More High Schools Install Video Surveillance to Quell Theft and Student Fights
Another high school, based in Missoula, Montana, has lost more than $30,000 worth of stolen educational products and equipment in the last two years. Now, Sentinel High School is fighting back by installing 30 high-tech surveillance cameras throughout its facility to deter theft, capture student fights on video, and monitor for any other suspicious criminal activity.
School officials are hopeful that the newly added security cameras in the high school will help reduce the amount of theft, not just from the school itself, but also from students who have their own possessions stolen by other students. The video surveillance cameras are strategically mounted in key areas, including ingress and egress points.
Students attending Sentinel High School received a tutorial about the surveillance cameras as well as the security guards on site to ask questions. They were also informed of the benefits of the school's heightened security measures, which included deterring theft and looking out for other pernicious activity like bullying, physical fights, and vandalism.
Installed just last month in November 2012, the high school's principal said that the new cameras have already been instrumental in identifying criminal suspects on video. The principal noted that the surveillance cameras helped a School Resource Officer identify a thief on video in just 15 minutes by reviewing recorded video versus utilizing money and other internal resources to catch thieves. He believes that the high school will save a significant amount of money in the long run.
Last year, the Missoula community voted to allow for increased security at schools such as Sentinel. The video surveillance cameras were funded by building reserve money according to Principal Tom Blakely.