All facilities should be kept secure, but the need is even greater in a daycare. Very young children are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. From parental abductions to intruder attacks, there are multiple threats you need to keep your children safe from. If you fail to protect the kids you look after, you could find yourself with a lawsuit on your hands. One of the most likely sources of danger is your entryway. Here are 2 ways to make it more safe.
Install a Security Door
Surprisingly, one of the most common ways for criminals to break into and enter a building is through the door. While intruders breaking into daycares and schools is rare, it's not impossible, and the consequences could be devastating. Even if your daycare door stays locked all day, it's likely still vulnerable. Wood can easily be broken down with a weapon like an ax or hammer; if you have any glass panels in your door, it'll be even more vulnerable.
Security screen doors are the ideal way to prevent this kind of forced entry. They're extremely difficult to break through with weaponry; they even reduce damage done by guns, stopping attackers from creating openings big enough to enter through. Most attackers or intruders will be deterred from even attempting to enter a building with a security screen door as they're so difficult to break. Remember that security screens should be installed on all doors. You can also install them on windows for more comprehensive collections.
Get a Visitor Management System
How do you keep track of everyone who enters and leaves your daycare? On paper or not at all? The best way you can keep track of a potential abducted child is if you know who was in your daycare and when they were there. The best way to do this is with a visitor management system. These electronic touch screen systems allow visitors to easily sign in and out of the facility. If the unthinkable happens and a child goes missing, they allow you and law enforcement to narrow down the possible suspects.
Many systems also come with built-in webcams that photograph new visitors. Don't hesitate to ask any and all visitors to sign in — including touring parents and delivery people. As an added bonus, visitor management systems can also be used to keep track of absences and late pick-ups.