• Offers a detailed treatment of the many facets of security, ranging from the use of design, technology, and hardware to policies establishing controls and accountability for schools' real and personal property
• Looks beyond the high-profile school shootings of recent years to include other forms of violence and safety risks
• Emphasizes the role of the human factor in security and the need to exercise care in both hiring processes and selection of contractors
• Argues that failure to consider the protection of assets as well as people can prove costly and embarrassing
"James Alan Fox, who comes from academia, and Harvey Burstein, whose background is in security management, have collaborated to provide readers with a multifaceted perspective on school security. The result is a comprehensive blueprint that stakeholders can use to plan for and deter acts of school violence."
"Professors Fox and Burstein have teamed up to produce the most comprehensive guide to school violence and security to date. Using up-to-date evidence about the patterns, trends, and correlates of school violence, they dispel myths about school crime. They expose many of the extreme measures that are often taken in response to incidents of school crime as over-reactions, and describe more reasonable, evidence-based approaches. This book is a must-read for practitioners and policy-makers wishing to reduce school crime." (Denise C. Gottfredson, Ph.D., Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, and author of School and Delinquency