Active shooter incidents are on the rise. According to FBI data, the U.S. saw nearly six times as many active shooter incidents between 2014 and 2015 as there were between 2000 and 2001. From schools, to churches and businesses, no environment is completely safe. There are, however, things you can do to protect yourself and your community.
One of the best ways to help prevent an active shooter situation in your facility is to manage access. An access control system ensures that only authorized people can enter the building and that visitors check in, check out, and provide identification.
An access control system can also be important during an active shooter incident. When a shooter can only enter a building from a single entrance, your security staff can be better positioned to locate, identify the person and respond effectively. This doesn’t just apply to schools and businesses.
David Poley, a Security Design Engineer at Fearing’s says, “Video intercom also gives churches the ability to schedule door access. For example, if you are late to service, you could push the intercom button letting someone inside know that you’re at the door. Access could then be allowed or denied based on the reply.”
Access Control allows you to access, open doors, set schedules and see who is in your building through a single administrative database that eliminates the need for traditional keys. Video Intercoms can be integrated with Access Control to allow someone in the building with the click of a mouse.
With cameras installed strategically throughout your facility, you gain the power to quickly spot suspicious activity, assess threats in real time, and respond. Bottom line, especially when schools are in session, doors should always be locked.
If you’re wanting to take security up a notch you can install an alert system. BluePoint Alert Solutions is a Rapid Emergency Response System (RERS) that instantly notifies emergency responders and building occupants of an emergency situation, expedites a rapid response, triggers emergency management protocols and ultimately saves lives.
Fearing’s can install panic buttons or pull stations for people to activate when they notice an emergency situation unfolding.
Audio detection technology can detect the sound of a scream or of a gunshot. Screams can be detected with a 90% accuracy with a distance of up to 53 feet. Gunshots has an 80% accuracy with a distance of up to 1,969 feet. There are many things you can do to help prevent and mitigate the impact of an active shooter incident – and ways you can enhance the speed and effectiveness of response if the worst-case scenario should occur. An essential and life-saving step is to deploy security technologies specific to your organization’s needs.
That’s where Fearing’s comes in. Find out what security solution would work best for your business or organization by talking with one of Fearing’s security experts. For more information on these technologies contact Fearing’s Audio Video Security today at (800) 252.2253 or set up a Free Expert Consultation now.