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School Security Radios Can Save Lives

We live in frightening times. 

Just look at the rise in active shooter situations at schools and universities all over the United States. 

As a school administrator or security team, all you can do is prepare for the worst. 

If the unthinkable were to occur, communication would be of paramount importance — the difference-maker in a life or death situation.

You've arrived at the premier resource for school security radios.

Throughout this informative page, we're going to teach you everything you need to know to keep your students and faculty safe. 

When it comes to the safety of your students and staff, you shouldn't trust a no-name, off-the-shelf walkie talkie. These devices often fall well below their listed range, and that's not a gamble you can afford to take. 

That's why at Tech Wholesale, we exclusively sell quality Motorola and Kenwood products that will hold up under pressure, perform as listed, and potentially save lives. 

But there's no magic, one-size-fits-all radio that will be perfect for every elementary school, high school, or university. 

Because schools vary in layout and size, you're going to need to do your homework if you want to make the best decision when it comes to the right security radio. 

Consider this guide your cheat sheet. 

On this page we're going to give you a complete breakdown of the best school security radios available.

Educate yourself on their capabilities to determine the perfect match for your school or campus. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to the experts at Tech Wholesale. You can call us at 888-925-5982 or use the live chat feature on our website.

There is also an online website contact form where you can reach out to us. 

If you think you've found the right radio for you, make sure to contact us for a free personalized quote

What Do You Need in a School Security Radio? 

If the unthinkable were to occur within your school, there's one thing above all else that you need in the security radios that you purchase. 


You have to make sure that, when it matters most, your radio will work for you. 

That's why we recommend UHF radios and Digital radios for school security purposes. 

They have the ability to get around indoor obstructions like walls, doors, desks, and windows. But they can also work outside in order to coordinate the student and faculty evacuation. 

Something like a VHF radio wouldn't work for this kind of atmosphere, as they are mostly optimized for use outside. They're amazing when used in large outdoor areas, but they won't serve you well in a building. 

It's also a good idea to invest in a radio that has built-in privacy codes so that a shooter can't eavesdrop on your security efforts.

It won't do to have a radio that dies in the middle of an emergency situation. That's why you need something with a good battery life that can easily last the entire school day.

Communication should be at the center of your security plan. When everyone is working toward a common security goal, lives can be saved. 

You won't be able to determine the right radio for your school if you don't know your specific radio needs. Call our dedicated radio professionals at 888-925-5982 and let us walk you through it. 

Best School Security Radio Models 

Motorola DLR1020

The Motorola DLR1020 is a digital band radio that is perfect for indoor and outdoor communication. That makes it ideal for school security matters. 

While you can't put a price tag on security, this is actually a device that will save you some money in the long run. That's because there are no FCC license fees associated with it. 

A number of UHF and VHF radios require you to purchase a license from the US government. That is because they broadcast on the FCC's radio waves. By using a digital band, like the one offered through the DLR series, you're bypassing the need for licensing and saving your school district both time and money. 

From a practical standpoint, you're looking at a lightweight device that won't prove cumbersome in the least for faculty members to carry around. It weighs just over four ounces. 

This radio has two different channels, which means you can segment security personnel from the other departments in your school. 

What's more, if you have to communicate with everyone at the same time, you can use the page all or call all available feature that comes standard with these devices. 

It also allows for one-on-one communication with a direct call feature, which could come in handy during a tense emergency. 

Thanks to the Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology built into the DLR1020, along with a unique four-digit radio profile identification, all of your communications will be kept private.

This series also comes with an Instant Mute feature that can be activated with one press of a button.

As for its battery, this device is powered by a rechargeable li-ion battery, which boasts an impressive 14-hour battery life. 

If you think that your school can benefit from the power and functionality of the Motorola DLR1020, contact us today for a free personalized quote

Motorola DLR1060

Did you like the Motorola DLR1020? Well, the DLR1060 has all the functionality of the 1020 with more channels to choose from. 

Instead of the two channels offered by its predecessor, this radio comes with six different channels, which can allow you to segment an even larger staff. 

It has the same page all feature and one to one calling as the 1020. It also runs on a digital band, which means No FCC licensing fees. 

The main takeaway from the DLR series is that it offers static-free communication both inside and outside. And thanks to Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology, that clear communication will be kept 100% private. 

