Five Tips for Campus Security /Other/Trakacom/USA/Blog%20Images/Campus.jpg Securing a college or university campus is a daunting task. One important component of campus security is access control and key management, to protect personal safety as well as facility property. According to the FBI, 69,502 property crimes were reported to college and university police nationwide in 2015. Losses can range from property, vehicles, lab and media equipment to personal items such as computers, phones, wallets, etc. Here are five simple tips to improve campus security. 1. Evaluate Current Access Control – including physical keys Improving security starts with taking an inventory of all key-holding personnel and access points on campus. You’ll need to answer: Who is currently issued keys? Where do those keys allow access? Is that access critical to that key holder? Who holds responsibility for card access master keys? How are the use of soft and physical keys audited? How much of this management is automated vs. manual? Do I have single individuals carrying around multiple keys? (keys to the kingdom) 2. Keep Track of Keys Keep track of personal keys, master keys, tokens, proximity cards, etc. If these assets are lost or stolen, make sure the incident is quickly reported and locks are changed to avoid potential liability. Collect keys when staff members leave employment. Never issue out master keys! 3. Secure Keys Store keys in a secure place to keep them out of the hands of unauthorized persons and to prevent key duplication. They should only have keys when they need them, and should NEVER take them home! 4. Lock Classrooms and Laboratories Classroom and laboratory doors should always be locked when the room is not being used. This secures valuable equipment and deters theft. Ensure everyone that goes in and out of those secured areas after hours are accounted for. 5. Audit Access Maintaining an audit trail of key activity is imperative in preventing crime. If users know they are accountable and the university has visibility on key use, they are less likely to misuse keys or gain access to areas they shouldn’t have access to. 6. Bonus Tip: Have Remote Control In the event of an emergency, a valuable tool in securing a campus quickly is the ability to remotely lock down doors, or temporarily revoke access to the keys that open them. If your campus still has a large number of offline openings to sensitive areas that utilize physical keys and locks, these tips may sound nearly impossible to implement and track. However, Traka solutions offer an intelligent and user-friendly way to bridge the gap between traditional mechanical locks and automated electronic access control, at a fraction of the cost. Since universities face a multitude of areas and situations that require secure and auditable access management, an effective electronic key management and asset control system should be instituted. Things such as dual authorization for sensitive keys, email notifications driven by events you need to know about and the automated charging and vending of pooled assets can make your keys & assets work for you like never before. If designed correctly, key & asset management can become a solution and process driver, rather than a liability! Upgrade Your Campus Security Through our security solutions, personnel requiring access to different buildings, university fleet vehicles or equipment can be identified, audited and effectively managed through a reliable and effective key management program. We offer advanced key and asset management solutions for all types of educational facilities to ensure valuable items are secured and access to certain areas is limited. Through proven integrations, electronic key management can become part of your existing security program, without adding any unnecessary administrative burden. For more information, visit our Education page or contact us today.