School and College Security in Greater Manchester

As the head of a school college, or other educational establishment, you bear responsibility for the safety, security, and well-being of your staff and students alike. If is a major duty and one not to be taken lightly. Fortunately for our school and college clients, it is not a burden you have to bear on your own.

Here at Automatic Alarms Ltd, we have been fitting bespoke security and fire safety solutions in schools and colleges across Greater Manchester and beyond. From our Bolton office, we cover the whole of the North West, designing tailored security systems that meet the unique needs of your school.

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What Automatic Alarms Ltd Can Do For You

As one of the North West’s leading school and college security providers, we have much to offer our clients in the Greater Manchester area and beyond. Here is just a few of our more popular services…

CCTV Surveillance

CCTV is a powerful deterrent for thieves, vandals, arsonists, trespassers, and other would-be intruders. We can design CCTV systems for both interior and exterior use, providing full coverage of the buildings and grounds. From risk assessments and bespoke system designs, to full installation and maintenance, we provide an end-to-end service. Your CCTV feed is monitored 24 hours a day by our own remote team, who will instruct the relevant authorities in the event of a security breach.

Access Control

Access control panels ensure that only people with the appropriate permission are able to enter and leave the premises, or certain areas within the school grounds. These can be applied to school gates, as well interior and exterior doors, and be operated by a range of mechanisms from fobs and swipe cards, to code panels and fingerprint readers. Prevent strangers from wandering onto the site and secure dangerous rooms like chemistry labs and DT workshops with a full access control package.

Intruder Alarms

A security alarm is an effective deterrent against intruders. We design an alarm system that meets the specific needs of your school or college, ensuring all potential access points are covered. In the event of the alarm being triggered, we can send a keyholder to investigate or, should the situation warrant it, alert your local police station.

Fire Alarms and Extinguishers

Fire safety is a core responsibility for any head teacher. Our experienced fire marshals will perform a full fire risk assessment for your school or college, designing an appropriate fire alarm system to meet its particular needs. Our marshals can also train up fire wardens from among your staff, instructing them how to use essential fire safety equipments, such as extinguishers and fire blankets.

Common School and College Security Problems

With our years of experience in the field of school and college security, Automatic Alarms understands the concerns of our clients in this sector. These are some of the more common security issues and how we can help you resolve them.

If your school is being vandalised by students, it’s essential that you identify the perpetrators to prevent future occurrences. We can install an effective CCTV system that produces crystal-clear video footage, to help you do just that. If particular parts of the school are targets for vandals, we can also fit security gates and fences, or access control panels, to limit their opportunities to vandalise.

While it is a rarity, all schools must be prepared to lock down and safeguard their pupils and staff in the event of a serious threat. From armed intruders and bomb threats to protest groups and terrorist attacks, you need to know what you’re doing. We can help you draft effective invacuation procedures, providing full training to your staff and fitting appropriate signage for students. We can also fit access control mechanisms to doors, gates, and other barriers, to limit entry to the premises.

Schools are often a prime target for burglars. We can help protect your premises by various methods. These include improving your physical security by fitting secure gates, shutters, and fences, as well as monitoring your school throughout the night via our CCTV systems. We also provide mobile patrols, who will drive past your college at various points through the night, keeping an eye on things, as well as key holders, who will attend the site in the event of a security breach.

Bullying, drug-use, and disruptive students exist in all schools, however well they might be run. Often these take place in secluded and cut-off areas of the school, far away from the prying eyes of teachers and other students. Our security experts can quickly identify these potential blind spots, and set up CCTV surveillance allowing you to keep an eye on problem areas. All such systems are professionally installed by out DBS-checked staff, and we follow all relevant legislations regarding student and staff privacy.

Occasionally, conflicts will present themselves in school or college, whether between students, or between a student and a member of staff. These conflicts can range anywhere from verbal abuse and inappropriate language to improper behaviour and physical altercations. In many cases, resolving the matter can boil down to “he said / she said”. With a complete CCTV system on your school or college premises, you can get the evidence you need to protect staff and students alike and get to the bottom of any conflict quickly and effectively.

UK legislation contains several Acts, Precautions, and Regulations, designed to keep staff and students safe from fire while on school or college premises. We can help you comply with that legislation, performing a full risk assessment of the school or college grounds and making fire safety recommendations. This can include fitting emergency lights, fire alarms, dry risers and sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and more. We also train your staff to use fire-fighting equipment in an emergency.

As a public body dealing with young people, you have an obligation to ensure any outside contractors have been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service, prior to them entering your premises. You will pleased to know that our staff are fully DBS-checked and you can see their accreditations upon request.

Your Local School and College Security Specialists

Automatic Alarms Ltd is based in Bolton, Greater Manchester. We work closely with schools and colleges across the county and out into the North West region. We have put together a crack team of experienced and licensed security professionals to ensure the safety of your educational establishment. We are a local company, dedicated to the security of our local schools and colleges. What your particular requirements, you can rely on is to provide them.

Get in Touch

For all your school and college security needs across the North West region, contact Automatic Alarms Ltd today. Call us on 01204 393 883 or 0800 328 0462 to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced school and college security experts. Alternatively, send an email to and a member of the team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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