A Physical Security Expert Gives Best Practices for Lockdowns and Door Locks

Campus Safety speaks with RETA Security President Paul Timm to get tips for upgrading door locks and executing effective lockdowns.

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These days, nearly every campus has a lockdown procedure in place and many have locking mechanisms on classroom doors.

Having the equipment in place and flawlessly implementing a lockdown, however, are two very different things.

The issues students had with door locks during the tragic shooting at UCLA last week have been widely reported, but publicizing those flaws is only useful if we can learn from them.

To talk about common mistakes institutions make when upgrading door locks and implementing lockdown procedures, Campus Safety spoke with President of RETA Security Paul Timm. Timm has been a security consultant for nearly 20 years and is the author of School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program.

In our interview, Timm gives some big picture lockdown advice and offers a nuanced view of the differences between classroom and front entrance security.

We hope you get some takeaways that help you protect the people on your campus.

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