10 Steps to Creating A Campus Security Master Plan
From updating their SOC to incorporating construction plans, here are the security measures campuses should consider to improve their safety and security.
Hospitals, schools and universities have historically focused their physical security efforts on areas perceived to be known threats or in response to issues or events that have occurred in the past. Reactive responses to issues and events, however, should not be the primary driver of campus security.
Recently, campus security directors and police officials have started taking a hard look at their campus protection programs, and many have discovered that security master plans can be an excellent way to improve overall safety. Campuses that create these types of plans will be better prepared to build a program that provides the level of information, control and awareness necessary to be proactive in mitigating risks, as well as responding to incidents.
There are many steps in the development of a security master plan. The form it takes hinges on the current condition of the campus and the processes that are in place and operational. There is not a canned approach to creating or improving a physical security design. Each campus is unique and must be customized to fit the needs, concerns and expectations of its constituents.
To develop an effective plan, it is critical to document the campus’ security mission and physical security objectives, in addition to equipment and technology to be used in securing the campus. The security master plan must also take into consideration the impact and effect it will have on the population of the campus and the level of control needed to create a sense of security and safety by those working, visiting, living, and/or occupying space there.
The following steps will help you create the best plan for your healthcare or educational institution.
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