4 Crimes School Security Guards Can Prevent

Untitled It has been nearly 20 years since California law mandated that all school security guards receive specific school security training through a 24-hour course*1.  This is critical, since schools around the country have unfortunately become home to many crimes over the years.  For students aged 12 to 18, for example, the violent victimization rate in 2013 was higher at school than outside of school2. Since security guards are the school’s first line of defense against various dangerous situations, many of which may inevitably involve minors, it is crucial that they receive the proper training in order to work in academic settings.  Below are 4 crimes that school security guards can prevent while on the job:

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1.  Bullying While not technically a crime, bullying has become such a huge issue in schools that 71%of students have said that it’s a problem at the school they attend3.  Security guards that witness bullying can use the communication skills they acquired during their specialized training to resolve the situation.  They can also contact the students’ parents so that they’re made aware of what their kids are going through in school. 2.  Vandalism Unlawful trespassing and vandalism in schools seems to occur on a regular basis and impact a large number of academic institutions4.  While patrolling the school for suspicious activity or trespassing, security guards can also potentially prevent vandalism.  Part of keeping the premises secure is continually being on the lookout for anyone breaking equipment, drawing graffiti, or otherwise damaging school property. 3.  Violence According to a 2011 study, 12% of students said that they had been in a physical fight at school within the past year, and over 7% said that they had been injured by or threatened with a weapon at least once while at school over the past year5.  Since the mere presence of security guards has often been said to reduce the likelihood of people committing crimes, physical violence and the use of weapons on campus may also become reduced through the visibility of alert security guards. 4.  Sexual Assault You may not hear about it every day, but sexual assault can and does occur on school grounds.  In fact, about 25% of women and 17% of men are sexually assaulted prior to turning 186.  Whether it’s classmates forcing themselves on their peers, or teachers crossing ethical and legal boundaries by engaging in sexual acts with their students, campus security guards patrolling the facilities may come across these scenarios and stop them from escalating. You too can make a difference in kids’ lives!  Become a school security guard and help keep our California schools safe. *CA Educ. Code §38001.5(c) – states: “For purposes of this chapter, “school security officer” means any person primarily employed or assigned pursuant to subdivision (b) to provide security services as a watchperson, security guard, or patrolperson on or about premises” – See more at: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/cacode/EDC/2/d3/23/1/s38001.5#sthash.M2TFvMKt.dpuf   References: 1FindLaw, “CAL. EDC. CODE § 38001.5 : California Code – Section 38001.5.” http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/cacode/EDC/2/d3/23/1/s38001.5 (Date: 8/26/15) 2National Center for Education Statistics, “School crime.” https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=49 (Date: 8/17/15) 3MBNBD, “Facts & Statistics.” http://www.makebeatsnotbeatdowns.org/facts_new.html (Date: 8/14/15) 4Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, “School Vandalism and Break-Ins.”  http://www.popcenter.org/problems/vandalism/ (Date: 8/14/15) 5Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Youth Violence.” http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-datasheet-a.pdf (Date: 8/14/15) 6WOAR, “Sexual Violence Statistics.” http://www.woar.org/resources/sexual-assault-statistics.php (Date: 8/14/15)  

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