Wren Survey Reveals Majority of Schools Need Better Emergency Preparedness and Increased Funding

Majority of Surveyed Respondents Not Extremely Confident in Ability to "Lock-Down" in an Emergency

ATLANTA , Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Wren, a provider of video surveillance solutions since 1983, today released the findings of its third in a four-part research series to better understand the range of school security challenges and the role different security technologies play in their security planning and strategy.

The Wren School Security Survey: Access Control, a survey of school resource officers (SROs) and administrators, revealed almost three-fourths of respondents are not extremely confident in their ability to lock down their school in case of an emergency, citing limited budgets to fund electronic access control technologies as the primary obstacle.

The survey was conducted in August 2008 with the help of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and the National Association for School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers (NASSLEO). Findings from this survey, distributed to NASRO and NASSLEO members and school administrators across the US, indicate that schools have key security gaps involving access control:

The series of surveys revealed that schools consider access control a critical security tool, after video surveillance.

"School resource officers work in partnership with school administrators and other security professionals as the first line of defense in schools," said Dick Caster , Executive Director of NASRO. "Having access control, especially if it's integrated with other security systems to give them greater confidence in emergency preparedness, would most certainly serve to further strengthen this partnership and ultimately benefit staff and students."

The survey revealed the following:

"Surveys such as this one provide great insight into schools' true security challenges and needs," said Peter Pochowski , Executive Director of NASSLEO. "By understanding the areas where schools feel least prepared, we can help school resource officers and administrators better prioritize where limited funds should be allocated."

About the Wren School Security Research Series

A leading provider of IP surveillance solutions to the education market, Wren has been pioneering new territory in investigating and addressing schools' security challenges by proactively working with key education associations including the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) and the National Association for School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers (NASSLEO) to develop education and programs to promote safe schools. Broadening their analysis from the use of video surveillance trends and challenges in K-12 public schools across the US, Wren conducted the Wren School Security Survey: Access Control as the third in a series of surveys designed to explore the use of access control, which was ranked after video surveillance as one of the most important security tools by SROs and administrators.

The survey was conducted in August 2008 and represents responses from 316 school resource officers, principals and superintendents across the country. An executive summary of the survey results is available on Wren's website.

About Wren

Wren, a provider of enterprise video management solutions for more than 25 years, offers the latest in network video solutions including video management software, cameras and accessories. With video solutions installed throughout the United States in markets such as retail, hospitality, healthcare, government facilities and education, Wren brings an unprecedented level of security and business operational expertise to its customers. Established in 1983 and headquartered in Jefferson City, MO , Wren is a member of the Security Industry Association (SIA), the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers (NASSLEO), and the National Retail Federation (NRF). For more information about Wren, visit the company's web site at www.wrensolutions.com

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