School Access Control Lockdown Statistics

By Brian Rhodes, Published Aug 25, 2022, 09:37am EDT (Info+)

Pervasive US school shootings have fostered an ongoing public debate about how to stop these attacks, ranging from gun control and mental health services to technology in schools, including lockdown devices designed to keep potential shooters out and students and staff safely inside until emergency responders arrive.

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100+ integrators answered IPVM's questions:

How often do schools use manual/automatic electronic access control lockdown? Why or why not do schools choose to do this?

In this report, IPVM examines the responses and highlights common themes, including detailed quotes from integrators.

Summary

As school shootings have increased, requirements for schools to have active shooter safety plans have become common. One of the most common defense methods is lockdowns, where no one enters or exits.

Lockdown, or the action of locking doors, is recommended by many (ALICE, NFPA3000, etc) to protect students inside classrooms from active threats or unauthorized intrusions.

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  • "**** *******, ********, ***. *** ************ automatic ****** ********" **********. **** ****** control ************* **** ***** ******** ******** within ***** ********."
  • "**'* ******** **** ********* ** ***** schools *** *** ****** * *********** in *** ****** ******."
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  • "*** ******* * ******* **** ****** controlled *****."
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  • "*** ** *** ********* **** ******** lockdown ******* ** *** ** ***** buildings ******* *** ************ **** *** so ***** ** *** ***** ****. When **** **** *** ****** ** sends * ****** ***** ** *** monitoring ****** *** **** ****** * set ** *****-******** *****. **** ******** doesn't ** *** ********* ****** ***** so ***** ** ** **** ** lock ****. **** **** ****** ** not ** * **** ***. *** other ******** **** ** ****** **** use ******** ******* ******* **** ** have ****** *********. **** *** **** used ** *** ***** ** *********."
  • "*** *** ****."
  • "*** ******* ** **** ****** **** have ********* ********** ****** ******* **** what * **** **** **** *** point ** ***** ***** ******* **** begun. ***** ******* ****** ******* ***** doors ********* **** ****** ******* ****** or **** **** ***** *** *** door ** ** ******."
  • "*** ** *** * - ** customers **** *********** ****** ******* *** at ***** *** ** *** ******** doors *** *** ******* ** ******** is * ******** ******** **** **** require."
  • "*** *** ****. ******** ****** ** office ** *** ********** ****** ** Access ******* ********* ***. ********* ** and *** ********* ******* ****** ***."
  • "**** ** ** ******* ** *** automatic ********. *** **** ** ***** it **** * **** ***** ** anywhere ** *** ******** ** *** reason *** **** *** ***** **."
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  • "******** ***** ******. **% *******. ***** is ******** ******."
  • "**** ******* **** ***** ********* ***** locked *** *** * ***** ******** for ************ ****** ******* ****** ** the ******. ** *** **** ****** a ****** ****** ** ******* ****** electrified ******** ** *** ********* ***** for ********"
  • "*** ******** ** *** ******* ** are ******* ** ** *** ***** for ******** ********."
  • "**** ****** *** ** **** * lockdown *************. **** ** ********* ** actual ********** *** *** **** *********. Perimeter ** ******* ****** **** ** most *****. ***** ** * ****** that ********** * ******** **** ******** the ******* *** ** ******** ** be ******* ** *** ****** ** areas ****** *** ****** **** ***** readily **** ****** **."
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  • "** *** * ******'* ***** ****** but *** ***** ****** *** ** worked **** *** ****** **** ** put **** *** ** *** ********** office, *********, ******** *********, *** * few ***** ********* ***** ** *** building. **** ******* ** ***** **** the **** ******* *****. *** ********* not ** ** ***** ********* *** what ** ******* *** ***** *** the ******* *** ****** ****, *** the ******** ****'* **** ** **** there ****'* * ****** ****** ******'* get ** **** ** *** *****. There *** *** **** ** ****** so **** ***** *** ******* ***** be ********** **** *** ****."
  • "*** ** *** ******* *** ****** all ***** ***** ********* **** ********** lockdown *******. ******** ****** *** ********* 4 ***** * ****."
  • "****** ***% ** *** ****. *** rural ******* ** *** **** **** this ******* *** ***** ** **** though * ***'* ***** ** ** instance ***** ****'** **** **."
  • "****** ****** * *********** **** ******* deploy ****** ******* *******."
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  • "*****. **** ******* ** ******* ******* ability ** ** * ******-**** ******** through ******** ***/** **** ******** *******."
  • "**** ****** ******* ****** ** ****** for * ****** ****** ** ********* lockdown. **** ** **** *** **** button, ****** ***, ****** ***********, ***. School **** ****** ** ******* **** readers *** **** ***** ** **** access (*** **** ****** ** **** doors ** **** ******) *** **** want *** ******* ** **** **** school **** ***** **** ** ******. There *** *** **** *** ******** on ***** **** **** ********* ** a *** ******* **** *** *** want ******* ******** ** ***** ** give ***** ******* *** **** ****** if ****** ** *******."
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  • "*** *** ******* ** **** ** have **** ****** *** **** ****. Most *** ***** ****** ******** *** to *** **** ** ****** ******* on ***** ****."

