Franklin High School Stabbings May Prompt a Layered Approach to Deter Violence

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Layered security may be the best defense in securing campuses against crimes and acts of violence according to The Security Product Depot.

Suspect, 16 Year Old Alex Hribal

Suspect, 16 Year Old Alex Hribal

"He's a typical young kid. He's a B+ student. The family is like Ozzie and Harriet. They have dinner together every night."

It was the morning of April 9, 2014, when 20 students and a security guard were either slashed or stabbed by a 16 year old student suspect, Ale Hribal at the suburban Franklin High School in Pittsburgh. "He's a typical young kid. He's a B+ student. The family is like Ozzie and Harriet. They have dinner together every night," said his attorney, Patrick Thomassey according to CNN News.

The 2011 National Center for Education Statistics reported that children between the ages of 12-18 are the most afraid of an attack or being harmed at school. The same age group experienced 1,246,000 cases of theft and violent crime at school compared to 965,200 away from the campus.

A security assessment from qualified security experts can identify areas where unfavorable behavior might occur and design a complete plan on how to best secure the campus. Layered security includes video surveillance equipment, locks, video intercoms, locker searches and metal detectors. An effective plan should also include the use of police K-9 units to locate drugs and weapons in and around the buildings and parking lots, all of which should be done randomly.

Fire drills are mandated in almost every school district. Today, it’s equally important for schools to practice active shooter or intruder drills. Periodic testing of security cameras, PA systems, radios, fire alarms, radios and other potential lifesaving devices should be checked regularly to ensure they are in working order.

Security cameras have been proven to be a strong deterrent against crime and to help ensure that policies and procedures are being adhered to by students and faculty. They also provide live insight for first responders during an emergency and evidence in forensic scenarios.

Security Product Depot is an established online provider of physical security products and security information. They are committed to offering a broad array of the latest technology to help their clients protect their assets and property.

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