Schools in Xuhui add alarm systems
Authorities in Xuhui District have begun to install an emergency alarm system
in more than 180 schools in the area as a precaution against violence on campus,
the Oriental Morning Post reported yesterday.
Xuhui is the first district in
the city to set up such network to prevent campus violence and the installation
will be finished in the middle of October, the paper said.
serious school tragedies at home and abroad garnered the attention of the State
Education Ministry. Schools at all levels are required to take effective
measures to ensure students' safety.
Some hidden perils were revealed
following a recent survey on campus security in the district.
For example, in
some schools one security guard takes on several posts. In another case, there
was nobody in the janitor's room of a kindergarten so that strangers could come
in easily without being questioned or stopped.
"The severe situation pushed
Xuhui authorities to go into immediate action," said a district official
He said the operation involved district education authorities,
police and neighborhood departments.
"The Xuhui District Education Bureau
will sustain all the expenses - about 100,000 yuan (US$12,048) in total," Sun
According to officials, the alarm system includes three main
components: infrared alarms, alarm buttons and surveillance cameras.
devices will be installed in major spots around the school and connected to
police departments and neighborhood committees.
Once an emergency occurs on
campus, police will arrive at the scene within five minutes and neighborhood
employees can make contact with rescue staff to prepare for medical
"It is a good practice (to install such systems) as the security
condition on campus will be much improved," said He Guozhou, an official with
the Xuhui District Public Security Bureau.
A recent test at the Kangning
Technology Experimental Primary School proved the efficiency of the
The alarm system detected that a "ruffian" broke into the computer
room of the school and immediately sent an emergency signal to district police
Four minutes later, police officers from nearby Kangjian Police
Station arrived at the primary school and managed to bring the "ruffian" under