Are there benefits to having security cameras in schools? We believe they are an indispensable tool in campus safety. On Monday, April 10th, 2017, A 53 year old man walked onto the campus of a San Bernardino California elementary school, went to the classroom of his estranged wife where she taught special education and opened fire, injuring one student, killing her and a student nearby before killing himself. You do not have to go long before another tragic headline, like this one, hits the news. It is horrible; it sickens us. It also firms our resolve to do all we can to make our schools safer.
Pro Tip: Any visitor can be a potential threat, so it is important to keep an eye on them. If you detect trouble, you can employ other safety precautions such as initiating help from law enforcement or using access control to confine the suspect.
Schools are vulnerable to crimes and acts of violence of all forms and surveillance cameras play an important role in making schools safer. Here are the top reasons why.
Deters Crime in the Area
When security cameras are placed in plain sight, studies show that it reduces criminal activity in that area. Criminals, don’t want to get caught.
Prevent Vandalism and Theft
Schools are often subject to vandalism because they have predictable off hours and inside thieves can access expensive equipment. Well-placed security cameras can deter this activity and help identify anyone that tries.
Eliminate Unauthorized Intruders
Unfortunately, schools are targets for unscrupulous people who want to victimize children. Those wishing to harm the students look like anyone else and would be difficult to detect prior to an event unless you are watching security footage regularly. Child predators of any type, whether sexual predators or drug dealers, will in most cases become familiar with the area, the school schedule, and with the patterns of a victim. School security camera systems can help you spot lurkers.
Monitor Entrances and Exits
Entrance and exit points are vulnerable so having an eye on them are essential to safety. A visible camera can deter crime, or aid in a crime event.
Monitoring hallways and corridors is crucial to maintaining proper security. If any event occurs, having the ability to tap into the security camera system remotely will aid law enforcement.
We have learned that any visitor can be a potential threat, so it is important to keep an eye on them. If you detect trouble, you can employ other safety precautions such as initiating help from law enforcement or using access control to confine the suspect.
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