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Security: Show and Tell? Certain security measures should be visible, but for others, it’s better when they’re less obvious or even hidden. Here’s some perspective on which the campus community should spot—and which they’d better not. By Mark Rowh n an era when higher education leaders are more mindful than ever of potential threats to the safety of those living, learning, and working on campus, security planning has reached new levels of complexity. Few would argue that at least some security measures should be highly visible to the campus community. Just as in society at large (think of the police cruiser parked in the median of a busy highway), the right level of visibility can prevent campus crime or violence. Obvious efforts to safeguard the campus can increase comfort levels and alleviate concerns on the part of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. At the same time, since visibility may lead to vulnerability, not every security measure should be readily apparent. But which should be easy for anyone to identify, and which are best left in the background? I Industry. “This also gives the students confidence about the level of safety on their campus while not being overbearing with their presence.” Among the most basic strategies is the use of campuswide surveillance systems. Cameras, uniformed security personnel, panic alarms, building access controls, and strategic placement of call boxes can be effective if readily apparent. “Studies have proven that a visible presence of multiple cameras will reduce crime,” shares Marcia C. Nickle, emergency manager in the office of campus and public safety at the University of Delaware. “We’ve had great success with our video camera system, which includes signs that are prominently displayed near each video camera for public knowledge.” Some feel the liberal use of cameras should be routine. “More is better when you are speaking about CCTV [recording] systems,” Showing the Flag For some functions, high visibility is a given. Campus walkthroughs by security officers and the use of recognizable vehicles have long been staples. “Physical security needs to be visible as a deterrent,” says Berkly Trumbo, national business manager for systems provider Siemens 32 | November 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - November 2012

University Business - November 2012
Editor’s Note
College Index
Ad Index
Behind the News
Financial Aid
Internet Technology
Security: Show and Tell?
P byo Dasvidt Gieenr g a Threat
Inside Look: Residence Halls
Education Innovators
12 Options for IT Project Funding
What’s New
End Note

University Business - November 2012