• Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

Campus security pros tell us about their access control and lockdown successes

ByJanice K. Merrill

Oct 4, 2022

See how Access Control and Locking survey participants explain how their technologies work for them.

We asked participants in the 2022 Campus Lockdown and Access Control Survey to tell us about the successes they’ve had with their programs. Here’s what some of them had to say.

  • We use a variety of locking systems and are actively working to improve/streamline some of these systems. We have a strong and secure system in place to be a small private school in the country with limited funds to work with.
  • We eventually converted to a single system on campus.
  • Card access badges have been periodically added to the system and work well.
  • Building door proximity card readers restrict access to the administration building 24/7/365, and to academic buildings after hours, unless programmed by computer for an after hours event.
  • The frequency of incidents increased the likelihood that staff would take it seriously and not dismiss the topic.
  • We had police activity nearby and the playground supervisors decided to send the students. It was nice to just use my card to open the doors and know that when all the students were in the building and closed the door, it was already locked. .
  • Prevents unruly children from entering other classrooms.

  • We caught a visitor on the license scan. He came as an aggressor.
  • We recently performed a “safe” lockdown (not a full lockdown). All staff performed their duties perfectly.
  • Maintenance personnel easily submit work orders on faulty doors and locks when prompted.
  • The access control system was great for finding out who tried to disarm a school but left before responders could get there. I can go back and find out who it was and make sure it doesn’t happen again or we close their after hours access.
  • The trial tested some wireless locks that work with the system successfully. As for our next construction project, 99% card access on all doors.
  • Our campus has the ability to secure all exterior doors leading to the campus, allowing us to quickly lock down the campus.
  • We have included the ability to remotely lock each building individually as well as the entire campus with a quick procedure. Our newly acquired and refurbished areas recently underwent a specification change regarding the use of intrusion locks in our classrooms.
  • Visitors still sometimes think they can enter the school and are surprised when the doors are locked and they cannot enter. Some try to enter through doors other than the main office out of confusion where the front doors are even though the reception desk is clearly marked. Access control prevents this access. We are also able to speak to the visitor through some of our cameras and redirect them to the front office.
  • Wired in-line access control that provides remote locking capability.
  • DHS came and did the assessment.
  • Every new measure we put in place is a success! Safety was understood/acknowledged but NOT an active priority. The owners/managers take a very active step to ensure that new security measures are established and followed daily. Safety is on par with the importance of learning objectives/outcomes!!
  • Students clearly know where they need to evacuate and how to lock in.
  • Reduce the number of public entrances. Work to improve locking capabilities.
  • We haven’t had to close our campus in the past few years. Most of our university buildings and all of our halls of residence have card access control. Most buildings on campus have at least one exterior door that is card-accessible for after-hours access so we don’t have to hand out keys to buildings other than those whose responsibility it is to unlock the building during normal business hours.
  • Access control was a hit – the ability to lock the doors remotely is a nice feature, but the doors are still locked.
  • We are conducting many lockdown drills in all of our secondary schools with SROs, of which there are 5 in our county. A school shooting happened at a school in Douglas County (Millard South High School, from which ALL agencies and schools have learned and done better since then. I believe it was a great wake up call that this CAN happen .And if we DON’T PREVENT more from happening.We have SROs here who are highly trained in active shooter training and we are proud of that.We also have K-9s patrolling schools in our county for drugs. We tested the access control and lock exercises and everyone did very well.
  • All exterior doors are locked and accessed by access control systems.
  • Video surveillance allows rapid identification of people who enter.
  • We were able to isolate an individual who entered the building through an exterior door by closing the interior doors.
  • We have made improvements to the security of our main entrances. We are currently conducting a construction project at the elementary level to improve door access control. Will be two sets of front doors actually in our main building.
  • We recently upgraded our security vestibule to include double locking doors and separate entry doors for staff and visitors. The upgrade also included installing a “banking drawer” for any materials visitors might want to deposit. We have attempted to restrict visitor access as much as possible; no visitors are permitted beyond the walk-in vestibule.
  • Most of our schools are closed. All staff and visitors are requested to go through a single point to connect to the campus. All staff carry ID. Good working relationship with local police.
  • Visitors do not always find the reception and try to enter through other doors. Cameras and audio are available at these other gates so we can direct them. People are still surprised when they shoot at a door and it is locked.
  • Our secretarial staff who regulate the flow of our 1 POE to the school do an excellent job.
  • Newly added electronic access to outside dorms.
  • Recently, we changed where our students could enter and leave the school. Limit access points.
  • We recently moved to every building that has at least one electronic access control point.
  • Added and updated some access points in several of our buildings.
  • The door found open was reported within 90 seconds by several staff members.
  • Newly added weapons detection systems for all of our secondary schools and will work on elementary schools as funds permit
  • Access cards reduced the possibility of exterior doors remaining unlocked. All classroom doors are always locked and require a key to enter. All exterior doors are always locked and require a key or access card to enter.
  • Modern and more secure locking systems and security practices/approaches on campus over the past 3 years.
  • We have immediate lockout capabilities for all of our emergency services. This happens almost every day due to criminal trauma in our communities. That works well.
  • We are located on the edge of our town center which is frequented by homeless people. Our magnetic door locks allow us to screen people to make sure no one has mental health or addiction issues. If so, staff meet them outside to help the person.
  • We had no negative incidents, which are probably avoided by perimeter observation, digital video system and comprehensive intruder alarm system
  • Wired and online management of electronic access control. Mechanical cellar locks mean no one can accidentally leave a door unlocked.
  • We are making progress in changing the mindset of our teachers. Some teachers still try to keep their classroom doors open, but our training and swipes minimize this behavior.
  • Code Red procedures are more proactive and reactive to secure students in classrooms
  • We are currently installing remote and electronic door locks.
  • We recently instituted that all departments must submit a list of expected Agency personnel to security. If the visitor is not on the list, their access must be verified or denied.
  • We had a non-student on campus who was able to enter an unlocked side door. Once we saw the individual, we locked the doors remotely, then the manually locked doors, we had an officer lock that door and escort the individual off campus. .
  • Every time we do containments, whether for a real situation or a drill, we discover something that can be corrected or changed. Such as faulty door locks.
  • Staff response to an unannounced intruder event. 95% responded appropriately to secure their area(s).
  • We add panic buttons.
  • Teachers can initiate a lockdown from their classroom.
  • We are currently updating our locks. Key fobs and individually wired doors with keypads will be replaced by interoperable access cards and door systems. Access can be programmed and controlled with the new systems.

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About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin Hattersley-Gray, Chief Editor

Robin has covered the campus security and law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and is the author of an award-winning editorial on law enforcement and campus security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video , Network Integration, Event Management, Crime Trends, Clery Law, Title IX Compliance, Sexual Assault. , dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured in national and local media and was previously associate editor of the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She received her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.