n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Managing safety and security in schools : a case study from Tshwane, South Africa

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In South African education circles there are a number of reasons for concern as a result of the escalating violence in schools countrywide. Such violence creates a climate of insecurity and fear, which impairs and impacts on the core educational purpose of schools. Accordingly, the main purpose of installing and implementing security measures at schools is to create a safer environment where individuals can move freely and feel secure in going about their daily schooling activities. Currently school safety and security is one of the most basic problems facing South African schools. Therefore creating and maintaining schools that are safe, is a priority that should be on the agenda of every provincial education department and individual school boards. Over the years the needs of school security have changed, from an emphasis on protecting school property (vandalism, fire or theft) to the safety of the scholars and the educators. These days, implementing security at schools, requires well-developed security and safety plans as well as undertaking proper risk assessment and threat analysis exercises. This article discusses the results obtained from research that investigated the extent and effectiveness of security measures in secondary schools in South Africa (case studies at secondary schools in Tshwane Metropolitan Region of Gauteng Province).


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