While a learning institution provides a pleasant and stimulating learning environment, the open spaces and classrooms provide inherent risks.
University assets at risk
Assets such as servers, laptops, books, medical and electrical equipment, scientific project results, exam papers, antiques and works of art need protecting.
Managing students' belongings
Now factor in the thousands of students moving in and out of rooms each day, carrying – and often forgetting – their mobile phones, laptops and designer clothes. The security manager has all hands full with loss reports.
Key replacement costs
Shortage of lockers and frequent key loss by students add to lack of security. If a key is lost, the whole lock has to be replaced. When this happens a few hundred times a year, the cost of security increases significantly.
Crime and damage risks
Then there is the risk of crime and terrorism. With many thousand new entrants each year, a college or a university has a difficult job identifying and separating the good people from the bad. Increasingly, governments demand that universities monitor and report on the activities and whereabouts of suspected individuals.