There are many important reasons why schools have a definite necessity in having security systems installed throughout school grounds. Security systems prevent issues such as: vandalism, bullying, criminal activity and sexual predators. Up until recently, many schools had CCTV security systems installed throughout outdoor play areas, cafeterias, and hallways to mainly prevent and monitor vandalism. It turns out that cameras can prevent and monitor many other problematic issues.
Vandalism on school properties have been an issue for many years and school budgets have been applied in order to purchase and install security systems to minimize damage. The installation and use of security cameras have been proven to minimize vandalism, either by catching the perpetrator or deterring such activities from occurring in the first place.
Surveillance cameras have become essential in monitoring and preventing bullying as well. Bullying has always been an important issue in schools, but only recently has it become recognized as part of the school’s responsibility to monitor and discourage such activities. The Sunrise news station, which is located in Sydney Australia, reported a decrease in school bullying after cameras were installed to prevent vandalism (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSgqR49ijMs ).
Schools that have been investing their money on CCTV security camera systems are reassuring for many parents. A school willing to invest their money in security systems ensures that the general safety and security of their children are being addressed during schools hours, including after-school extracurricular activities and programs.
An important issue that has been overlooked many times are sexual predators. One of the biggest threats that school children face is the threat of sexual predators and pedophiles hanging around unobtrusively on school campuses or in parking lots. Camera system footages are very useful in tracking down predators or helping inform police about threatening situations in real time.
Criminal activity is also a problem occurring on school property and during school operating hours. Drugs being dealt on school grounds have been a highly problematic issue for many years. The presence of highly visible surveillance cameras at strategic locations, such as buildings and public areas/ school property premises, can prevent the dealing and usage of drugs. It is foremost a deterrent and of course a tool in apprehending those involved in such criminal activity and removing them from school grounds.
School security personnel monitoring the screens and viewing security camera positions can take real-time action in notifying law enforcement and evacuating children, faculty, and staff in case of emergencies, such as fires or other dangerous situations. The horrific murders that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut is an example of an emergency situation in which quick evacuation would be a necessity.
The most popular cameras used by schools are PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) Cameras. They are ideal for real time monitoring and can cover 360 degrees.