Schools across Australia are becoming more and more concerned with their safety, and for good reason. With persistent vandals, thieves and even bullies, Surveillance cameras in schools can not only act as a deterrent, but can provide evidence of the guilty parties if necessary.
We have an example of our work with surveillance cameras in schools here, but first – let’s talk about the pros and cons.
Pro #1: Instant and Remote Monitoring
Not only can the footage be referred back to if needed, but monitoring of areas can also occur in real-time. Footage can be broadcasted across the internet if needed, so can be viewed from anywhere, anytime.
Pro #2: Quick and Easy Installation
Modern IP surveillance cameras, unlike older analogue CCTV systems, can be installed and adapted to fit changing school layouts and needs. They can be either wired or wireless.
Pro #3: Prevents Crime
One of the most obvious uses for IP surveillance cameras is the fact that deters criminals such as vandals, of which schools are a big target, as well as thieves and even violent crime. And, it captures evidence of these crimes if they occur.
Pro #4: Deters Misbehaviour
Of course, the cameras save all footage so any wrong-doing can be referred to later. But, did you know that the mere sight of surveillance cameras can deter not only criminals, but students or even employees from misbehaving?
Even small things like littering can improve with the addition of surveillance cameras.
Pro #5: Peace of Mind – Staff, Students AND Parents
Similarly to how the presence of the cameras can have a psychological effect on the guilty parties, it also gives a sense of security to students and employees. When people know that their safety is being monitored, they don’t have to walk around with stress and worry.
Pro #6: Keep Track of Visitors
Whilst sign in-books can account for who is coming in and out of the school, they are hardly a reliable system. Surveillance cameras in schools can stop this problem from occurring and again, provide footage if need to refer to later.
Con #1: They Can’t Stop a Crime Once it’s Taking Place.
Of course, whilst the cameras do have a huge effect on crime through deterrence, if a crime is taking place, they cannot alter this fact. However, if monitored, the crime can be attended to quicker
Con #2: Privacy Complaints
As long as the cameras are installed in public / common areas, privacy should not be an issue. Your provider will know what should be covered.
The Bottom Line on Surveillance Cameras in Schools
Setting up surveillance cameras in schools can not only prove to deter criminals, but also increase good behaviour of students, employees and visitors. They add peace of mind for everyone, including parents.
While some question the ethics of the privacy, in public areas and as long as not concealed, this are not an issue.
All in all, surveillance cameras in schools add a level of security to any premises that cannot be substituted, serve as an insurance policy should anything unfavourable occur.
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