Schools reflect their communities, and crime and personal conflict can occur within school facilities. Fortunately, the level and severity of these crimes are far lower compared with the community at large, but it still is necessary to take steps to enhance safety in school facilities.
Before school officials can address crime and safety, they must know the risks, vulnerabilities and threats their facilities may face. They also must understand what they are trying to protect and which safeguards can be put into place. With this knowledge, school officials can develop a road map to reduce risk.
One of the best ways to understand the threats and vulnerabilities confronting a school facility is to perform a risk assessment. This can be done internally by qualified security personnel or by an outside group with proper capabilities.