School safety continues to be a top concern, and a video surveillance system can be an important part of a school's security system. Video surveillance systems help you monitor activities around campus and spot trouble as it is happening.
The most common use of a school video surveillance system is to increase student and staff safety. Prominently placed cameras warn students and staff that they may be monitored, which can deter bad behavior.
Cameras can also catch thieves, vandals, and bullies in the act, allowing the school and police to positively identify all parties involved and see exactly what happened.
Video surveillance systems are also useful tools when creating your visitor management system. Cameras can be placed at all building entrances to alert office staff when a visitor arrives.
You may also want to use the cameras to monitor all visitors to ensure they check in with the office, register at the front desk, follow school rules about contact with students while in the building, and leave once their visit is complete.
One of the largest benefits of modern IP video surveillance systems is the ease of camera monitoring - your systems is accessible through live monitoring by security officers at your school, along with remote and mobile viewing even when you're not on site!
The elementary and middle schools in the tight-knit town of Welches, Oregon have upgraded security over the holiday break, which includes a brand new surveillance camera system located in the front entrance area.
The new camera system will be trained on school visitors, enabling office personnel to monitor the visitor vestibule and speak with all guests before allowing them into the school.
As reported in the Mountain Times, Principal Kendra Payne remarked, "I think all of our community and parents are supportive of keeping our students safe; I know we feel more secure in the office."
Prior to the increase in security, visitors were able to come into the school and pick up their children without proper identification. Now, parents will need to wait in the vestibule to speak with office personnel before their children are released to them.
The Portland Public Schools district announced on October 21, 2013 that all K-8 schools (including elementary and middle schools) will be outfitted with video surveillance systems within the next two years.
As reported by the Oregonian, $1.4 million will go towards the new security measure. Installation of these new systems is underway at 14 schools already, with electronic key card readers to be added at all front door school entrances. Incidents such as the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook along with the unsolved disappearance of student Kyron Horman in 2010 have reinforced the need for increased security efforts in schools. To read the full article, click here.
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