Campus Security Information in Houston
Mobile Security Patrols
Since many school shooters and others who have committed violent acts on campuses had relatively easy access to the campus, some security experts believe mobile security patrols by well-trained private security officers could make a tremendous difference in acting as a deterrent to those seeking to enter a campus to harm others. For private security agencies such as Ranger Guard and Investigations, mobile patrols have been shown to be very effective in reducing criminal activity in numerous situations. By using guards who can be armed if needed, patrols can be done by both foot and vehicle, using different routes and times day and night. By using this strategy, those who may be scouting a potential target will have a difficult time ascertaining a good time to inflict harm, and may choose to abandon any plans they may have formulated. In using vehicles that are clearly marked to resemble police cars, Ranger Guard and Investigations patrol units often reduce criminal activity by as much as 25 percent within one month, making them a viable option for enhanced campus security.
Because virtually everyone agrees about the importance of campus security, using advances in today’s security technology, such as video surveillance methods, has gained in popularity in recent years. For most campuses, this means installing high-definition cameras throughout the school grounds, along with establishing a state-of-the-art video monitoring center that is constantly monitored by campus security guards. By establishing a monitoring center, security guards can simultaneously view many different areas of campus, and alert administrators and first responders if trouble arises. In these cases, security agencies such as Ranger Guard and Investigations trains its officers in the use of today’s most sophisticated video surveillance systems, as well as in emergency communications and coordinating with first responders in the event of an emergency.
Law Enforcement and Military Experience
In many discussions concerning what is campus security, many people recommend using retired police officers or military veterans to act as campus security officers. However, rather than try to rely on these individuals to act as volunteers, it’s often best to hire the services of a professional private security agency that actively recruits applicants who have previous experience in law enforcement, military operations, government service, or other related fields. In doing so, not only will a campus have well-trained professional security guards, but will also gain peace of mind knowing the guards on duty at their campus have been trained in such areas as Anti-Terrorism Tactics, Defensive Tactics, K-9 Security, Access Control and Bag Searches, and First Aid/CPR.
While there is no doubt professional security officers are capable of handling virtually any situation they encounter on a school campus, it’s still important to have supervisory personnel available to lend their expertise when needed. Because of this, Ranger Guard and Investigations always makes sure supervisory personnel are available 24/7, which can be of particular importance to college campuses. From assisting during an emergency to answering the questions of administrators or others, this can go far in helping to give everyone an added sense of security. And to make sure all security procedures are being followed as they should, supervisors make regularly scheduled spot checks daily, which lets them see for themselves what is occurring, and if any adjustments need to be made.