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Reward Program Helps School Protect Clocks

Posted by Ronda Anderson on Sep 8, 2015 8:30:00 AM


How many times have you heard “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” The expression has been around since Ben Franklin wrote it in the 1730’s. I think about this when I visit schools, colleges and hospitals.

Clocks can be protected using clock guards and tamper-resistant security brackets. Classroom clock vandalism can be prevented with a $4 tamper-resistant security bracket because tools are needed to remove a clock attached to the wall with a bracket.

I was visiting with the principal at one school and asked them about their program to prevent students from damaging equipment. Any student can report who caused the damage and, after guilt is determined, get a reward. The guilty student then pays for the damages plus the reward, which is set at 10 percent of the replacement and installation cost of the damaged equipment. Some students, likely with the help of their parents, have paid as much as $500 just for the reward.

Not every school has a reward program, so protect your equipment, such as emergency and exit signs, with our ready-to-ship wire guards available in many sizes and materials. Wire guards and tamper-resistant security brackets can be your ounce of prevention in protecting your valuable equipment. I think Benjamin Franklin would be proud.

Email me at randerson@atsclock.com and tell me how your facility uses “an ounce of prevention.” I’d love to hear your story.

Topics: School Clock Systems

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