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Mar 01



Since the events of December 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, Crescent Guardian has been actively reaching out to school administrators to offer guidance as well as meticulously following news stories and developments in technologies designed to specifically secure our children's schools. Some schools, such as Emerson Academy in Dayton, Ohio, have gotten creative with an automated 'machine' called the Lobby Guard, whereas others are still in debate over the presence of armed or unarmed guards in their schools and whether that is a good use of community funds. The answer is simple: Yes, it is

While a robot monitoring the halls seems like a good idea on paper (maybe not the balance sheet), the fact is that someone - teacher, police officer, armed guard - still needs to be present to dispatch any serious threat. The few minutes that could take could be the difference between a peaceful resolution or something more dire. One example of an elementary school facing this dilemma, of many across the country, is Eliot Elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While they have finally been able to hire an armed guard for $10,000 (this article does not state if the duration is for a year or specific times on duty), the school is still receiving push-back from parents who do not want guns present on the campus—at all.

We applaud the school for this effort, and without getting into whether or not the option of an unarmed or Taser/pepper spray-yielding guard could have been an option, the fact remains that a person devoted to the security of an area is better than no protection at all. Could $10,000 have gone to computers? Absolutely. But without anyone to ensure they stay on premises, they're only useful tools until they walk out the door. 

Our children's security should never be up for discussion. The options are plentiful: Guards, cameras, RFID badges... Even a robot. Something is better than nothing.

Sidenote: If you have not received an email or call from one of our team regarding a free assessment to keep our schools safe, please reach out to us at 504-483-7811 or email rcavanagh@cgiprotects.com



To Guard Or Not To Guard: The Debate on School Security

// posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Feb 26

How to best protect children has been a lifelong concern for parents since the dawn of time. Yet, today, safety at schools unfortunately stands at the forefront of those fears ever since the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut occurred in December 2012. Once considered almost untouchable sanctuaries of learning, schools across the country now find themselves among an evolving world where almost nothing seems as safe as  it once was.

A recent Associated Press article titled 
Trained police needed for school security purported that the debate on school security originally hinged on whether or not to have a police officer present on campus in any capacity. Now, the debate includes whether anyone (hired guard, officer or employee) should be allowed to carry weapons on school property, and whether that armed 'guard' must be a law enforcement official, volunteer or security guard.

Adding fuel to the debate, the 
National Rifle Association recently called for trained, armed volunteers to be present at every school inthe nation. Regardless of which stance a person may take on any part of this issue, the simple fact remains that a person, trained or untrained, armed or unarmed, who is solely dedicated to the safety of the school grounds will do more to prevent an incident than not having one at all. If that seems like an oversimplification, it is.

The debate concerning a 'guard' tends to progress into an all or nothing scenario. At which point, the duty of protection may be assigned to a faculty or staff member for reasons of budget or fear of backlash. The truth is, a person with another primary function, such as a teacher or principal, cannot consistently devote the necessary attention to keep an area safe while also doing their main job satisfactorily. On the other hand, a guard who has created a working safety relationship with the people and environment he or she is protecting allows those being protected to remain calmer and focused on education, not security.


While it is unfortunate to say, today's educational institutions must prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. It is the only way to help reduce the risk of an incident becoming yet another tragedy. To help offset possible crises, Crescent Guardian is using its 20 years of experience in the public and private sector to offer holistic security solutions to interested school systems -- as there is no greater 'asset' we can safeguard than our children's safety.


Crescent Guardian can assess a school system's campus, and make suggestions on a wide variety of security measures, such as access points management proactive video monitoring, asset and personnel tracking, and others. Yet the simple truth remains that a guard dedicated to the security of an area remains an active deterrent to security breaches and can be used efficiently and effectively with the aforementioned options.


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