Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
May 12, 2014

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Airport-Style Scanners in Schools a Step too Far, says Security Expert

Airport customs security scanningBetter cooperation between schools and the police is the best way to prevent a recurrence of last month’s fatal stabbing of a teacher, says the CEO of a leading integrator.

Ann Maguire was stabbed to death in front of horrified pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic College just weeks away from retirement.

But Chris Percy, CEO and founder of Direct Security Integration Inc and DirectCCTV.co.uk, said that subsequent calls for airport-style security, which is already commonplace across the Atlantic, were an overreaction.

“We don’t think that the UK has an appetite for introducing US-style security in schools and we can understand why,” said Percy. “We have introduced numerous security systems into schools and we don’t think airport-style scanners answer the problem.

“If you keep with the comparison with airports, more than 99% of problems are identified by the police long before people get to the airport.  The same should be true in schools.”

Intelligence gathering and sharing between schools, the police and other relevant parties, should instead be the priority, Percy argues.

“Rather than introduce airport style scanners I would like to see far closer cooperation between schools and the police.  The police usually know who the dangerous children are and if they worked with the school, issues could be averted before a tragedy happened. Scanners can be cheated if the child is determined.

“Schools should be able to focus on education, scanners and other intrusive security can create the wrong environment.”

There is a place in school for technology of the less intrusive kind, suggests Percy. “I do believe in access control and CCTV,” he said.

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This is what you get when Liberals dictate what can and can not be done. They are more interested in the criminals rights than protecting innocent people.

What we need it punishment to fit the crime. The individual who killed the teacher, as a minimum should get life, and I mean until he dies, imprisonment, of better the death penalty for what he did.