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In 2020, there were 27,300 reported crimes on college campuses. These crimes included theft and burglaries. No matter what age group your educational institution instructs, you know as a leader that safety is the number one priority.

You must have a safe and secure environment for students to learn and thrive. It’s also important for your staff to feel safe. School violence has been on the rise for years, giving a lot of people anxiousness and doubts about the safety of schools. With a security system, you can help alleviate some of those doubts and relieve anxiousness. Read more about security in schools below.

What Is a School Security System?

A school security system is the measures, processes, software, and hardware used to create a safe learning environment. These measures could include security cameras in schools, door alarms, or other door security devices. A security system is usually complex and designed to mitigate the unique risks found in the education industry.

Risks Schools Face:

Schools of all sizes, from K-12 to universities, face a variety of risks. With a lot of people coming and going at all times, it can be a challenge to address the security risks. The most common risks for educational facilities include:

Unauthorized Visitors

You must have a way to control who is visiting your school. This is much harder to do on a college campus because there are so many buildings. K-12 schools are a bit easier to control access to the building.

Unauthorized visitors pose a ton of threats to your school, students, and staff. They could have ill intentions, become violent, or even worse. You must have a security system that includes a way to control and monitor access to your property.

Theft or Vandalism

Theft and vandalism are impactful risks most schools face. Of the reported crimes on college campuses, 33% were theft. There are several ways a security system could prevent these crimes.

First, a surveillance system would help to deter theft. Those who aim to steal are less likely to try when they know they are being watched and recorded. Many security systems offer 24/7 monitoring so your school is always protected.

Second, access control would record each entrance into your facility. This is also a way to control crimes because you can determine who is allowed in specific areas. Access control is a great way to secure assets and dorms.

And lastly, people are less likely to commit any crime if they know the school has a security system. Simply putting up signs and warnings that the school is protected can be enough to prevent some incidents.

Cyber Threats

Educational facilities are targets of cyber threats. Their networks hold a lot of personal students, family, and educational information. It’s vital your security system recognizes and addresses potential cyber threats. A few of the most common are:

  • Phishing
  • Malware
  • Ransomware attacks
  • Data breaches
  • Denial of service attacks
  • Zoombombing

Schools of all kinds must have a comprehensive security system in place to protect against these threats. The network on a college campus is large with a high number of people utilizing it. You must have cybersecurity as an aspect of your system.

Elements of Security in Schools:

You may be wondering what is included in the security for schools. And the answer is complicated. At TTD Security Systems, we create each security system tailor-made to fit the needs of each client. Your security system may include the following elements:

Access Control

An access control system helps you to control who enters your buildings or other spaces. TTD Security Systems uses two types of access control: card and biometric readers.

A card reader uses a device to scan cards to either approve or deny entry. The database records every transaction so you are alerted to any suspicious activities. You can easily and quickly update access to remove or add a new user.

A biometric reader is much the same. This device reads a person’s retinas, hands, or fingertips to allow or deny entry.

Perimeter Protection

The first step in safeguarding your school is perimeter protection. This solution uses fences, lighting, signage, sensors, and gates to control who has access to your property. This is a great way to prevent many potential intruders.

Security Maintenance and Repair

As much as we’d like to install a security system and have it run perfectly forever, that is unrealistic. To keep your system functioning properly, it needs regular maintenance. This is to make sure your equipment works correctly and to update outdated software or hardware.

TTD Security Systems also offers repair services. Sometimes, a part of your security system will quit working. This could be due to faulty equipment, a needed update, or some other factor. Our technicians are available the same day, so if your system does go down, we can quickly get it back in working condition.


A surveillance system is an important element of most security systems. TTD Security Systems uses digital surveillance that captures high-resolution and crystal-clear images. The features of our surveillance camera include:

  • Lost item detection
  • Facial recognition
  • License plate recognition
  • Crowd formation
  • Cross line detection

You can easily access live cameras or previous footage from a mobile or remote device. This allows you to check in and make sure your school is safe even when you can’t be there.

Fiber Optic and Data Cabling

Fiber optics and data cabling are important for many security systems. This solution allows your network to connect with high speeds and high performance without impacting your security. We offer data cabling, installation, and certification for up to and including category eight.

We employ FOA-certified technicians for our fiber optic solution. They install, terminate, splice, test, and service fiber optic cables.

Benefits of a School Security System

There are many benefits of security in schools. Not only will your students and staff feel safe, but it will help to improve the learning environment. Learn more about the benefits below:

Student and Faculty Safety

The number one benefit is your students and faculty are safe. A security system ensures they do not have to worry about intruders and that their information is protected. Building trust with students and your employees is a must for the success of your institution.

Video Evidence of Incidents

In the case of an incident, you have video evidence when you have a security system. This is especially helpful to give to law enforcement.

Crime Deterrent

Security systems deter crimes. Whether those are thefts, violence, or vandalism. By having a school security system, you are letting potential criminals know they are not likely to get away with harming your school in any way.

Why TTD Security Systems?

You may be wondering why you should choose us as your security provider. TTD Security Systems has successfully designed, installed, and managed security systems for industrial and commercial clients. Learn more about why you should work with us below:


Founded in 2001, TTD Security Systems has more than two decades of successful experience helping industrial and commercial customers like you. We work across a variety of industries, including education, oil and gas, and hospitality. Our team of trained and certified technicians is available for your security needs. We often have availability on the same day because your safety is our priority. Contact us for more information.

Service-First Approach

Our dedicated team of professionals applies a service-first approach to each customer. When you work with us, we manage your project from end to end. Once we understand your unique security needs, we design and build a comprehensive security solution.

You never have to worry about paying for services you don’t need or won’t use because each project is personalized. Your safety is our priority. We offer no minimum contract terms, so you can work with us for an hour or a decade.

Top Brand Partners

TTD Security Systems prides itself on providing world-class security services. Which means we only work with the industry’s top partners. We use the best and most up-to-date equipment to design your security system. Some of our brand partners include:

  • American Dynamics
  • Tyco/JCI
  • Milestone
  • Genetec
  • Kantech
  • Exacq
  • Software House

Competitive Pricing

TTD Security Systems offers competitive pricing for industrial and commercial customers. Your safety is our priority and we work with customers of all sizes and with all budgets. Our contracts have no minimum terms and our technicians are often available for same-day services. You never have to worry about your safety with TTD Security Systems.

Get Started With Security in Schools Today

TTD Security Systems understands the unique security challenges the education sector faces. Whether in a K-12 facility or college campus, you must have a comprehensive school security system to protect your students, faculty, and assets. We are excited to work with your institution to create a customized security system.

If you are ready to level up your security in schools, TTD Security Systems is here for you. We have years of experience designing and managing security in schools of all sizes. Contact us today at 678-840-2249 to get started or learn more.


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