Top 6 security measures all schools need

It is highly important to protect school buildings against external intruders and to be in control of who has access to certain areas of a school internally. We have created a list of our top 6 recommended traditional and modern security measures to help keep your school safe and secure.


Although people may be hesitant to install CCTV in schools, however it can be a highly effective security measure to prevent against trespassing, vandalism, theft, and a range of other security concerns.

CCTV cameras are great deterrents to intruders, especially when placed in visible positions and out of easy reach of others. They can also help to identify any offenders in the case of security breaches, such as vandalism.

2. Window grilles

Although not the most aesthetically pleasing for a school, window grilles are a powerful way to deter and restrict intruders from entering your school, even if the glass is smashed. Security grilles can be permanently fixed or manually retracted to the window, depending on when they are needed. This flexibility allows schools to increase security during certain time periods, such as summer holidays and half-terms.

It is important to consider where these are placed in order to prevent any obstruction in the case of an emergency.

3. Alarms

Burglar alarms are a popular security measure in schools. As well as discouraging intruders, burglar alarms also effectively alert to any break-ins. This means that even if an intruder enters the school, they may not be successful in stealing any school property.

4. Access control system

Access control systems would allow you to control physical and virtual access through your school with authentication credentials. A physical access control system can include secured doors and gates that can be opened using a form of identity authentication, such as access cards, pin codes or thumb prints. This form of security system can be used to allow students access to different parts of the school premises, prevent students and certain members of staff from having access to restricted areas or items- such as chemistry labs or facilities.

5. Master key systems

A master key system provides an extra level of security to your school by enabling you to control who can access which areas without the hassle of large amounts of individual keys. A master key system will allow teachers and management to have full control over all areas of a school while employees at different levels can be given the required level of access. This will limit staff and student access and can increase overall security and management control over access throughout the school.

6. Safes

Safes are a practical way to keep valuables safe from theft and fire. Safes come in a range of sizes and can be placed in different places for added security, such as walls and floors. Installing safes can allow you to keep valuables secure both during and outside of term time. As well as securing valuables safes can also provide security for teachers and students by keeping important documents or items secure.

At Halls Locksmiths we can ensure your students, staff, assets, and buildings are safe by providing you with expert advice and a trusted combination of traditional and modern methods of security.

Our school security solution experts want to provide you with the most honest advice and the best products to help you protect your school. We are happy to help with anything you need to provide you with the peace of mind you deserve.

For more advice on securing your school or updating your existing security, visit our store or call our friendly team on 0115 9780141.