Controlled confusion is the norm at fraternity and sorority houses, with students and friends coming and going at all hours. For residents, it’s partying and socializing, with bouts of intermittent studying.
Students may be oblivious to the dangers, but administrators know that trouble can happen anytime. Their concerns include keeping:
- Residents safe from intruders
- Their possessions protected from burglars
- The building wired with smoke detectors and fire alarms
House Manager’s Guides recommend 24-hour lock-up and educating residents how to keep the building secure, but these guidelines can be hard to implement.
Here is a look at how security systems for fraternity and sorority houses can help protect them from serious dangers.
Intruders Gaining Access from Outside
Partying leads to an unplanned open door policy. Loud music, lots of moving around and streams of strangers make it hard to handle security. The emphasis is on fun and freedom, not safeguards.
This is why home-automated systems are perfect for the university-casual environment. The house leaders can program the system to automatically lock the front door during a party, which means that residents must let in strangers one at a time. This greatly reduces the chance that an intruder can gain entrance posing as a fellow student.
The system can also be installed so it locks the other doors in the building, as well as the windows. If a burglar tries to gain access during a noisy party, the alarm will self-activate, notifying the police. Its effectiveness doesn’t depend on people in the house hearing the intruder trying to get inside.
If a robbery does take place, the surveillance cameras will leave an effective record for police.
Burglars Getting into Bedrooms
Most houses have two, three and even four students to a room. For convenience it is common to simply leave the door open. This makes it easier for sorority and fraternity residents to mingle with friends, come and go to the laundry room and get something to eat without needing to take keys.
But if a burglar is inside the building, it means every room is vulnerable. And sorority and fraternity houses often have a range of high-priced goods that are in high demand. Especially targeted are laptops and other computer devices.
With a wireless security system, residents can quickly check who is home. They can also lock bedroom doors while they are away with a simple click of a remote device.
These houses also usually have computer labs and entertainment rooms, all with high-end equipment that any burglar would love to get his hands on. With a wireless system, motion sensors can be set to protect them when no one is present.
Protecting Houses During Breaks
Students look forward to spring break, Christmas holidays and summer. Since few if any students are present during these periods, it leaves the houses vulnerable to robbery.
Installing a home-automated system offers protection when people aren’t present. They can be programmed with a variety of high tech protective capabilities, including:
- Scheduled locks
- Motion sensor alarms
- Motion sensor lights
- Activate lights and television to come on
Fire and Smoke Detectors
Students rely on electronics and small appliances to stay fed, look good and surf the web. Equipment can include everything from computers and audio equipment to hot plates, microwaves, toasters and toaster ovens, hair curlers and dryers.
Present in the quantity that students use, they can easily overheat and cause problems for the house electrical system. The result is smoke and fire.
Home-automated systems feature smoke and fire detectors which can spot problems early, well before a fire breaks out. They can be programmed to contact the local fire department as soon as a problem is detected.
These systems offer comprehensive protection against burglary, intruders and fire for large, medium and small sorority houses throughout the year.