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					Security survey and risk assessment

What risks does your school face?
This survey and risk assessment will allow you to determine

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type and scale of risk trends or patterns in incidents involving your school security measures required efficiency of your chosen security measures

Complete the three-part assessment that analyses:

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incidence of crime environment and buildings effectiveness of security measures

Based on your level of threat, the assessment recommends appropriate security measures for your school. Completing the survey should take 3 minutes. You will be asked questions on incidence of crime in the past 12 months, security measures employed and the school environment and buildings. A text version of this survey may be downloaded here
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Part 1 Incidence of crime
This section assesses the type, scale, and patterns of incidents that have occurred in the last 12 months. This part of the risk assessment can be based on a log of reported incidents. If your school does not yet have a reporting procedure, a more subjective assessment will have to be made, possibly based on discussion with the local police crime prevention officer.

Part 2 Environment and buildings

This section of the survey assesses the environmental and building factors that contribute to school security.

Part 3 Security measures
This section assesses the effectiveness of security measures employed. The items in parts 2 and 3 can (for the most part) be assessed by a walk-through survey of the school. Each item in the assessment is graded from 0 to 5 points. A score of 0 indicates a low security risk, 5 a high security risk.
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In the example below, if your school has had no cases of trespass reported in the last 12 months then the risk would be perceived as low and a score of 0 would be recorded.
Low Risk 0 1 2 3 4 5 High Risk

1. Trespass No cases of trespassers on school grounds Trespassers commonly on school grounds

If, however, your school has no fence or an incomplete fence, resulting in children playing or people walking their dogs in the school grounds, then the score could be 3 or higher:
Low Risk 0 1 2 3 4 5 High Risk

1. Trespass No cases of trespassers on school grounds Trespassers commonly on school grounds

Part 1 - Incidence of crime in the last 12 months
Low Risk 0 1 2 3 4 5 High Risk

1. Trespass No cases of trespassers on school grounds 2. Vandalism No cases of trespassers on school grounds 3. Theft/burglary No cases of theft or burglary 4. Fire No arson attacks in the locality 5. Attacks on staff or pupils No attacks or threats reported 6. Drug/solvent abuse No problems reported School or locality problem with drug or solvent abuse Attacks inside school or vicinity of school School or other building in locality has suffered a number of arson attacks Frequent theft or burglary Trespassers commonly on school grounds Trespassers commonly on school grounds

Part 2 - Environment and buildings
1. Incidence of crime in surrounding area Locality has low crime rate (as reported to police) Locality has high crime rate (as reported to police)

2. School overlooked by roads and/or houses Grounds overlooked by busy roads or housing 3. Boundaries, fences and gates Boundaries well defined, with fences and gates preventing all but determined intruders 4. Entrances Clear entrances with signs directing visitors Unclear or multiple entrances

Unobserved grounds

No fences or gates to prevent unauthorised access

5. Organisation at entrances and visitor control Pass system in operation with badges issued to all visitors 6. Car parking Car parks well lit and overlooked 7. Condition and appearance of buildings Buildings well maintained with no graffiti or vandalism 8. Detached and temporary buildings No detached buildings apart from main block Many detached buildings, including temporary classrooms Buildings in disrepair, graffiti-covered and vandalised No safe place to park, car parks unlit and not overlooked (e.g. surrounded by trees) No system of recording visitors

9. Recesses and internal courtyards No places for intruders to hide and break in unobserved 10. Security of exit doors Doors secure against all but the most determined intruders 11. Security of windows and roof-lights Windows and roof-lights protected against intruders Windows and roof-lights provide easy access for intruders Numerous places for intruders to hide and break in unobserved

Fire exit doors easily forced, inadequate locks

12. Presence of valuable equipment that is easily stolen and sold on Few computers, TVs and video cassette recorders 13. Fire precautions Buildings have adequate fire compartmentalisation and fire/smoke barriers and doors Many computers, keyboards, fax machines, camcorders, etc.

Overly large fire compartments and lack of fire/smoke barriers and doors

14. Community ethos and support for school Strong community and parent support for security, e.g. active PTA 15. Out-of-hours use of school facilities No reported problems. Security benefit from out-ofhours use Many security problems due to out-of-hours use. Special risks (e.g. evening classes, libraries, sports clubs, community use, etc.)

Insignificant parent or community involvement

Part 3 - Security measures
1. School-watch scheme Efficient system for reporting suspicious incidents 2. Pupil involvement Pupils diligent about reporting strangers on premises 3. Waste bins Waste and recycling bins locked up every night 4. Security lighting Lighting of all entrances, footpaths and building facades 5. Surveillance Efficient surveillance, e.g. CCTV covering perimeter, or security patrols 6. Intruder alarms System using intruder detectors on all ground floors, perimeter and vulnerable rooms 7. Fire detection system Automated and linked to central control room 8. Property marking and storage All valuable property marked and kept in a secure store or secured locally 9. Cash handling procedures Secure methods in operation Procedures lacking No markings on property No system No system No lighting Unlocked mobile bins left around the school Pupils have no involvement in security No scheme in operation

No system

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