Don’t Make These 10 Campus Security Mistakes

These pictures, taken by security consultants, are examples of security mistakes that could put your campus and its people at serious risk.

Don’t Make These 10 Campus Security Mistakes

(Photo: Vitalii Vodolazskyi, Adobe Stock)

Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in 2019. Some information has been updated to reflect Clery changes but the content is still extremely relevant to those charged with protecting K-12, university, and hospital campuses.

Safety and security continue to be major concerns for hospital, K-12 and university campuses, consequently leading to increased scrutiny and some serious crackdown on mistakes that could be detrimental to student, patient or staff safety.

In the world of K-12 schools, this is evident as many states are demanding certain safety requirements be met. For example, in Florida, a sworn law enforcement officer must be stationed at every school, school boards must establish threat assessment teams at each school, and active shooter training must occur once a semester, among other things.

This is apparent for universities and colleges through the continued increase of Clery Act violations. The maximum fine per violation is now $62,689.

As a result, many campuses are investing in site assessments to bring to light both strengths and weaknesses. While so many are making positive improvements and learning from mistakes, others simply aren’t, and various consultants have captured these mistakes in their site assessments.

Some are very obvious mistakes that can easily be avoided while others might seem insignificant but can actually pose a grave threat to your campus.

Take a look to see if you can spot the campus security mistakes. And, if your campus is guilty of making the same or similar mistakes, be sure to take the necessary steps to address them.

Do you have any examples you think would be helpful to our readers? Send your photos to We’ll be sure to give you credit!

In case you missed them, here are our three previous campus security mistakes installments.

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About the Author


Amy is Campus Safety’s Executive Editor. Prior to joining the editorial team in 2017, she worked in both events and digital marketing.

Amy has many close relatives and friends who are teachers, motivating her to learn and share as much as she can about campus security. She has a minor in education and has worked with children in several capacities, further deepening her passion for keeping students safe.

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2 responses to “Don’t Make These 10 Campus Security Mistakes”

  1. Carley says:

    At this time I am going to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming again to read more news.

  2. Stephen Cerro says:

    The storage of chemicals on the shelving also needs to have proper labeling for each shelf to help prevent incompatible chemicals being stored together and the shelving needs to have 3/4 inch high shelf lips to help prevent the accidental tip over off the shelf of other chemical containers when reaching for one. In addition, the slide with unstable and too-high storage should state that storage should be arranged in a neat and orderly fashion and not be any closer to the ceiling than 18 inches if sprinklered and 24 inches if not sprinklered. Finally, I know what you’re trying to show with the tree branch, but the reality is that for someone really intent in breaching the fence, it looks to be faster and easier scaling the fence than climbing the tree.

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