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NCJ Number: 75383 Find in a Library
Title: Planning Vandalism Resistant Educational Facilities
Journal: Journal of Research and Development in Education  Volume:11  Issue:2  Dated:(Winter 1978)  Pages:42-52
Author(s): F G Irwin
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 11
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Members of the National Association of School Security Directors were surveyed concerning their perceptions of the most useful ways in which to plan a school which would be resistant to acts of vandalism.
Abstract: One hundred thirty-four members of the association were asked to rate vandalism-resistant characteristics. Results indicated that site selection should consider possible exposure to violence through location near parks and recreation and should also consider ease of observation by outside patrols. Planning for fences and gates should consider problems which occur when mobile police patrols are locked out, but vandals on foot can gain access to facilities by climbing barriers. Traffic planning should allow for both automobile access and control. Paved walkways can be used to channel traffic. Lighting requirements are dependent on security patrol methods. School grounds should be kept free of materials which can be used as weapons--including landscaping devices. Pleasant and comfortable schools are less likely to be damaged than are repressive, uncomfortable ones. Furniture should be built-in, secure storage areas should be provided, and internal finishing materials should be of heavy-duty construction. Doors and windows should be constructed to prevent illegal entry. Alarm systems should be designed to prevent unauthorized use and sprinkler systems should be installed. Public safety, school security and facility personnel, and administrative officials should be involved in planning to prevent vandalism. Twenty references are included.
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention; School security; School vandalism
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