“Engage a security designer early in the building design process to incorporate Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). The goal of CPTED is to deter criminal behavior through multi-disciplinary design strategies, applying the principles of natural surveillance, natural controlled access, and territorial reinforcement. The design should maximize the ability for people to observe the space around them, see and be seen. It should use physical features to guide pedestrians, both inside and outside, while creating perception of risk to potential offenders.
Training is also critical for educational institutions to understand the nuances of lockdown or lockout protocols. Without it, lockdown and lockout protocols are sometimes misunderstood by building users and safety officials. A full lockdown may put occupants in harms’ way, leaving them trapped in corridors or common areas and exposed to threat. In a crisis, operators can remotely initiate a lockdown, including perimeters and interior shelter rooms. Panic duress buttons are often distributed in large spaces, such as classrooms, and can initiate building lockdown. Alternatively, once an emergency message is broadcast, designated shelter in place rooms can utilize a local lockdown button or door mechanism, allowing faculty members the ability to monitor their local area, shelter those in the vicinity, and secure interior doors once appropriate.”
—Scott Ondik, Senior Security and Telecommunications Designer, SmithGroup
“In the case of student housing, we often suggest positioning units one story up, and incorporating security elements like card readers to gain