SecureCampus is like a fire alarm in an active shooter situation: fire alarms don't prevent fires but can offer a life-saving time advantage in the rare event a fire breaks out. That time advantage can mitigate the damage and save lives.
Analyses show that the average active-shooter incident lasts 12 minutes and the first calls don’t come into 9-1-1 for a full 3-5 minutes. Minutes count. SecureCampus technology immediately alerts the police. Unlike any other solution, SecureCampus also provides police with critical real time information such as an interior floor plan with how many and where the shots are fired.
This real-time element is crucial. Recent tragedies have shown that shooters are often on a suicide mission, they are committed; they won’t stop until they’re confronted. Once shots have been fired, lives depend on police knowing exactly where to go. Making a rushed 9-1-1 call while not exposing one’s self to the threat is unfortunately less than ideal.
During an attack, critical time is lost as school personnel first seek to establish the nature of the attack—and, indeed, if there is an attack in the first place. Further, they may be unable to call 9-1-1 or trigger internal alerts because they are in protective mode, under attack themselves. Moreover, 9-1-1 centers themselves necessarily require a formal time consuming protocol to establish the veracity and precise nature of calls reporting possible attacks. Each of these steps in the 9-1-1 phone protocol takes critical seconds and minutes—time during which an active shooter can proceed (and historically has proceeded) with their attack. Using SecureCampus to save time, saves lives.
It’s likely that your campus will never need SecureCampus. But, you install life-safety features with the hope that you’ll never need to use them. In the next few decades, this indoor/outdoor safety technology will be as commonplace as fire alarms and sprinkler systems are today. In the last 20 years, no student has died in a fire on campus, yet it would be unthinkable to build a school without installing a fire alarm and suppression system.
In a worst case scenario, this is the safety technology that will save lives. SecureCampus should be a part of your overall security plan. It’s simple, easy to use and install and very affordable. Contact us today.
1 New York City Police Department, “Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation,” http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/counterterrorism/ActiveShooter.pdf (accessed April 24, 2013).