How Video Surveillance Can Keep Schools Safe

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School safety has become a real concern for administrators and parents alike. Unfortunately, violence, theft and vandalism are issues that schools deal with every day. In the United States, there have been 171 school shootings since 2013. In order to combat these threats, schools are turning to security cameras. Implementing video surveillance can help you monitor large school grounds effectively.   You can combat vandalism and theft, and create a more secure environment for administrators, teachers and students.  This article will give you some answers as to how video surveillance can keep schools safe.

Consider the following ways in which video surveillance can keep schools safe.

Video surveillance can help secure all parts of your school.

Schools come in all shapes and sizes. A school’s grounds may include football, soccer or baseball fields, an athletic center or individual school trailers. When hundreds or thousands of students have access to these areas, it can be difficult to manage who’s doing what and where. Video surveillance allows you to monitor these different areas without having to leave your office. Today’s video surveillance technology offers IP cameras, which can be connected wirelessly over your school’s internet network. Being able to tap into your video stream at any time makes it easy for you to monitor different parts of your school.

Video surveillance can deter crime.

While security cameras can be helpful in solve crimes at your school, they can also act as deterrents. By Conspicuously placed surveillance cameras have been shown to reduce threats of violence and vandalism in schools drastically. This means that you’ll want to install security cameras in plain sight, where students, teachers, visitors and anyone else who steps on school grounds can see them. Sometimes, knowing that your face or voice can be caught on tape can be enough to deter someone from committing a crime.

Video surveillance allows you to monitor visitor activity.

In recent years, schools across the United States have implemented a number of safety measures that pertain to the processes by which visitors access school grounds. These measures range from a simple sign-in sheet, to metal detectors and body searches. Video surveillance, along with badges, sign-in sheets and other measures, is a great way to protect against unauthorized visitors. Video cameras can be particularly helpful in monitoring activity on school grounds by providing information about where on school grounds incidents are likely to happen.  They also provide information about anyone involved in suspicious activity.

Before implementing a video surveillance system, school officials should check the laws in their state about where video cameras are permitted. Ultimately, video surveillance can help keep schools safe and secure places for students, teachers, administrators and visitors alike.

Thinking about installing a video camera system at your school? Click here to request a quote.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_cta h2=”” shape=”square”]SMART Security Pros is a provider of armed security services utilizing only active/retired/prior law enforcement officers as well as Remote Guard Video Surveillance services.  Shawn Scarlata is the Founder/CEO and the author of this post.

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