ID that Backpack or Book Bag for Safety!
Today, particularly with the recent London events, police, school administrators, and others recognize that an unattended backpack warrants close scrutiny. Yet, students will leave these items on busses, in halls, and other places unintentionally. Tagging all backpacks, knapsacks, and book bags with a standardized ID tag may help school officials and police to determine which unattended items should be considered suspicious, and the way by which such items should be handled. With the student’s name clearly visible on the item, authorities can determine which items belong in the facility and which items are foreign to the campus. Giving each campus within the district its own color ID tag may further assist in identifying the origin of unattended items.
Some schools have banned backpacks and knapsacks for security reasons. But most schools have continued to allow such items. For those schools that allow these items, ID tags may be the answer to enhanced security. ID tags need not be sophisticated to be effective, but they ought to be durable. Most companies that produce promotional items have a variety of ID/Luggage tags that can be customized. The use of the tags should be required, not optional. After a reasonable grace period, bags that are not tagged should not be allowed into the building.
The tagging of bags will also serve to enhance awareness over the importance of identifying and reporting suspicious packages. In fact, the procedure, in conjunction with tighter building access control, would be an appropriate kick-off to any campus security awareness program.