What is a Break-In?
A break-in is an unauthorized entry by force. Break-ins occur in even the safest areas and in most cases, unoccupied buildings are the main target. Doors are the #1 point of entry for thieves because of the ease of getting in and out quickly.
In a period of one year, the nation’s 84,000 public schools have experienced 99,000 break-ins. The impact of these acts not only cost the school in repairs they also have an effect on the community. The increase of break-ins in U.S schools has motivated administrators to make school safety a top priority.
There is more than one type of break-in associated with these facilities and they typically fall into three categories:
- Professional: Intruders are skilled in the art of trespassing and enter areas containing expensive equipment that can be sold. Generally leaving without damage.
- Vicious: Trespasser causes substantial damage and usually destroy valuables rather than steal them
- Annoyance: Culprit is normally a youth breaking in for the thrill rather than to cause any type of destruction.
While protecting your doors is vital to your building's protection, there are additional measures you can implement to support your door security. This guide addresses security tips for businesses and places of education.
ADDITIONAL SECURITY MEASURES
Make it a Team Effort
Putting systems in place to be sure your facility is secure from intruders is one of the key elements in preventing a break-in. Assigning employees with individual tasks will make the job more manageable. Heighten security in between school hours, weekends and vacation periods.
Provide Security Lighting
A well-lit area will make it easy to spot someone who is attempting to vandalize or break-in your building. A well-lit area will increase the chances of a witness.
Signs or Stickers
Placing an alarm system, surveillance signs and stickers at your facility doors, windows and all other entrance points is a great deterrent from burglary.
Physically check that all windows are securely locked and doors are equipped correctly with Security Latch® bars at the end of each business day. This will allow you to be confident in your efforts to keep your facility safe.
Report & Replace
Make sure your staff knows to report broken or damaged security equipment. Broken latches or locks should be reported promptly and replaced immediately. Any unsecured access point leaves you in danger of a crime.
Be sure all doors are mounted in a good frame and have Security Latch® bars properly installed. Having Security Latches on all panic doors will prevent unauthorized access to your facility by acting as a physical barrier. Focus on passageways where valuable items are stored, reinforcing door hardware makes pulling or pushing a locked door difficult for burglars.
Installing Security Latch™ bars in your facility and following these tips you should feel confident in your efforts to defend your building.