Don Shomette

People are the Prize

What Do You See Wednesday? (11/20/13)


Check out the comments to read what others have seen!

Being able to spot what is safe and unsafe takes practice. And experience is invaluable. We’re going to post a new picture each Wednesday and after everyone has had a chance to comment, we’ll post what we see.

(Sorry for the delay. I’ve been presenting in NY and wasn’t able to post it until today.)

From the picture, What can we tell about their policy and procedures, control, leadership, as well as current safety measures for the students and teachers. What, if anything, would make it safer?

As always, assess how well this school is using the three strategies of CPTED (‘septed’) or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design:

1. Surveillance: The ability to clearly see a potential threat
2. Access Control: The ability to deny and delay access of unwanted persons into the school and/or school grounds
3. Ownership: Sending a clear message that the space belongs to the school

So what do you see?


Author: Don Shomette

Don Shomette is a trainer, speaker, consultant, and owner of People are the Prize, a violence prevention company that helps people to prevent and survive a school attack. He has spent a lifetime working with police officers and principals and is consistently evaluated by those who attend his trainings as one of the best instructors ever. Don challenges, entertains, and helps school personnel to think of preventing violence in a new and positive way.

2 thoughts on “What Do You See Wednesday? (11/20/13)

  1. Cafeteria appears clean and organized. Art work on wall personalizes the room. Looks like there may some additional wall space for other art work, student awards, bullying prevention materials, etc. Table in corner by door blocks room entrance/exit. Table should be removed or table layout adjusted.

  2. Rob nailed it. Nothing else for me to add except to explain why I picked this photo. When I show this picture at conferences most never notice the table blocking the entry/exit. If the kids had to flee the cafeteria, there would be a terrible bottle neck at the exit. If I was doing a vulnerability assessment, I would point this out immediately to the principal and suggest they move it ASAP. I think it’s that important.

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