CCTV IN SCHOOLS IS A DETERRENT TO TROUBLEMAKERS
In addition to providing a real deterrent to burglars, the installation of cctv in learning institutions such as schools and colleges can play an important role in tackling a number of other issues.
An expert in security surveillance cameras, Perth-based Mark Schwarzer of Austguard, says cctv can be of significant benefit in dealing with a host of problems such as arson, drugs, drinking on campus, unauthorised access, bringing weapons onto campus, vandalism and bullying.� In many instances, the possibility of ‘getting caught on camera’ is a huge deterrent, and people will be less inclined to do something if they know there is a distinct possibility that they will be caught.
Think about the problem of bullying in schools (and it’s a problem that every school faces at some stage).� It’s reported that the schools that have cctv cameras have less of a problem with bullying than those which don’t.
Theft is also a problem in schools - not only theft of school property eg computers, but also theft of personal items from school bags such as books, clothing, sports equipment etc.� With security cameras watching their every move, thieves are more likely to think twice (or not think about stealing at all !).
Whilst cctv cameras work on the principle of deterring any wrongdoing, they are also invaluable in that they can provide crucial evidence in the event of a crime. In the event of claims being made against staff members (some of which may be spurious), cctv can not only provide evidence in some cases but also provides a more secure environment for teaching staff to work in.
In Australia for example, 41 schools across the metropolitan area in Perth are using the technology today (which is almost 50% of them), and therefore most students would be aware that their movements are likely to be tracked by a cctv camera in Perth.
It may be a comment on where society is at, or it may just be technology at work, but the fact remains that CCTV in schools is on the rise