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  • "*** *** ****. **'* ********* ** NYS."
  • "***** *** *** ****** ** ****** down *** *** ******** ***** *** to ***** ************ *** ***** **** to ** ********** **** * ********* arises."
  • "****** ****** * *********** **** ******* deploy ****** ******* *******."
  • "**'* ******** **** ********* ** ***** schools *** * *********** ** *** school ******. ***** ******* *** ***** retrofitted **** ********, ** *******, ******** this ******."
  • "*** ** *** * - ** customers **** *********** ****** ******* *** at ***** *** ** *** ******** doors *** *** ******* ** ******** is * ******** ******** **** **** require."

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  • "********* ****** ******* ******* *** ******* more ****** **** ****** ********* - a *** *** *** ************ **** have *** ********* **** ********."
  • "***** ******* *** ***** *********** **** lockdown, ** *******, ******** **** ******."

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**** **** *********, *** ****** ** use ** *** ** ******** **********/******** is ***** *** ****** ** **** places. ******** ** ***** ******* *** comprehensive ***, ********** ***** *** **** is ****** ** ***, ** **** is *** *******:

  • "****** ******* ******** ** *******. *** benefits *** **** ******* *** ** non-electronic ********* ***** ***** *******, *** the **** **** **** ***** *** glass ** ****** ********."
  • "* **** ***** ********* * ******** system"
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  • "**** ** *** ******* **** *** feature *** ** *** *** ****. I ******* ** ** **** * lack ** ********* *** ************* ** the *******."
  • "***** **% ** *** ****."
  • "**** ** ******** **** ******* *** we **** **** *** ******** ********** this."
  • "*** *** ******* **** ** **** done."
  • "***** *** **** **."
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  • "**** ******* *** ***** ** ********** lock **** *** *** ********* ***** however **** ******** ***** *** ****** 24/7 **** *** ********* ** ***** morning *** **** ********* *** * few *******. "
  • "**** *** ****** *** ****** ******* and *** ******** ** ** **** a **** **** ***** *** *'** never **** ** ********* ** **** with *** *********."
  • "***** *** ****** ***** * ************ to ******* ****** ********* *** ****."
  • "*** ******. **** **** ** ** in *** *******. ****** ****** *** students *** ***** *** ** ****** from *** *******."
  • "**** ****** ********* * **** ****** with **** ********* ****** ******* *********, usually ********* ** ***** *********** ** utilities *** ******* ******. ******* ********* district ****, *** ******* **** ** constantly **********. **** **, ****** ****** control ****** ** **** ******. **** is ******* ********* **** ** **********."
  • "******, ** *** ******** ***** *** secured ** *** *** ****** ******* at *** *****. ***** ** *** intercom *** **** ******* ** ********* are ******* ****** ****. *** ******** door, **** ********** **** *** ******** access ******* ** ********* ** ********** yet *** ** ****."

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*******, *** ***** ******* ** ************ lockdown *** *** ********** ******** *** maintenance ** ***** * ******** ****** against ***** ***:

  • "*** *****. ***** ****** **** ***** it, *** **** ** ********. **** few **** ******** ***** $*,***/**** * 50 ** *** *****."
  • "*'** **** **** ****** ****** *** to *** ******* **** *** ******* management/maintenance *** ***** *******"
  • "***, *** *****, ******* *** ** budgets."
  • "****** ** *** * ******* * have **** - ****** ******* ******."
  • "* ******* *** ********* ***** **** this *******, *** ***** ***** ** usually *** **** ** ***."
  • "****** *** *********** *** ** ******* for *** ******* *** **** ***'* do ****, *** *********** ******** *** safety ***** *** *** ******* **** do!"
  • "**** ** *** ******, *** ******* we **** ******* **** **** **** looking ** ********* ****. **** **** is ** ********* ** ******* *** building."
  • "**** ********* *** *** ****** **** lockdown, ************* ****** ** ******* ******** the ********. **** ** ********** ****** control ****** *** *** *********, ********* applied ** **** ***** ********* *****."
  • "*'** *** ** *** ** ****. We've ******** **. *** **** ** implementing ****** **** ****** ******* ** prohibitive ** *****'* ******* **** ********* are ****** ****** ***** **** *** doubling. ** *** ****** **** *** schools ****** **** ****** ******* ** all ******** ***** **** *** **/* locked."

Safety ********

******* *********** ********* ******** ***** ******* teachers *** ** ***** ** ******* students ** *** ***** ***** ** the ***** ****:

  • "* *****'* *** *** ******** *** lockdown, *** ********* **** **** *** staff ***** ***** ******* ** *** secure *****."
  • "** *** ****** **** ** ***** 20% ** *** ****** ********* - there **** **** ****** **** ****** lockdowns ********** ** ***** ******* ** students ***'* *** *** ******** *** consequently *** ****** ***"
  • "* ***'* *** **** ***** **** at ***. **** ** ******** ****** inside."
  • "**** **** **** ****** ****** **** down ******* *** ********** ******* **** seemed **** ********** *** *** **** at *** *** *** ********."

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