks on your outside doors, the next item you should consider on your list is security film for your windows. After the doors, the next obvious place a person with bad intentions will try to enter the building is through your windows. Security film maintains the integrity of the window, even if the glass is broken. It helps to hold the glass in place, acting as a screen that is difficult to breach, even with a sledge hammer or baseball bat. I believe that simple is better. Make sure that your plan is based on principles such as distance or time. Ask yourself, Does this security device offer my community additional time by delaying the threat?”
One of the best things about a security window film is that, when installed professionally, it can be hard to know that anything is even on the glass. A typical would be intruder does not expect the delayed entry that the film produces, and that serves to buy authorities more time to respond. This technology has been used for many years to thwart smash and grab burglary attempts in retail store settings. In these situations, every extra moment counts and security window film delivers additional time for authorities to respond.
If you have any questions or would like more information on how security window film can add a layer of security to school facilities, contact Energy Control of Iowa today by calling (319) 423-9663 or emailing us at email@example.com.