3 Things That Can Protect College Residence Halls
October 17th, 2019
Did you know that there is an average of 11,000 robberies in college and university residence halls around the U.S. every year? Not only do these robberies take away money and possessions of college students who are already struggling, but they also take away a sense of security. Criminal intrusion can take away peace of mind and put extra stress on students who are under enough stress from trying to make good grades and figuring out how to fit in.
If you manage a property that houses students, you need to be diligent in securing the area from unwanted crime. With the right security equipment, a university has the power to deter theft, monitor student activity, and receive emergency notifications in real-time. All of this can be done with IP surveillance cameras, access control systems, and monitored alarms.
1 - IP Surveillance Cameras
People are constantly coming and going to residence halls. From parents to guests, and the students themselves, people are always in action. By placing IP surveillance cameras in the right positions, residence managers and campus security can oversee all of this activity from a remote location. Live and recorded footage can be viewed on a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. Cameras should be placed in the following public areas:
- Common rooms
- Entrances to dorm rooms
- Laundry rooms
- Parking lots
Cameras should not be placed in non-public areas. Areas such as bathrooms and dorm rooms hold an expectation of privacy. Avoid legal ramifications and ask your security provider for proper installation.
2 - Access Control Equipment
Access control systems can help you track the people who enter residence halls and dorm rooms. They also allow residence managers to limit entry to authorize certain individuals at certain times. Access control cards can eliminate problems with stolen or lost keys, as they can be canceled once reported missing. Access control systems can be paired with IP surveillance systems so that suspicious activity can be cross-referenced. Every student or staff member who needs access to a building can be assigned their own unique identifier using the following tools:
- Access cards
- Intercom systems
- Photo I.D. systems
- Swipe readers
3 - Monitored Alarms And Detectors
Monitored alarms and detectors can identify suspicious movements or environmental threats. Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can detect the presence of these harmful substances before they can affect the students. These devices also have mobile capabilities that connect to the system for viewing on a tablet, laptop, or smartphone. If an alarm is triggered, a 24/7 monitoring center will be notified and the emergency responder will be dispatched.
At Reliant Systems, we don’t take security lightly; especially when it comes to protecting college students and staff in the local residence halls. Our experienced team has access to the latest and greatest security systems available. The right security steps combined with the right security systems can make a big difference when it comes to diverting a potential tragedy. Want to learn more? Contact us today.