These DLR radios also have an indoor range of up to 300,000 square feet or 20 floors, which is more than enough space to cover most school campuses.

If the DLR Series interests you, reach out to us for a free quote

Motorola CLS1410

Clear, Light, and Simple. 


That's the mantra for Motorola's CLS series. That mantra is shown off in full through the Motorola CLS1410. 

This is a four-channel UHF radio with reliable outdoor communication for up to two miles. It also has a 15-floor range inside, making it ideal for school use. 

This device makes good use of Vibracall alerts. Your two-way radio won't blurt out communications in front of dangerous people. 

Private line codes also work well to keep your security communications private.

In an emergency, security personnel might have their hands full. That's why this device comes with voice-activated transmission to allow for hands-free use.

On top of that, this is a radio that can be easily cloned. You'll only have to do the initial setup on one of the devices you purchase. After that, it's a simple matter to copy those settings onto all of your other units. 

Can your school utilize the awesome power of the Motorola CLS1410? If so, let us put together a free personalized quote that is tailored to the specific needs of your campus

Motorola CLS1110

The Motorola CLS1110 comes from the same radio family as the 1410. If you liked the features and power of that radio, but you don't need all the staff segmentation, then this is the choice for you. 

The CLS1110 is a UHF radio that performs well both indoors and outside. It's better for smaller schools and has only one channel.

Despite its lack of channels, it packs the same 15 floors of reliable communication and a two-mile outdoor range. 

Some of its other notable features are Vibracall alerts and private line codes to protect communication. 

Like the 1410, this device is easily cloned for a simple setup process.

If your small school would do well with the Motorola CLS1110, contact us right now for a free no-obligation quote

Which School Security Radio is Right for You? 

Best School Security Radio for a University Campus

A large university campus will find the most luck using the Motorola DLR1060.

The digital band that this device runs on is highly effective over a large campus. 

With reliable communication of up to two miles outside, you'll be able to maintain contact with security officials no matter where they might be on the grounds. 

Typically, colleges have many buildings spread out over a large area. That means you need something that works in both indoor and outdoor settings. That's the Motorola DLR1060. 

When inside, this baby can communicate over 20 floors or 300,000 square feet of space. It will easily be able to get around your campus. 

The page all and Call all features on the DLR1060, coupled with its one to one calling, are ideal in a shooter or trespasser situation.

Furthermore, the FHSS technology that comes equipped with every device will protect your secure communications.

If your university is interested in the Motorola DLR1060, contact us today for a free quote. 

Best School Security Radio for a High School

High schools are typically larger than a standard elementary school. That's why they need the power of the Motorola CLS1410

Its impressive 15-floor range will easily cover a high school, many of which are no more than five floors at the most. 

There are four different channels on the 1410 to allow for staff segmentation. High schools typically have a larger faculty than elementary or middle schools, so those channels should be put to good use. 

You can have one channel for security, one for administration, one for janitorial, and one for faculty. 

Vibracall alerts ensure that your device won't make noise in a dire situation. 

On top of that, these devices are easily cloned, meaning your setup process will be nice and straightforward. 

Private line codes will work to keep your communications secure in an emergency situation.

High Schools need stellar security. The Motorola CLS1410 can help you achieve that. Contact us today for a free quote on this quality device

Best School Security Radio for a Small Elementary School

Smaller elementary schools don't need more than the Motorola CLS1110

It's the same stellar power as the Motorola 1410, which we recommended for larger high schools, but since these elementary schools are typically smaller, they won't need multiple channels.

It has the same easy cloning process and private line codes as the 1410, with that all-important Vibracall alert to keep incoming messages discreet. 

On top of that, there's a 15-floor indoor range and a two-mile outdoor range, so you're going to be able to get clear communications both indoors and outdoors using this UHF device. 

Your elementary school needs to ensure communication in a dire scenario. Contact us now for a free quote on the Motorola CLS1110.

Want to Learn More? 

Your students and faculty trust that when they're in your care, they're safe.

Don't leave that safety to chance. 

Ensure that your emergency protocols are backed up by clear communication, which only comes from choosing the right school security radio.

You owe it to yourself, your staff, and your students to make an educated purchase decision.

Thankfully, you won't have to do that alone. Contact us anytime via live chat, contact form, or on the phone at 888-925-5982 for help in making this vital selection. 

If you know which radio you want, contact us to receive a personalized quote. 

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