11 School Safety Mistakes Found During Site Assessments

Can you spot the school safety mistakes in these actual site assessment photos?

11 School Safety Mistakes Found During Site Assessments

One way to help ensure no safety or security issues slip through the cracks is through a security and vulnerability assessment (SVA).

An SVA for each school includes a systematic, physical examination of the interior of the building(s), the perimeter/parking lots and the surrounding areas. They allow campuses to find areas of liabilities they may not know existed, develop strategies for prevention and mitigation, and learn how to recover from manmade or natural events. They also help campuses identify their strengths.

Gary Sigrist, CEO and president of Safeguard Risk Solutions and a retired school district safety director, conducts dozens of SVAs each year. In his site assessments, he takes photos to illustrate safety hazards and gaps in emergency preparedness but also strong safety practices. Gary has provided us with hundreds of these photos in hopes that they will help our Campus Safety readers with their own safety and security planning.

Can you spot the mistakes in these 11 photos?

Want more? Here are the links to our previous SVA photo 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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