The technology used in prisons is becoming increasingly sophisticated and advanced, as they strive to ensure that everything is kept safe and secure at all times. There are various methods and equipment which can be implemented to increase security within prisons and although some of these are costly, it can save millions in the long run. As prisons are predominantly understaffed, is imperative to get the methods of security as tight as possible.
1) Conventional Keys and Touch Screen Key Management
Prisons will always use the traditional method of conventional keys, which are used to secure all areas of the building, including stores, doors and vehicles. These should only be used by authorised persons and should be kept secure so they don’t end up in the wrong hands.
A more sophisticated method to this type of security is to use a touch screen key management system which involves a code or finger print which ensures that only those who should get access to the keys will be able to access them. It can also provide information as to who has taken the keys and at what time, so that staff can keep an eye on their location at all times. Touch screen key management is a method of ensuring that no one can deny taking keys, as the information is available for all to see.
2) Video Surveillance
Video surveillance is common within prisons and these are manned by an authorised security person. The authorised person will keep an eye on these at all times and will react quickly to anyone entering the building or specific area which they are not permitted to. Video surveillance has become more sophisticated in recent years and although it can be costly, it can really help to keep prisons secure and safe.
3) Access Control
In order to ensure only authorised persons can enter the building, access control is usually used as a form of security in prisons. Those who have the required permissions will have a code or some form of pass which they will have to use before they can enter the building. If they are provided with keys which have to be handed back in, the access control will ensure that they can’t leave the building without doing so.
4) Electronic Bracelet
A lot of prisons are using electronic bracelets which are given to prisoners to wear so that they can only enter the areas which they are permitted to do so. As a form of tagging, this method of security can ensure that buildings and valuables are always kept protected. It will often be the case that if an unauthorised person attempts to enter an area which they don’t have the proper permissions for, an alarm will sound to alert staff so they can deal with the break in security quickly. The use of electronic bracelets can help to act as a deterrent, so that prisoners are put off so they won’t even attempt to enter an area where they don’t have proper permissions.
Written by Muhammad Hamid, an experienced blogger with experience in the security industry.