School Security

School Security : How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program

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It seems that every day there's a new story about a security lapse, emergency lock-down, or violent act taking place at a school somewhere in the United States. Today it's simply inexcusable not to have adequate security measures in place-regardless of how safe you think your community may be. In School Security, author Paul Timm, a nationally acclaimed school security expert, explains how to make your institution a safer place to learn with easy-to-follow steps.

Throughout the book, Timm emphasizes a proactive rather than reactive approach to school security. Readers are introduced to basic loss prevention and safety concepts, including how to communicate safety information to students and staff, how to raise security awareness, and how to prepare for emergencies. The book discusses how to positively influence student behavior, lead staff training programs, and write sound security policies. An entire chapter is dedicated to describing what school security resources are available for follow-up reading and further training. School Security isn't just a book for security professionals: it helps people without formal security training-namely, educators and school administrators-effectively address school risk.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 191 x 235 x 17mm | 226.8g
  • Butterworth-Heinemann Inc
  • Woburn, United States
  • English
  • 0124078117
  • 9780124078116

Table of contents

Chapter 1: What Is School Security?

Chapter 2: How Safe Is Your School?

Chapter 3: Developing a Plan

Chapter 4: Securing Your Environment

Chapter 5: Influencing Behavior

Chapter 6: Preparing Your People

Chapter 7: Managing Emergencies

Chapter 8: Tackling Social Media Risks

Chapter 9: School Security Resources and Conclusion
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Review quote

"...emphasizes detailed comprehensive planning for schools...provides an excellent exit interview checklist. Many forms useful in school mgmt. are provided. The importance of using social media in risk mitigation is discussed." --Security Letter

"...does a commendable job of walking the readers through several concepts and challenges, but also proposes an approach and techniques to overcome these challenges. The author...does a proficient job of sharing his vast knowledge." --Hakin9, Issue 01-15

"... could be used by anyone interested in this contemporary and challenging issue, the principles and concepts are explained in understandable terms using plain language and illuminating photographs." --Security Management (print and online), January 2015

"Timm, author of the upcoming book 'School Security: How to Build and Strengthen a School Safety Program,' believes the data is skewed because of underreporting of crimes by schools, which he says has been going on for years.", June 2014
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About Paul R. Timm

Paul Timm is a board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP), president of RETA Security, Inc., and a nationally acclaimed expert in school security. In addition to conducting numerous vulnerability assessments and his frequent keynote addresses, Paul is an experienced School Crisis Assistance Team volunteer through the National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA). He holds a patent on a vulnerability assessment methodology known as ALPHAO and is certified in Vulnerability Assessment Methodology (VAM) through Sandia National Laboratories. He is a member of ASIS International, where he serves as vice chairman of the School Safety & Security Council, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), where he serves on the Risk Management Committee. Nearing the completion of his MDiv at Moody Theological Seminary, Paul holds a degree in Speech Communications and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.
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